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Newman University Graduation

2021 Baccalaureate

Cathedral of Immaculate Conception Map

Thursday, May 6, 6:00 p.m.

2021 Commencement

Hartman Arena Map

Friday, May 7

10:00 a.m. - School of Business, School of Education & Social Work

3:00 p.m. - School of Arts and Sciences, School of Catholic Studies, School of Nursing & Allied Health


Commencement Live Streams

Commencement Details

Graduating students have been sent an email to RSVP for commencement and the Baccalaureate Mass. Students have until April 9th to submit their response, which includes a request for guest tickets (maximum is four (4) tickets).

Tickets will be distributed in the Dugan Library atrium during the week of April 26. Outreach students may pick up tickets from their dean or program director.

Seating at Hartman Arena will be designated in groupings that allow for required social distancing. Guests are ONLY allowed to sit in designated seats, which will be clearly marked.

MASK ARE REQUIRED (per Hartman Arena regulations)

Graduating students are required to arrive at the arena no later than 45 minutes prior to the start of their scheduled commencement.

Please note that there is not a secure place for graduating students to store personal items (i.e. purses, coats, etc.) during commencement, please leave them with your guests.

Baccalaureate Details

The traditional religious ceremony honors all Newman University graduates. The ceremony is a Catholic Mass with special music and readings. Selected graduate will also share reflections about their time at Newman.

Attending graduating student should arrive in their graduation gowns (no caps).

Please note that there is not a secure place for graduating students to store personal items (i.e. purses, coats, etc.) during Mass.

The RSVP deadline for Baccalaureate is April 9. While the university will NOT be handing out tickets, once a maximum COVID-19 capacity for the Cathedral is reached no additional guests will be allowed. Each graduate may request up to two (2) RSVPs for family members.


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Student Grad Questions and Answers

The Registrar’s Office will mail the diploma to each graduate. Please update your address in JetStream accordingly.

Yes. All students must apply for graduation and pay the application fee.

If you are attending the ceremony, you must purchase a cap and gown through this Josten's link

Baccalaureate degree candidates qualifying for academic honor cords will have the cords mailed to them. Please contact 316.942.4291 ext. 2121 with questions.

Baccalaureate and Master degree candidates qualifying for the non-academic stole should contact the Office of Student Life with questions at 316.942.4291 ext. 2200.

Graduation applications are sent to students via their Newman email address. To locate final application deadlines, please refer to the online Schedule of Classes Information pages here.

Completion of the graduation application includes the payment of the $100 graduation fee. This fee may be paid online here.

Until students file their application for graduation, the Registrar’s Office has no formal notification of their degree, major(s), minors or areas of concentration. The application also gives students the opportunity to list their name the way they want it on their diploma. This is also the name that is printed in the commencement program and read at commencement.

A Jostens representative will be available on campus in the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center at various times throughout the semester. (Watch your Newman email for dates!) Students can also order online at Note: Students who order rings from the Jostens representative on campus will receive a discount that is not available when ordered online.

A student’s application for degree is in effect for the academic year in which it is filed. An academic year consists of the fall semester, the spring semester following it, and the summer term following it. If students do not complete their requirements within that academic year they must reapply and should consult their academic advisor for details.

No. Only one degree is given at a time and that is the degree for the major you list first on your degree application. Both majors are listed on your transcript and they are listed in the order you list them on your degree application.

Students are expected to complete all their courses by the end of the semester they have indicated they will graduate. They may walk in the ceremony but may not graduate with an "Incomplete" grade.

An official transcript (not a grade report or a faxed transcript) must reach the Newman University Registrar’s Office by the date listed on the Important Dates for Graduating Students card in the graduation packet. Keep in mind that it is your responsibility to request the transcript. It should be sent directly to:

Lori Gibbon, Registrar
Newman University
3100 McCormick
Wichita, KS 67213-2097

Guest Attendee Questions and Answers

All graduation activities in 2020 have limited seating. Graduating students must RSVP for both the Baccalaureate Mass & Commencement ceremonies. NO guests will be allowed to enter the commencement ceremonies without a paper ticket.

All graduation activities will be livestreamed here on this page, our Newman University Youtube Page, and our Newman University Facebook Page.

Hartman Arena and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception are both handicap accessible. There will be special seating areas in Hartman for guests who will be in wheelchairs. If one of our guests will be in a wheelchair we do ask that you email Laura Hartley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. prior to the ceremony.

Our ceremonies typical last no longer than 2 hours.

Professional photographers will be on site taking photos during the commencement ceremony. Photograph proofs and rate sheets will be emailed to the graduates a few weeks after the event. NO guests will be allowed on the floor during the commencement ceremony. If you would like to take candid photos with your graduate we ask that you do it outside at one of our photo stations.

It is strongly encouraged that you set up an outside meeting location with your graduates prior to the ceremony as the graduating students and guests will exit Hartman from different locations. All attendees will be encouraged to exit Hartman Arena immediately so that staff can begin the cleaning process.

  • All people in attendance at both the Baccalaureate Mass and the Commencement Ceremonies will be required to wear a mask.
  • At Commencement, all graduating students who want to attend will be issued 4 tickets for guests, those 4 tickets will be in a clump that will be 6ft away from other guests. You must have your paper tickets to entire the graduation.
  • At Baccalaureate Mass, all graduating students who want to attend will be given the option of RSVPing for up to 2 guests. Once we reach COVID capacity for this event, the RSVP option will be turned off.
  • All facilities will be sanitized before and after each event. Graduating students and guests should not arrive any earlier than 45 minutes in order to allow for the necessary sanitary precautions to be conducted.