Graduation & Commencement

Fall Commencement Information

Congratulations! The Mercy College community is proud of how hard you have worked to earn your degree!

Mercy College of Ohio December 2020 Virtual Commencement

Celebrate Mercy College of Ohio's December 2020 graduates in this virtual commencement ceremony!

Spring 2021 Commencement

Congratulations! The Mercy College community is proud of how hard you have worked to earn your degree!

SPRING COMMENCEMENT (Decision coming April 19, 2021) – Be prepared to move to Option 2 or Option 3 given the current situation.

Commencement Option 1:

Toledo: Commencement at Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral on Friday, May 7, 2021

: Commencement at the St. Columba Cathedral in Youngstown on Monday, May 10, 2021, at 6 p.m.

Due to health and safety concerns, commencement ceremonies will look very different. The processional and recessional are prohibited by the Cathedral and the Reception Hall. Also, we will have a soloist who will sing our hymns, and all other participants will be asked not to sing to reduce the aerosol spread. Each ceremony will also have a student speaker in lieu of both a commencement speaker and a student speaker.

RSVP for Spring Commencement

Only those students who have RSVP’d are eligible to participate. The deadline to RSVP is April 1, 2021.

Toledo: RSVP for May Commencement
Youngstown: RSVP for May Commencement

The safety of everyone is of utmost importance to Mercy College! Please do not attend if you have any symptoms of the coronavirus or the flu/cold.

Graduates will be permitted to bring three guests to the Cathedral or to the Reception Hall, and face coverings that cover both the nose and mouth must be worn at all times while in the venues and all social distancing guidelines will be enforced. Since guests will be limited and most of the Mercy College community will not be attending, we are exploring live stream options in both Toledo and Youngstown. We ask that only children who can wear a face mask for the duration of the ceremony (one hour) attend. It is preferred that guests accompanying the graduates are adults. There will be up to three ceremonies in Toledo:

  • Ceremony one will be from 10-11 a.m.
  • Ceremony one will be from 1-2 p.m.
  • Ceremony two will be from 4-5 p.m.

The final number of ceremonies and which ceremony you will be participating in will depend on the number of those who RSVP for the event.

Contingent upon health and safety conditions in each location on Monday, April 19, 2021, a final decision will be made by college administration along with incident command regarding the ceremony outlined in Option 1 or to move to Option 2 or 3.

Option 2: Live Stream Ceremony

  • Platform Committee only at the Cathedral no students present-from 1-2 p.m. – Graduate names read
  • Diploma pickup scheduled at school after 2 p.m.

Option 3: Recorded Ceremony for Toledo and/or Youngstown

  • Fully online
  • Names read
  • Diplomas and programs mailed

The most current information about graduation and commencement is on this webpage. Please direct any questions to

Cap and Gown Order

The deadline to order your Cap and Gown through Jostens is April 1 to ensure you receive your regalia prior to the Commencement date. Please place your order immediately to avoid late fees.

  • Caps and gowns are priced differently per student, depending on the degree you are earning.
  • You must purchase the gown that corresponds with your degree. (For example, Bachelor's degree students must purchase the Bachelor's degree package which includes the cap, gown, and hood.)

Instructions for Ordering Your Cap and Gown

  1. Go to:
  2. Next to Get Started Now type in Mercy College of Ohio and select
  3. Click on Graduation Caps and Gowns
  4. Choose: Student Toledo Campus 2021 Grad OR Student Youngstown Campus 2021 Grad
  5. Click on either the Certificate or Associate or Bachelor (depending on the certification/degree you are earning or have earned as of the 2021 academic year)
  6. Click on the Customize It button
  7. Enter your height and weight and click on Next
  8. Select the major in which you will be obtaining or have obtained your degree in the 2021 academic year and click on Complete
  9. Click on Add to Cart
  10. Type in Your First and Last Name and click on Check Out Now
  11. Once your order has been successful, you will receive a "Thank You" message and confirmation number. Print this for your records. In the event of an order error, you will need to submit this to student records to avoid additional fees.

Applying for Graduation

Graduation Applications are available through the graduation application link below. Please complete your graduation application in accordance with your academic advisor. Your academic advisor will review your plan of study with you and must sign your graduation application for it to be complete.

Completed graduation applications are to be submitted to your academic advisor or returned to the Student Records Office or Darnell Irvine (at the Youngstown location) with an advisor signature.

Students who plan to graduate in the following semesters your applications are due:

GraduatingApplication Deadline
Spring 2021Friday, November 6, 2020
Summer 2021Monday, February 1, 2021
Fall 2021Friday, July 2, 2021
Spring 2022Friday, November 5, 2021

*Summer graduates are invited to walk in the Spring Commencement ceremony prior to their final semester.

Complete this graduation application in accordance with your academic advisor.

  • Document .pdfGraduation Application

    Complete this graduation application in accordance with your academic advisor.


Diploma and Honor Cords

*Honor cords for eligible undergraduates will be provided at the event.
*Diplomas are mailed to graduates two weeks after the end of the semester.

Diploma Frames

Toledo and Youngstown students and alumni have the opportunity to order a beautiful custom Mercy College of Ohio diploma frame. These frames are embossed with the Mercy College Seal and will allow you to display your diploma with pride. Build your own custom frame at Frames are shipped to you directly. Please feel free to stop by the Mercy College Clothing Store to see a sample.

Diploma sizes are as follows:

Certificate: 5x7 inches

Associate and Bachelor's: 8x10 inches

Master's: 8.5x11 inches