Graduation & Commencement

Fall 2023 Commencement Dates

Commencement Date: Friday, December 8, 2023
Location: The Peristyle at the Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St., Toledo, OH 43620
Graduate time of arrival: 4:30 p.m.
The commencement ceremony will be from 6-7:30 p.m.
For directions and more information about the Toledo Museum of Art please visit their website.

Commencement Date: Thursday, December 14, 2023
Location: St. Columba Cathedral, 159 W Rayen Ave, Youngstown, OH 44503.
The commencement ceremony will be at 6 p.m.
Each graduate will be allowed 8 guests.
For directions and more information about the St. Columba Cathedral please visit their website.

Important Information
If you are a Youngstown Student, your ceremony will be in Youngstown.

If you are a Toledo Student, you will attend one of the ceremonies in Toledo. The location of your ceremony is contingent upon the home location of your certificate or degree program. Graduates are asked to dress in appropriate attire under their academic regalia. Business or casual business attire and comfortable shoes are recommended for the event.

More information and a timeline of the event will be provided via email. If you have any questions, please email the Student Records Office at

RSVP for Commencement

RSVP for Fall Commencement

Toledo and Online Students: RSVP for Commencement
Youngstown Campus Fall 2023 Commencement RSVP Form

Pinning Ceremonies

Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Fall 2023 Pinning will be held on Thursday, December 7, 2023, at 5:30 p.m. at the GESU Catholic Church, 2049 Parkside Blvd, Toledo, OH.

Students who have questions about their pinning ceremony are encouraged to speak with the program director; all others may contact Barbara Frankforther at for more information.

Cap and Gown Order Deadline

The deadline to order your Cap and Gown through Jostens is October 20 to ensure you receive your regalia by the Monday before 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. Click on the link “SHOPMYSCHOOL” and enter Mercy College of Ohio, Toledo. Click on the link for your school.
  3. Click on Graduation Caps and Gowns
  4. Choose: Student Toledo Campus 2023 Grad OR Student Youngstown Campus 2023 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 2023 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 2023 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

To apply for graduation you must submit an application for graduation through your EMPOWER ME account. You can access your account at

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

GraduatingApplication Deadline
Summer 2023Monday, January 30, 2023
Fall 2023Monday, July 10, 2023
Spring 2024Friday, November 3, 2023
Summer 2024Monday, January 29, 2024
Fall 2024Monday, July 29, 2024
Spring 2025November 8, 2024

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

Detailed instructions for how to submit your Application for Graduation can be found below. If you have any questions or issues please consult with your Academic Advisor or contact

  • Document .pdfApplication for Graduation and Graduation Checklist

    At Mercy College to graduate, students must apply for graduation one term prior to completion of coursework in order to obtain their degree or certificate. The following process details how students apply for graduation at the College.


Diploma and Honor Cords

*Diplomas and Honor cords for eligible undergraduates will be provided at the event.
*For those that do not attend the ceremony, diplomas and cords will be mailed out two weeks after the end of the semester.

Diploma Frames

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

Fall 2023 Commencement Livestream

Congratulations! The Mercy College community is proud of its graduates!

Click here to view the Fall 2023 Commencement Livestream

Videos from Previous Graduation and Commencement Ceremonies and Events

Congratulations! The Mercy College community is proud of its graduates!

Click here to view the Spring 2023 ceremonies.
Click here to view the Fall 2022 commencement ceremony
Click here to view the Spring 2022, 4 p.m. commencement ceremony
Click here to view the Spring 2022, 6 p.m. commencement ceremony
Click here to view the Spring 2022 Pinning Ceremony