Commencement

Congratulations, Graduates! We look forward to honoring your accomplishment and celebrating with you on Monday, May 10, 2021 at 10am. We are excitedly planning an in-person, physically distanced ceremony for our May 2021, December 2020 and May 2020 graduates, pandemic conditions permitting. The ceremony will take place at the baseball stadium where the Miami Marlins play. Please make note as you are making your travel plans that the baseball stadium previously known as Marlins Park was recently renamed loanDepot Park.

Space is limited due to physical distancing requirements and each graduate who RSVP’d for in-person attendance will receive 4 tickets for guests to attend the ceremony in-person. Commencement will also stream live so all your family and friends can be part of your big day!

Ceremony Format

We are delighted that this year’s ceremony will feature an inspiring Commencement Speaker, with a formal announcement to follow in the coming weeks.

The configuration of the venue allows for an exciting and engaging celebration while still practicing physical distancing. Though graduates will not be able to cross the main stage during the formal ceremony, we are developing unique and special ways to recognize your achievement. Additionally, we will be utilizing the jumbotron throughout the ceremony and friends and family will be able to share written words of celebration and encouragement in advance, which will run on one of the screens in the stadium for the duration of the event.

Health & Safety

All ceremony participants and guests will have to adhere to University as well as stadium health and safety protocols and screening procedures. Due to policy at the park, only small clutch bags will be permitted in the stadium, with limited exception. More information on protocols and what is permissible will be shared as it is available.


Baccalaureate Mass & Rose and Candle Ceremony

Spring 2021 graduates are invited to the Baccalaureate Mass and traditional Rose and Candle Ceremony on Friday, May 7, 2021 at 6pm on Main Campus. 

The Baccalaureate Mass is a celebration of graduation, and the Rose and Candle Ceremony symbolizes the bonds of friendship and the sending forth of the graduates. Graduates exchange a candle, the symbol of wisdom and knowledge, with a Barry student of their choice. In return, graduates receive a rose as a symbol of love and friendship.

Graduates are encouraged to wear their academic robes, without hoods or caps.

This event will be in-person, provided pandemic conditions allow. In-person attendance is limited to graduates and the person they’ve selected to exchange a rose and candle with. All other friends and family will need to attend virtually via live stream.

RSVP is required for in-person attendance and since space is limited registrations will be accepted until the event reaches capacity.

RSVP is now closed.

Applying for Graduation

To receive your diploma, you must register for a Barry University Degree on Web Advisor after your academic advisor has given permission.

Students seeking a degree must be registered by the announced/published deadline for a particular degree date. Once the deadline has passed, students will not be able to receive their degree until the next degree date.

Graduation Fee

  • Students Registering to receive a bachelor's or Master's degree will pay $200.00.
  • Students registering to receive a Doctoral degree will pay a $250.00 fee.

The graduation fee applies to all graduating students regardless of whether or not you attend the ceremony. The fee covers the cost of the diploma, cap & gown, Graduation Survey, and other items associated with offering the graduation ceremony.

Cap and Gown Ordering Information

The deadline to place an order for your cap & gown from Herff Jones passed on April 13, 2021.

The bookstore is placing an order for additional sets in the hopes that graduates who did not meet the deadline but wish to have a cap and gown will have another opportunity to receive theirs. More information will be available once the order is delivered.

Your Account Balance must be under $1,000.00 to receive your cap & gown. Also, you must complete your graduation survey when it becomes available, 4 weeks prior to the Commencement Ceremony. You will receive an email from Handshake to take this survey.

Please review the Graduation Cap Decoration and Stoles Guidelines

Recyclable Gowns

Making a Difference One Gown at a Time!!

Barry University Bachelor and Masters graduates wear a gown that is totally recyclable. Each Eco-Friendly gown reduces the amount of material recycled by using 27 plastic bottles that will not end up in a landfill. Along with saving bottles from the landfill, each gown gives back to the Environment and introduces another avenue for sustainability.

Pre-Commencement Activities

Graduation Rings and Announcements are found on the site: https://collegegrad.herffjones.com/

Legacy Graduate

All graduates receive an email detailing how to identify as legacy students. For more information on legacy students, contact Alumni Relations at alumni@barry.edu.

Barry University Doctoral Robe

This robe is custom made and available to any student graduating with a Barry University doctoral degree.

For orders, please contact Dr. Eileen McDonough at the main campus at 305-899-3085 or by e-mail at emcdonough@barry.edu.

Custom Doctoral Robe Order Form

This is a custom order and takes 10 weeks for delivery.