Commencement Information

Making a Difference One Gown at a Time!!

Barry University Bachelor 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.

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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 a $200.00 fee.
  • 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, printing of programs, rental of the ceremony site, the Graduation Survey, and other items associated with graduation. 

Graduation Survey

So that Career Services can best serve Barry students and alumni, we need some information from you!

The graduation survey will be emailed to your Barry mymail account a week before the commencement ceremony. All graduating Students must complete the survey in order to pick up their cap & gown. Students must bring the survey receipt to cap & gown pickup.

Complete the senior survey and enter to win a diploma frame valued at $150.00, provided by Herff-Jones.

Pre-Commencement Activities

Graduation Rings

Herff-Jones Ring Company will be on campus in the bookstore throughout the semester. The dates that they will be on campus are listed at www.herffjones.com/college/barry.

Cap and Gown Distribution

Account balance must be under $1000.00 to pick up caps and gowns.

Caps and gowns are included in the graduation fee and may be picked up at the Landon Events Room on the following times only:

  • Thursday, December 13, 2018: 9:00a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 14, 2018: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

 PACE students and Education students who take classes at off main campus sites will receive their caps and gowns from their site directors.

Barry University conforms to the Intercollegiate Code for academic dress which regulates what is worn with the academic gown, hood, and cap for the commencement ceremony. Students may only wear honor cords given by Barry Academic Honors societies. Honor society, sorority/fraternity satin scarves may not be worn. The Photographer will be on campus for pictures in Landon Student Union.

Tell the University about yourself

Legacy Family Reception

Weber Grand Hall.
Friday, December 14, 2018 at 2:30,

To commemorate the achievements of our legacy students, a Legacy Family Reception is held on the Friday before graduation. During this special event, members of the University's administration invite alumni relatives to bestow a special legacy cord upon the graduate, thus welcoming them into the alumni ranks alongside their family members. The cord, which features Barry's colors of red, black and silver, will be worn during the graduation ceremony to designate the graduate’s being part of a Barry legacy family. As this event is by invitation only, all graduates receive an email detailing how to identify as legacy students and to RSVP. For more information on special programming offered to legacy students and families during commencement.

Baccalaureate Mass & Ross and Candle Ceremony

Cor Jesu Chapel, Barry University Main Campus
Friday, December 14, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

All graduates are invited and encouraged to attend the Baccalaureate Liturgy. The Baccalaureate liturgy is a celebration of graduation. Graduates should wear academic robes (no hoods or caps). Guests of the graduates are welcome.

Following the Baccalaureate Mass, students are encouraged to attend the Rose and Candle Ceremony. The Rose and Candle Ceremony is a traditional ceremony at Barry which attempts to symbolize the bonds of friendship and sending forth of graduates. Graduates exchange a candle, the symbol of wisdom and knowledge, with a Barry underclassman of their choice. In return, graduates receive a rose as a symbol of love and friendship. Those serving as roses should wear business dress attire.

Commencement Saturday December 15, 2018

Over 1200 students will receive diplomas during graduate and undergraduate commencement ceremonies on Saturday, December 15, 2018. Two ceremonies will be held at the James L. Knight Convention Center (400 S.E. Second Avenue, Miami, Florida). All graduating students from all of the Barry University campuses are invited to participate.

  • Morning Ceremony - (10:00 AM): College of Nursing and Health Sciences & Adrian Dominican School of Education.
  • Afternoon Ceremony - (2:30 PM): College of Arts and Sciences; School of Business; School of Social Work; and School of Professional and Career Education

In recognition of the dignity and importance of the Commencement Ceremony, we ask that all attendees observe good manners and appropriate decorum throughout the Ceremony.

Barry University reserves the right to remove persons who disrupt or disrespect the Ceremony with inappropriate, rude or discourteous behavior or vocal expressions.

Additionally, please hold your applause until all graduates have been recognized so that each graduate’s name can be heard.

Directions to the Commencement Ceremony