Congratulations, Buccaneers

Congratulations December 2020 Graduate! We look forward to honoring your accomplishment and celebrating with your family, friends and the academic community during our Virtual Commencement Ceremony on December 12, 2020 at 10am. All December graduates, across all colleges and schools, will be honored during this ceremony.

As an important part of the event, each graduate will have the opportunity to be recognized with an official slide that can be customized with their photo and a personal message, and which can be downloaded and shared on social media.

In order to take part in this special aspect of the ceremony, please register and note the upcoming deadlines to submit the information needed to create a personalized graduation slide.

November 12, 2020: We want to get your name right! Login to the website on or before this date to share the proper pronunciation of your name, spelling it phonetically and submitting a voice recording through the features on the site.

November 20, 2020: Send in your media for your moment to shine! Submit your photo, personal message, and even a short video clip on or before this date for inclusion on your personalized slide.

Unfortunately, late submissions cannot be included, so please mark your calendars!

Baccalaureate Mass & Rose And Candle Ceremony

Barry University Main Campus & Virtual
Friday, December 11, 2020 at 4:00pm

The celebratory Baccalaureate Mass & traditional Rose and Candle ceremony honoring Barry University graduates will take place on December 11, 2020 at 4pm. While commencement is entirely virtual, we plan to offer in-person reserved seating for this beautiful outdoor event, provided conditions permit, as well as a virtual option given capacity limits and for those who prefer to attend remotely.

Please RSVP for the Baccalaureate Mass & Rose and Candle Ceremony no later than November 20, 2020. We have reached capacity for in-person attendance, so the event is now available for virtual registration only.

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.

During this celebration of graduation, graduates are encouraged to wear their academic robes, without hoods or caps. This event is open to Barry University graduates across all schools and programs.

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.

Graduation Survey

Starting November 7th, you can complete the First Destination Survey (Graduation Survey).

  1. Please log into Handshake using your Barry University credentials.

  2. Once in Handshake click on the "Career Center" tab at the top and select "First Destination".

This is a quick survey (5 minutes) that will help the university gain a better understanding the status of our graduates. If you need assistance with your job search or would like to set up a virtual appointment with your career counselor, select Appointments in the Career Center tab and you can schedule an appointment right then.

Cap and Gown Distribution

Account Balance must be under $1,000.00 to receive caps & gowns.

Caps and gowns will be mailed to you if you complete the graduation survey and place your order. You will receive an email with the instructions to order the cap & gowns and have it sent to your current address.

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:

Legacy Graduate

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

Barry University Doctoral Robe

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

Custom Doctoral Robe Order Form

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