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 on Barry.edu/live so all your family and friends can be part of your big day!

Ceremony Format

The theme for the ceremony is Honoring Resiliency and Community Heroes and the event will feature an inspiring Commencement Speaker as well as accomplished community leaders who will receive honorary degrees.

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.

Ticket Distribution

All graduates must pick up tickets for themselves and their guests at Bucky’s Cove in the Landon Student Union during one of the following ticket distribution times:

  • Thursday, May 6: 9am-7pm
  • Friday, May 7: 9am-7pm
  • Saturday, May 8: 12pm-7pm
  • Sunday, May 9: 12pm-7pm

Please be sure to bring your Barry University ID.

If you are unable to pick up your tickets, and wish to have a friend or family member do so on your behalf, please send an email from your Barry University address to: emcdonough@barry.edu with your name, student ID number and the name of the person picking up your tickets. Please be sure this person has your student ID number and a copy of the email you sent with them when they come.

Pictures with the President

President Allen wants to be the first to congratulate you! Stop by Landon Courtyard in your cap & gown during one of the times below for your graduation moment photo with President Allen.

Just as if you were crossing the stage, we will have a photographer to capture the moment. Graduates are also welcome to have someone join them to snap a photo.

  • Friday, May 7: 3:30-5:30pm
  • Saturday, May 8: 12pm-2pm

On-Campus Photo Ops

Graduates are also invited to come by main campus the week of May 3, 2021 to snap some pictures in their cap & gown!

The iconic BARRY letters will be on the Campus Mall each day. You can also visit Weber Hall and the Landon Student Union for your own “red carpet” moment in front of one of our Barry University step & repeat banners. They will be accessible from 8am to 8pm Monday through Thursday and from 8am to 3:30pm on Friday. Snap some selfies or bring a friend or family member along to memorialize this incredible achievement!

Event Policies and Protocols

All attendees must adhere to University as well as ballpark health and safety protocols.

  • Face coverings are mandatory at all times, unless actively eating or drinking. Note: gaiters, bandanas & masks with exterior valves are not permitted
  • Bags are not permitted (excluding small clutch bags 4.5”x6.5” in size or smaller, diaper bags or medical bags no larger than 16”x16”x8”)
  • Outside food is not permitted, with the exception of one 20 oz sealed bottle of unflavored water per person
  • Cameras & recording devices are permitted
  • All attendees must complete a Barry University daily symptom self-check before coming to the ballpark. 

Parking, Directions, and Entrances

Directions: The official address for loanDepot park is 501 Marlins Way, Miami, FL 33125. Please note, there are very specific ways to enter each of the parking garages, so please review the Inbound Traffic Map to ensure you get to the correct garage without confusion. The map also includes helpful driving directions to each garage.

Parking: There is no charge for parking – do not use the paybyphone app upon parking.  Graduates and guests should plan to park at one of the following garages:

  • Third Base Garage (1402 NW 7th St.)
  • Home Plate Garage (1502 NW 7th St.): Note, those who require ADA accommodations should park here 

Entrances: Graduates should arrive by 8:30am and enter through West Plaza Gate 3. Guests should arrive at 9:00am and enter through West Plaza Gate 4 or East Plaza Gate 11. Graduates and guests who require ADA accommodations should enter via The Club: DEX Imaging Entrance. Entrances are clearly marked in the preceding links.

Graduates should come dressed in their cap & gown, enter West Plaza Gate 3 and proceed to the Promenade Level of the ballpark.  Graduates will sit by college/school and signs will be available on the Promenade Level to direct you to your seats. 

Refer to the event seating map for details on where each group will be seated.

Local Accommodations

The following properties are conveniently located near to loanDepot park:

  • Cambria Hotel Miami Airport- Blue Lagoon
  • Courtyard Miami Airport
  • Crowne Plaza Miami Airport
  • Days Inn Miami International Airport Hotel
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Miami Airport Convention Center
  • EB Hotel Miami
  • Element Miami International Airport
  • Embassy Suites Miami- International Airport
  • EVEN Hotel Miami Airport
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Miami Airport South
  • Hampton Inn Miami Airport East
  • Hilton Miami Airport Blue Lagoon
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Miami Airport East
  • Homewood Suites by Hilton - Blue Lagoon Drive
  • Hyatt House - Miami Airport
  • Hyatt Place Miami Airport West/Doral
  • Hyatt Place Miami Airport- East
  • Miami Airport Marriott
  • Miami International Airport Hotel
  • Pullman Miami Airport
  • Red Roof Plus
  • Regency Hotel Miami
  • Residence Inn Miami Airport
  • Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel & Executive Meeting Center
  • SpringHill Suites by Marriott Miami Airport South
  • Staybridge Suites- Miami International Airport
  • TownePlace Suites Marriott Miami Airport

Baccalaureate Mass & Rose and Candle Ceremony

Spring 2021 graduates are invited to the Baccalaureate liturgy 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, and all other friends and family are encouraged 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.