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Baccalaureate and Graduation

Here is the Information that has been provided to the students. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How many people can we bring to Baccalaureate Mass?

A: Due to available seating at the Cathedral Basilica, we must limit the number of family members permitted to attend the Baccalaureate Mass.  Each graduate will receive 2 tickets.

Q: Where do the families and graduates sit during Baccalaureate?

A: Seating for Baccalaureate is available on a first-come, first-served basis, in the pews and folding chairs.  A designated number of pews will be reserved for the graduates in the main aisle of the Cathedral. 

Q: How long does Graduation last?

A: The Graduation ceremony at the Liacouras Center begins promptly at 11:00 AM. (graduates should arrive by 10:00 AM) and concludes at approximately 12:30 PM.

Q: How many people can we bring to the Graduation ceremony?

A: Due to the size of the Liacouras Center, we do not have to worry about capacity issues.  Thus you are not limited in the amount of family and friends you can invite to the Graduation ceremony. Each graduate will be given six tickets; additional tickets are available by contacting the Office of Student Affairs.  Furthermore, seating at Graduation is available on a first-come, first-served basis. You may want to arrive early to secure seating.

Q: What is the dress code for Baccalaureate and Graduation?

A: Please see the information sheet posted above or accessible here.

Q: I have a handicapped family member attending the events. Will he/she be able to attend Baccalaureate and Graduation comfortably?

A: Both the Cathedral Basilica and the Liacouras Center are wheelchair accessible, with entry ramps and/or an elevator. You will want to arrive early to ensure a comfortable and timely transition and to secure your seating. In the Cathedral, wheelchairs will be seated at the ends of the pews, and at the Liacouras Center, there are open spaces available for wheelchair seating. Upon your arrival please ask one of the student ushers to guide you to a wheelchair accessible seat.

Q: How can I find transportation information and driving directions to the Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation Ceremony?

For driving directions and transportation information, see the sidebar to the right. 

Click here for information on the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.

Click here for information on the Liacouras Center.

Q: Is there parking at each venue, and is there a fee for parking?

A: There is a free parking lot on the Cathedral property which usually fills to capacity rather quickly.  Additional lots are available in the vicinity of the Cathedral for a fee.

There is a parking lot attached to the Liacouras Center and a variety of lots in the area.  All of these will require a fee to park.

Q: Does Ryan have official announcements that I can use to invite family members?

A: On Monday, May 15, graduates will receive a pack of graduation announcements for distribution to family and friends.

Q: How do I get a copy of the professional photos taken during the Graduation exercises?

A: The still photography company for the Graduation exercises is Gursick Studios. In the weeks after Graduation, you will receive in the mail a proof and order form.  This process is handled entirely by Gursick Studios.

Q: I have more questions. What should I do?

A: If your questions concern details of the Baccalaureate Mass or Graduation Exercises, call or email Deacon Michael Bell at 215-637-1800 x210 or mbell@archbishopryan.com. If your questions are related to tuition or other financial concerns, please contact Mrs. Denise LePera at 215-637-1800 x250 or dlepera@archbishopryan.com.