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Baccalaureate and Graduation 2020

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 Holy Family University 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 gymnasium at Holy Family, there is a limit of four (4) tickets for each graduate. 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 on the sidebar.

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 Campus Center at HFU 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 Holy Family, 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 Holy Family University.

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.

Parking is available at Holy Family University.

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

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

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 Mrs. Trisha Young. 215-637-1800 x6041 or x6042

 If your questions are related to tuition or other financial concerns, please contact Mr. Michael Barnett at 215-637-1800 x7037 or



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Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul
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