graduation students

Preparing for Graduation & Commencement

Preparing for Graduation and Commencement

Welcome graduating students. Maryville University looks forward to celebrating your academic achievement. Below, you’ll find the steps you’ll need to complete in order to participate in the ceremony, plus celebration activities and helpful information about the day.


Important Dates

Graduation Application and Diploma Verification Due By

September 15, 2023 (Fall Ceremonies)
February 1, 2024 (Spring Ceremonies)


Regalia Order
Due By


October 22, 2023 (Fall Ceremonies)
March 10, 2024 (Spring Ceremonies)


Will Open


September 26, 2023 (Fall Ceremonies)
February 14, 2024 (Spring Ceremonies)



Required Steps

  • Graduation Application

    In order to confer your degree, participate in Commencement activities and to receive your diploma, you must apply for graduation. You can apply here.


  • Regalia

    How to Order

    • The link to order your cap and gown is available when you apply for graduation or click here to place your order.
    • Graduates keep their cap, gown and hood, so there is no need to return them after the commencement ceremony. Cap decorating is allowed but must follow the student code of conduct.
    • Gowns should be pressed for the ceremony and remain zipped throughout the ceremony.
    • Graduates have the option to purchase their own affiliation accessories, such as cords and stolls. Graduates with Latin Honors will be provided a cord in the ceremony lineup.


  • Verify Diploma and Name Pronunciation
    • All graduates are recommended to verify the following diploma information:
      • Diploma Name/Commencement Name Pronunciation
      • Degree and Major
      • Diploma Address (address to which your diploma will be sent)
    • If you have not already verified your diploma accuracy and name pronunciation, use this link to update your information.
      • Please note: At the ceremony, the speaker will announce each graduate’s name. Indicate the phonetic spelling of your name or a familiar word that rhymes with your name in your verification form.
    • Diplomas are typically shipped four to six weeks after the end of the semester.
    • When you graduate, you will receive a Digital Diploma.
    • Email with further questions.


  • Continue to Check Your Maryville Email

    Look for emails from that will be sent to your Maryville email to help keep you informed about your Commencement ceremony. Alumni are encouraged to update their contact information and submit class notes.


  • Graduate Check-in/Processional Instructions
    • Students should arrive between one hour to 30 minutes prior to the start of their ceremony. Line-up activities will begin 30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.
    • Students should arrive in their regalia and holding their hood.
    • Please leave personal items with your guests as there is not a secure place to store them during the ceremony.
    • Faculty and Staff will assist in lining up the students for the processional.


Suggested Steps

  • Graduation Merchandise

    A variety of alumni merchandise are available at the on-campus M Store and online.

    A large selection of traditional and customized class rings can be ordered here.

    Graduate announcements are available online here. Jostens offers a variety of packages. You can order personalized announcements through Jostens or non-personalized announcements through the M Store.

  • Career Success Survey

    Congratulations on your upcoming graduation! As you transition to your first role after your degree or continue in a current role, we hope you know that Maryville will always be a resource for your career needs. If you are in the search process, there will be an opportunity in this survey to request to meet online, on the phone, or in-person with Career Success.

    Please take a few moments to complete the Career First Destination Survey about your post-graduation plans. Summaries of the results are used for accreditation and federal and state compliance. Knowing how our graduates are doing post-graduation both ensures the future value and integrity of your degree as well as helps other students make decisions about their educational and career plans.

    You can access the survey here.


  • Class Gift

    The Class Gift program is a way to celebrate your achievement and leave a personal and collective legacy at Maryville.

    Your minimum gift of $50 or more to the Maryville Fund will be recognized with an alumni t-shirt and a brick inscribed with your name, degree and major in the Graduate Walkway on campus. All December 2023, May 2024 and August 2024 Class Gift donors will be added to the 2024 section of the Graduate Walkway. Bricks are installed in early August. Donations must be made on or before May 31, 2024 to ensure engravement in the 2024 Graduate Walkway.

    Visit for more information.


  • Maryville Grads Give Back

    Maryville Grads Give Back is an invitation to reach out to your community through service (virtual or otherwise) before you go forth as a Maryville graduate and receive a terrific t-shirt for your efforts! There are multiple ways to be a part of Maryville Grads Give Back. You may participate in one of the community service projects organized through the Office of Service & Spiritual Life and the Community Service Club. You and your fellow grads can also come up with your own project or volunteer through a campus organization. Perhaps you are volunteering already.

    If you plan to participate in a way other than through the Office of Service & Spiritual Life and the Community Service Club, please contact us with the name of the organization with which you volunteered via email to Steve DiSalvo. Include your t-shirt size and arrangements can be made for you to get your shirt.

    For more information, contact Steve DiSalvo at 314-529-9521 or


  • Order My Transcript

    If you have a question about your transcript, please contact the Solution Squad at 314-529-9360 or Questions related to graduation activities can be emailed to

    Please note when you graduate, you will receive a digital version of your diploma in addition to the physical version at no extra cost. You must opt-in and take action to receive a digital diploma by downloading the Blockcerts Wallet mobile app. You can find more information and download instructions here.