Get ready for ... 2021 Winter Commencement

The 2021 Winter Commencement will be held Saturday, December 11th, at 1:30 p.m. at the Pepsi Arena in the Health and Fitness Center (HFC).


10:30 a.m.     Baccalaureate Mass

  • St. Francis Solanus Chapel, Francis Hall
  • Graduates are to wear gowns (no caps, stoles or hoods) and sit with family.

12:30 p.m.   Graduates line up for Commencement Procession

  • Three-court area, HFC – enter through west doors
  • Doors open to the public to Pepsi Arena – No tickets required

1:30 p.m.   Commencement 

  • Pepsi Arena, HFC
  • Handicapped drop-off/parking – Lot A, 20th & Oak (east of HFC)

Per the State of Illinois, masks are required inside all campus buildings.

  • Live streaming of the ceremony will be available on the GLVC network at or by downloading the GLVC app to your smart phone or smart TV.
  • Bookstore hours for Saturday, December 11:  10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


2:00 p.m. – Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing and Health Sciences Pinning

  • The Crossing, 150 S. 48th (48th and Maine), Quincy, IL.



  • Participation in the Commencement ceremony is dependent upon clearance by the University Registrar following a review of your academic record.
  • Students must be within 6 credit hours of completing their undergraduate baccalaureate degree to participate in the Commencement ceremony.
  • Students should have applied for graduation by October 15. A $200.00 graduation fee will be applied to your financial account.
  • Students who apply after the October 15 deadline will be charged an additional late fee of $100.
  • All tuition, room & board, fees, interest, library fines, and parking tickets should be paid in full by November 15.
  • Exit Loan Counseling for graduates with student loans should be completed by November 15.
  • No transcript or diploma will be issued until any balance due is paid in full.
  • Diplomas will be mailed during the spring semester to each eligible graduate at the address provided on the graduation application. Diplomas will not be distributed on stage.


All graduates receiving an undergraduate degree must have all Service Learning hours completed by Friday, December 3. For questions contact Sara Phillips, Experiential Learning Specialist, at


Graduation Honors are awarded to undergraduate students only. Students who maintain a cumulative grade point average at Quincy University of at least a 3.40 based on courses completed for a baccalaureate degree are eligible for graduation with honors as follows:

  • Cum Laude 3.40 to 3.54 GPA – Silver Cord
  • Magna Cum Laude 3.55 to 3.74 GPA – Gold Cord
  • Summa Cum Laude 3.75 to 4.00 GPA –  Bonaventure Medal

These honors distinctions will be noted on the student’s transcript and the diploma. All graduation requirements must be completed prior to Commencement for honors to be announced at Commencement. Refer to the Academic Catalog, page 18, for more details.


Honor cords are worn by those who graduate with University honors, as noted above. Cords are also worn by members of academic honor societies and/or the Honors Program.

All undergraduates wear stoles that have the QU seal. Those who have completed their nursing degree through Blessing-Reiman College of Nursing and Health Sciences will wear a stole with both the QU and BRCN seals. Undergraduates affiliated with a Greek organization that meets academic standards for membership may wear a stole representing a fraternity or sorority.

The stoles and cords noted here are approved by the University and are the only ones allowed to be worn at Commencement.


The Honors Program promotes academic excellence through critical thinking, original research, exceptional writing, and public presentation of scholarship. Those students who have completed the Quincy University Honors Program will be announced at Commencement. Completion of the Honors Program will be noted on the student’s transcript.

  • Refer to the Academic Catalog, page 22, for more details.


Academic apparel order information is submitted through the Graduation Application.

All caps and gowns will be available to be picked up beginning at noon on Monday, December 6, in the Bookstore during business hours. Pick up times are:

Monday December 6 12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Tuesday–Thursday December 5–9 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Friday December 10 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.


The $200.00 graduation fee includes the cost of the diploma and cover, mailing fees, administrative costs, and other expenses associated with graduation. All graduates are listed in the Commencement program and all graduates must pay the fee, regardless of attendance at the ceremony.


  • Click here and select “Quincy University” from the list, then the graduation date (only one choice) and then your degree.
  • Diploma frames may be ordered from the University bookstore. Click here to order. Order as soon as possible to receive before Commencement.


Click here to order a class ring from the University Bookstore.


The Office of Community Relations (Francis Hall, Rm. B-37) will release a list of graduates to each student’s hometown newspaper. If you wish to opt-out of this news release OR have your graduation announcement published to another hometown/community newspaper, please contact the Office of Community Relations at


 Some area hotels extend a special rate for families attending Commencement Weekend. Please make sure to mention QU Commencement when reserving rooms. For a full listing of area accommodations, visit the Quincy Area Convention and Visitors Bureau website at . Click here for a listing of local establishments, including hotels, that provide QU discounts.


Any questions regarding Commencement can be directed to:

Registrar’s Office, 217-228-5432, ext. 3970, or email: