Commencement 2024

St. Joseph's Prep Class of 2024
Baccalaureate Mass
Saturday, June 1 | 4 p.m. 
Church of the Gesu

Commencement Exercises
Sunday, June 2 | 10:30 a.m.
Hagan Arena
Saint Joseph’s University
5600 City Ave., Phila., PA 19131
Commencement Update for Accessible Parking on Sunday
SJU informed us that there are a limited number of handicap/accessible parking places near the Hagan Arena entrance. The lot between Mandeville Hall and Sweeney playing field is reserved for handicap parking, which is the next closest area.
Because of construction this year, if you drop someone at the Hagan Arena entrance you will have to exit the lot onto Overbrook Ave. and reenter the lot to park in the reserved handicap parking area. See attached map.
On another note, we were informed that seating is available for wheelchairs in the upper balconies in addition to floor seating. Take the elevator in the entrance foyer to level two or level three. Event staff can direct you to accessible areas. As a reminder all seating and accessible areas for parking and seating are first come first serve.
The Baccalaureate Mass livestream link will be live at 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, June 1.
Click below

The Commencement livestream link will be live at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, June 2.
Click below
Please be aware of the Roots Picnic at the Mann Center on Saturday and Sunday. This may impact your commute to Baccalaureate and Commencement. 
Important Dates

Mandatory Rehearsal for Graduates and Ushers
Thursday, May 30 | Noon in the Church of the Gesu at the Prep
Tuxedo pick up for graduates and ushers. Class of 2024 Barbecue to follow.

Graduates and Ushers: Try on your tuxedo that evening! If there are any fit issues contact Stan Levin at Rochester Tuxedo immediately. 1-856-755-1466.

All tuxedos must be returned to the Prep on Monday, June 3.

Baccalaureate Mass
Saturday, June 1 | 4 p.m.
Church of the Gesu
Graduates must be seated by 3:45 p.m. Attire for Mass: jacket, tie, button down shirt, dress pants and shoes. 

Ushers dressed in their tuxedos to arrive by 3 p.m. and check in with Mr. Lederer upon arrival. 
Sunday, June 2 | 10:30 a.m. 
Hagan Arena at Saint Joseph's University

arrive at Saint Joseph's University, Mandeville Hall in your tuxedo by 9 a.m.

Ushers dressed in their tuxedos to arrive at Hagan Arena by 9 a.m. and check in with Mr. Lederer upon arrival. 

Doors open to Arena for families at 9 a.m. 

More Information

List of 9 items.

  • Announcements

    Graduates receive a pack of 20 graduation announcements, envelopes and personalized name cards that can be sent to family and friends. Packs will be distributed in April. 
  • Arrival Time

    Baccalaureate Mass
    Students to be seated by 3:45 p.m. in the Church of the Gesu. Leave ample time for parking. 

    Students to arrive by 9 a.m. Mandeville Hall. 
    Hagan Arena Doors open to guests at 9 a.m.
  • Attire

    Graduates will be supplied a tuxedo at graduation rehearsal on Thursday, May 30 which they should immediately try on once they arrive home to ensure fit. If any issues are discovered with your tuxedo, call Stan Levin at Rochester Formal Wear: 856-755-1466. Shoes are not included in the tuxedo rental. Black dress shoes are appropriate to wear with the black tuxedo pants.

    Baccalaureate Mass
    Graduates should adhere to the school dress code--jacket, tie, button down shirt, dress pants and shoes. 
    Commencement Exercises
    Graduates must arrive at Hagan Arena by 9 a.m., wearing their tuxedo. Graduates will be given a boutonniere, St. Joseph medal and class pin to apply to their tuxedos; keep lapels free of other pins and decorations. 
  • Directions and Parking

    For driving directions and transportation information click here.
    SJU has ample parking in both their main lots and parking garage. Entrances to the lots are off of 54th St, south of City Ave. There is no fee for parking at SJU on the day of graduation.
  • Guests

    Baccalaureate Mass
    In early May each family will receive a mailing that contains one Baccalaureate announcement and 3 tickets. Due to space limitations, each graduate may bring only 3 guests. The graduate does not need a ticket.
    If parents are in separate households, please contact Carol McLaughlin,

    Commencement Exercises
    No tickets are required to attend the Commencement Exercises on Sunday, June 2 at SJU.
  • Handicap accommodations

    There is a handicap ramp at the Church of the Gesu. Guests may be dropped off close to the church and drivers can park nearby. 

    Drop off is also available at Saint Joseph's University's Hagan Arena entrance. There is ample handicap parking available in the lot.
  • Length

    Baccalaureate Mass is approximately 1.5 hrs. Commencement Exercises are usually under 2 hrs.
  • Seating

    Baccalaureate Mass
    Seating is first come, first served in the Church of the Gesu. Graduates will sit in a chair in the church aisle. Ideally, their family will sit in the pew next to them. Please use one pew per family. Brothers who are ushers do not require a ticket.

    Commencement Exercises
    Seating is first come, first served in the Hagan Arena. No tickets are necessary for entrance.
  • Video and Photography

    Livestream video
    Two livestream links will be available to watch the weekend events--one for the Baccalaureate Mass on Saturday, and a separate link for the Commencement Exercises on Sunday. Please check the webpage a few days before each event. 

    Legacy Photos is scheduled to take photos of each graduate as he walks across the stage. Legacy will contact you directly about the opportunity to purchase these photos. Website: Legacy Photography, phone: (610) 279-1791.

Saint Joseph's University has provided a list of acceptable items for the Hagan Arena. Thank you for following their policies to ensure a smooth admittance on Commencement day.
Welcome To Bring:
Small clutch purses
Mobile phones
Seat cushions and chair backs
Gift bags
Sealed bottle of water

Please keep at Home:
Illegal drugs
Open flames
Smoking-including e-cigarettes
No outside food/drink (other than a sealed bottle of water)
Alcoholic beverages
Horns/ Noisemakers
Beach Balls or other disruptive items
Non Service animals
Laser pointers
Carol McLaughlin
(215) 978-1957
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