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62nd Commencement Ceremony

Disclaimer: Schedule subject to change.

Baccalaureate Mass

Friday, May 6, 2016
4:30 p.m.
Coleman Chapel, Murphy Hall

All faiths are welcome. Students may sit with their families for this event. No tickets required.

Baccalaureate Mass Attire - Regalia (Gown only). Please join us in celebrating Mass on this special day. All degree candidates are welcome.

Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Bachelor Degree Candidates Ceremony
8:30 a.m. Check-in
9:30 a.m. Ceremony begins

Master's and Doctoral Degree Candidates Ceremony
1:00 p.m. Check-in
2:00 p.m. Ceremony begins


The Blue Cross Arena
At the Rochester War Memorial
One War Memorial Square
Rochester, New York 14614


On-street parking is available throughout the downtown area. Parking is also available in a number of municipal garages including:

  • Civic Center Garage, 55 S. Fitzhugh St.
  • South Ave./Stone St, 39 Stone Street
  • Clinton Square Garage, 75 S. Clinton Ave.
  • Washington Square Garage, 111 Woodbury Blvd.

Map of Downtown Rochester Parking [pdf] (with parking fees).


TICKETS NOT REQUIRED. Guests are seated on a first-come, first-served basis. Only candidates are allowed in the Candidate Seating Areas on the floor.

Special Needs

A sign language interpreter will be available. Accessible seating areas are also available for those who are physically challenged.

Family members with disabilities should follow the directional signs to the upper level accessible seating areas. A floor plan is available on the Blue Cross Arena website. For additional questions, contact our office at (585) 385-8229.

Graduate's Assembly

Candidates should enter the Arena at Exchange St. or 1 War Memorial Square (formerly the Broad Street entrance). Both entrances are accessible. After check in, graduates should report to the bottom level of the Arena with cap and gown after picking up their name card at the designated registration tables. Marshals will direct graduates to their proper place in the processional lines.



The ceremony is expected to last between 2 1/2 - 3 hours. Consider that this length of time may be difficult on older adults and young children. Out of respect for fellow classmates and consideration for their families, candidates are expected to remain until the conclusion of the ceremony.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, all graduates and faculty will participate in the recessional leading to the reception area.

Professional Photographer

Special areas for photography have been arranged in seating areas on either side of the stage. Look for signs to direct you. Family members are asked to move in and out of these areas quickly in an orderly fashion to accommodate others taking pictures of their graduating student.

GradImages is the official photographer for our Commencement. Proofs will be sent to your home and via email within three to five days after graduation. Pictures can be ordered online, by phone, or by mail. GradImages can be contacted at (800) 261-2576 or at

Registering your graduate with GradImages provides them with the information they need to deliver your proofs in a timely manner. Giving them an accurate mailing address and email address will allow them to get your proofs to you on the first try. You may also provide them with email addresses of up to six friends and family members to allow them to celebrate in the accomplishment.


Fresh flowers will be available for purchase at the ceremony OR are available for pre-order through


Following the ceremony, you and your guests are invited to a reception in the outer lobby of Blue Cross Arena. You will be able to pick up your diploma, introduce your guests to faculty, staff, and other students, and take a picture with a Fisher backdrop.


To ensure that every graduate receives the correct diploma, you will be handed an empty diploma case when you walk across the stage. After the ceremony, if you have completed all your requirements, you will be directed to a central location to pick up your actual diploma.

Commencement Photo collage

Commencement Photos

Check out all the photos from the morning and afternoon ceremonies on our Facebook page!

2015 Commencement Recap

Nearly 1,200 Graduate during Fisher’s 61st Commencement

Nearly 1,200 students graduated from St. John Fisher College during its 61st Commencement on Saturday, May 9, 2015.


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