Preview: 2023 Graduation week at Newman

May 04, 2023
Newman Commencement

For Newman University seniors and their families, graduation is right around the corner with celebratory events in tow.

Read on to find the full schedule of graduation week events, culminating with the Newman University Commencement ceremony Friday, May 12.

Find the commencement countdown, a list of frequently asked graduation questions and more on our website.

Extended hours in the Dugan Library

The Dugan Library at Newman University is extending its hours for finals week and will be open nonstop from 2 p.m. Sunday, May 7, through noon Friday, May 12.

In addition to comfy furniture and several computers to choose from, the library team will also have a stash of snacks, candy, juice and freshly brewed coffee for students to grab and go throughout the long nights.

Spring semester finals

Class projects are wrapping up, research papers are nearing completion and final presentations and exams mark the end of another academic year. Finals week for the spring semester starts Monday, May 8.

Tuesday, May 9

6 p.m. Master of Social Work pinning ceremony

Master of Social Work graduates will be honored with a pinning ceremony in the Tarcisia Roths ASC Alumni Center in Dugan.

Thursday, May 11 

3 p.m. Occupational Therapy Assistant pinning ceremony

Graduates of the Newman University occupational therapy assistant program will receive their pins of completion during a ceremony in the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center.

4-8 p.m. Free graduate portrait photography

Free portrait photography will be provided for graduates and their families outside of Sacred Heart Hall on the Newman campus.

In the event of inclement weather, this event will move indoors to Dugan in the old bookstore space.

Portraits will be emailed to graduates the week of May 15.

4 p.m. Nurse pinning ceremony

Nursing pinning ceremonies date back more than 130 years in the United States and are an important step in the transition from student nurse to professional nurse. 

Graduates of the Newman University nursing program will receive their traditional pins during the nurse pinning ceremony in the De Mattias Performance Hall.

Newman University student earns her nurse pin at the fall 2022 ceremony.
A Newman University student earns her nurse pin at the fall 2022 ceremony.

6 p.m. Baccaleaureate Mass

All are invited to attend the traditional Baccalaureate Mass in St. John’s Chapel, which honors all Newman University graduates. The ceremony is a Catholic Mass with special music performed by the Chorale and Troubadours as well as Catholic readings. Selected graduates will also share reflections about their time at Newman.

Attending graduating students are asked to attend Baccalaureate in their graduation gowns (no caps).

Kelly Mai attends the 2022 Baccalaureate Mass in St. John's Chapel in honor of the 2022 Newman graduates.
Students attend Baccalaureate Mass in St. John’s Chapel in honor of the 2022 Newman graduates.

7 p.m. President’s Reception

Graduates and family members are invited to celebrate with the President’s Reception immediately following the Baccalaureate Mass over light appetizers in the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center.

Friday, May 12

1 p.m. Undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremony at Hartman Arena

Newman University graduates will celebrate their hard-earned degrees as they walk across the stage and become alumni of the university.

Graduating students are required to arrive at Hartman Arena (8151 N. Hartman Arena Drive in Park City, Kansas) no later than 45 minutes prior to the start of their scheduled commencement.

Detailed instructions will be sent to students via Newman University email.

Two Newman graduates hug outside of Hartman Arena during Commencement May 6.

Saturday, May 13

10:30 a.m. New Alumni Brunch

New graduates (fall of 2022 and spring 2023) are welcome to bring a guest and attend their first brunch as Newman University alumni with door prizes, food and fun games in the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center. RSVP here. 

“Each year we like to celebrate our newest alumni, and this brunch is our way of congratulating the graduates and welcoming them into the Newman University alumni association,” Director of Alumni Relations Dana Beitey explained. “My goal for this event is to have fun, create memories and let our alumni know they are always welcome on campus.”

Beitey said she also hopes attendees walk away knowing some of the ways they can stay connected to their alma mater.

“Ending their academic journey with a fun party is just icing on the cake,” she said. “I hope our graduates bring good stories to share with others at this event and create one last memory for the road — wherever they journey next.”

View the Newman graduation countdown

Newman University’s annual spring commencement ceremony is right around the corner!