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Commencement 2021

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2021 Baccalaureate Mass & Commencement Ceremony

The Spring Commencement ceremony has been scheduled for May 16, 2021, for May 2021 undergraduate and graduate students of the Constantin College of Liberal Arts, the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts, the Satish and Yasmin Gupta College of Business and the Ann & Joe O. Neuhoff Institute for Ministry & Evangelization (and any August and December 2020 graduates who did not attend graduation in December).

Baccalaureate Mass

Saturday, May 15, 2021
6:30 p.m.
Braniff Mall


Commencement Ceremony

Sunday, May 16, 2021
9:00 a.m.
Toyota Music Factory
316 W. Las Colinas Blvd.
Irving, TX 75039

RSVP by April 26, 2021

Featuring Special Guest and Keynote Speaker

Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda, Archbishop of Erbil, Iraq

Archbishop Warda is well known for his wide-ranging support for the Christian refugees in Iraq, and for promoting interreligious dialog and environmental protection in Iraq.

As part of his efforts to support the continuing Christian presence in Iraq, the Archbishop founded the Catholic University in Erbil, which was inaugurated in 2015.

Ordained a priest in 1993, he joined the Redemptorist order of Flanders in Belgium two years later. After receiving his MA at the Catholic University of Louvain in 1999 he returned to Iraq. In 2009 the Synod of Bishops of the Chaldean Catholic Church elected him for service as a bishop, and Bishop Warda was consecrated in July 2010.


  • Graduates must be registered. You can check the prospective graduates list at the Registrar’s Office to ensure that your name, major and all other information is correct.
  • Guest Registration and Limits: Please note that graduates are limited to 3 guests due to COVID-19 restrictions and protocols. Guest names and their individual emails must be registered here, as electronic tickets will be sent by email individually to guests at the beginning of May. Electronic tickets will be required at the door.
  • ADA requests: To request a disability-related accommodation or wheelchair access information, please contact Hannah Rogers at 806-445-9381 or, preferably at least a week in advance of the event. You can also find more information at
  • Virtual Streaming: The Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement exercises will be livestreamed for any guests who cannot attend or wish to participate virtually. The link to this streaming will be posted on the UD website.
  • Cap, gown and other commencement-related items may be ordered through Herff Jones. The deadline for ordering caps and gowns is April 19. The bookstore will not have any caps or gowns in stock.
  • Hotels: UD has secured special rates at local hotels. Please check the right column on the Commencement webpage for links.