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Commencement 2020

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2020 Baccalaureate Mass & Commencement Ceremony

Baccalaureate Mass

December 5, 2020 at 4 p.m.
The Mall
His Excellency Bishop Edward Burns will be con-celebrating our Mass with his Excellency Bishop Greg Kelly and other clergy of the UD community.  

This Mass is an anticipatory Mass for the 2nd Sunday of Advent.

Commencement Ceremony

December 6, 2020 at 9 a.m.
Irving Convention Center, 500 W. Las Colinas Boulevard, Irving
Commencement Keynote Speaker, Recorded Video Address 
Robert P. George
McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence
Princeton University

Please note that the number of guests is limited due to COVID-19 restrictions and protocols.


COVID precautions:

In order to best protect the health and safety of our students, their family and friends, our faculty, staff, and the clergy, UD will be enforcing the following COVID precautions throughout the weekend.

  • Members of vulnerable populations are strongly encouraged to not attend Mass or Commencement at this time. 
  • Those who are presenting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should not attend Mass or Commencement.

  • Masks will be required to be worn properly at all times indoors, and everyone must maintain a social-distance of 6’ outside of their family unit, both when walking around and when seating.
  • At the Baccalaureate Mass, masks will be required to be worn properly throughout the service, from finding a seat on the Mall prior to the service to the disbursement of the congregation after the Mass is finished.

Due to concerns about COVID, the University will not be holding a reception for graduates after the Baccalaureate Mass.



Seating for Mass will begin at 3:00 p.m.

The Church of the Incarnation will be live-streaming the Mass for those who wish to participate indoors. Communion will be distributed to those in the Church.

The university will be live-streaming the Baccalaureate Mass on the Official UD YouTube Channel.


Parking: please park in the parking garages. Parking is $10 per vehicle.
Doors to the hall will open at 8:00 a.m.
Guest tickets will be scanned at the entrances to the hall.
Guests may not bring in food, drinks, confetti, glitter or balloons.
Bouquets of flowers will be available for sale in the lobby of the Convention Center.

The university will be live-streaming Commencement on the Official UD YouTube Channel.


For Commencement, please check-in at 7:30 a.m.


In order to more adequately provide accessibility assistance, the University asks that visitors with disabilities who plan to attend Commencement send an email to by November 15 indicating how many guests will require assistance. The University will then be able to provide reasonable accommodations to those requesting assistance.

Diploma Distribution

The registrar’s office will be staffing tables behind the main hall where student check-in took place in order to distribute diplomas for graduates who have not yet received them. No diplomas will be given out until the end of the ceremony.

Graduation Photos

Graduates will receive an email after Commencement from the photographer with a link to order photos from the event.