For Graduates

Information for Graduates

Cap and Gowns

In the spring semester, graduates will be contacted to complete their online order form for their cap, gown, and hood. Double majors have to select one major to be represented by their hood color. Orders must be completed by early April. These items are delivered to campus and will be distributed in early May. December graduates will be able to pick them up the week of Commencement (May 20-23). Department or program specific academic stoles and/or cords are coordinated by individual departments. Those departments will be in touch directly with graduates.

The College is proud to share that in the effort to remain green on campus; all Holy Cross graduates will be wearing environmentally conscious GreenWeaver® regalia, made here in the USA. This line of graduation wear is made of fabric spun from molten plastic pellets produced from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. For every gown ordered, Oak Hall will contribute $0.25 to the College’s sustainability efforts. Learn more.

Graduate Transportation to the DCU Center

Graduates will be transported from Hogan 3 to the DCU Center for Commencement. Additional details will be provided closer to commencement.

Campus Move-Out

Graduates are expected to move-out of the residence halls by 8 p.m. on Friday, May 24. Contact or 508-793-2411 with any questions.

Class Photo

Prints and framed copies of the Class of 2024 photo taken at the start of sophomore year can be purchased at

Class Rings

The College works with Herff Jones for the ordering of class rings. Class rings can be ordered online. Periodically, Herff Jones is on campus outside of the bookstore in the Hogan Campus Center. For more information please contact the


Each graduating senior has the option of ordering a set of 10 physical Commencement announcements. These are formal announcement cards meant to be sent to family and friends whom you wish to send the news of your upcoming graduation to. These are not invitations, but announcements of your graduation achievement. There is no cost to receive these. Please note, seniors must opt-in to receiving the physical announcement cards. Graduates will receive details in the spring semester about placing their order. 

Senior Week Events

Senior Week programming sponsored by the Student Government Association Senior Class Council will begin on Sunday, May 19, 2024. More information regarding other student celebrations will be sent to seniors from your Student Government Association Senior Class Council when it is available. Please contact the Office of Student Involvement at with questions.

Yearbook and Senior Photos

Students can expect to hear from Lauren Studios, following Thanksgiving Break, with information on how to schedule their Senior Portraits for the yearbook. Portrait Sessions will take place the last two weeks of the academic fall semester, and throughout the spring semester. In February 2024, students and families can expect information regarding the sale of 2024 Purple Patcher Yearbook and senior advertisements from family. In the meantime, seniors are encouraged to send images from their years on The Hill to for inclusion in the book.

The Purple Patcher Yearbook Club works in collaboration with The Office of Student Involvement to coordinate senior photos for the yearbook and yearbook sales. Please contact or their advisor, Yandi D. Pierre '22 at with questions.