Family members gather for photos at the 2019 December Recognition Ceremony.

St. Bonaventure University

December Recognition Ceremony


Please note: The 2020 December Recognition Program scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, has been canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As always, December graduates are welcome to participate in the May Commencement ceremony.   


St. Bonaventure University celebrates graduate and undergraduate students who complete their degree requirements in the fall semester at its annual December Recognition Ceremony.

The December Recognition Ceremony is an opportunity for the university president, provost, members of the Board of Trustees, faculty members and others to formally acknowledge each student's accomplishments. A student and faculty member are chosen to address the degree candidates, their family members, friends, professors and others in attendance.

A light reception is held immediately following the ceremony.

Graduates are not required to wear caps and gowns for this ceremony. We adhere to a semi-formal dress code, with suits and ties for men and appropriate attire for women.