2023 Commencement Exercises

Saturday, May 13 | 1:00 pm
Landers Center |4560 Venture Drive | Southaven, Mississippi 38671

Christian Brothers University will celebrate the Class of 2023 with in-person commencement exercises on May 13. Seating is general admission and while masks are not required, they are encouraged.

Parking for graduates and guests is complimentary on the Landers Center’s property. Doors to the commencement venue will open at 11:30 am to the general public. Any additional parking information will be distributed by April 3, 2023.

Christian Brothers University holds one commencement ceremony each academic year in May. Students graduating during the current academic year (Fall, Spring, or Summer) are eligible to participate in CBU’s Spring Commencement Ceremony. Unless granted special permission, fall and spring graduates may not defer their participation to another ceremony. Graduates completing their degree requirements during the Summer Semester may opt to participate in the Commencement Ceremony for the following year. Summer graduate and all deferral requests must be made to the Associate Registrar no later than February 1.


Live Stream Commencement here Streaming will start 1:00pm, Saturday May 13th

For guests without a ticket, the 2023 Commencement ceremony will be live-streamed here and on the CBU YouTube channel. The live stream will be available at the start of the ceremony and will be archived on YouTube for viewers.

Graduates should review the “Information for Graduates” link on this web page.

Countdown to Commencement

Tuesday, March 14 • 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Or 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Sabbatini Lounge
(come and go event.  Please choose one date to attend)

If you plan to participate in the commencement ceremony, you must attend the Graduation Fair. You will receive your generic announcements and other pertinent details. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to sit for a cap and gown photo; order a class ring; speak with representatives from campus offices; and more.

Academic Regalia Pick-Up & BBQ

Tuesday, May 9 • 11:30 am – 2:00 pm Or 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Canale Arena on the CBU Campus

Regalia Rental: The university provides the student with rental regalia for use during the annual commencement ceremony. The regalia for all students includes a one-size-fits-all cap with tassel and a black robe. Master’s candidates also receive a degree-designated color hood. Upon the completion of the commencement ceremony, all participants must return the rented robe and hood.  You may keep your cap and tassel. 

Traditional academic regalia (cap and gown) is considered standard apparel for graduates at Commencement. Fraternity and sorority stoles, pins, etc. may be worn during the Commencement exercises and the Baccalaureate.

Remember: Wear something with pockets so you can carry your wallet and phone. To make it through the area without incident or tripping, we recommend wearing closed-toe shoes and avoiding heels.

To ensure proper sizing, please submit your regalia sizes through the Graduate Information Form as soon as possible.

Legacy Dinner: Class of 2023 (by invitation only) 

Thursday, May 11 • 6:00 p.m.
Living Learning Center Commons, CBU Campus

By invitation only, this occasion recognizes graduates who have had a member of their family also graduate from Christian Brothers University. Hosted by the Alumni Office, graduates with questions regarding this event should email Torie Marion.

Baccalaureate Mass 

Friday, May 12 • 7:00 pm 
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (1695 Central Avenue)

Livestream Available Join us online to watch the 2023 Baccalaureate ceremony from the Immaculate Conception Cathedral’s Facebook page.

You and your family are cordially invited to attend the Baccalaureate Mass on May 12 at 7:00 pm at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The event celebrates the accomplishments of our graduates – Associate’s, Bachelor’s and Master’s candidates from the Class of 2023. The Most Reverend David P. Talley Bishop, M.S.W, J.C.D., Catholic Diocese of Memphis, will celebrate the Mass.

Baccalaureate is a time to reflect on your Christian Brothers University experience. This event is for graduates and supporters of all faiths and degree programs. You will have the opportunity to process in the Cathedral with two supporters (family or friends). All graduates and their supporters should arrive by 6:30 pm and gather on the front steps of the Cathedral.

Families will have the opportunity to take photos and will receive a free professional photo at the reception after the Mass. We hope that you can make this event a highlight of your graduation experience!

To register for the Baccalaureate Mass, please click here.

Undergraduates should wear regalia robe only; do not bring your cap. Graduate students should wear regalia robe and hood; please do not bring your cap.


Please note, unless otherwise specified, questions regarding Commencement should always be sent to commencement@cbu.edu.

The University uses CBU email addresses only to send all official notifications regarding Commencement. If you do not check your CBU email frequently, please set your emails to forward to your personal account. CBU will not be able to send any notifications regarding commencement to personal email addresses.