Christian Brothers University proudly celebrates the Class of 2023 with in-person ceremonies on Saturday, May 13, 2023.  Please review this page in its entirety in preparation for a smooth and celebratory occasion.  

Baccalaureate Mass

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 (1695 Central Avenue). 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.

This event is for students and families of all faiths and degree programs. The Baccalaureate is a time to reflect on the time you have spent at Christian Brothers University. 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 p.m. and gather on the front steps of the Cathedral. All other guests should enter the Cathedral and be seated by 7:00 p.m.

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!

Registration for the Baccalaureate Mass is encouraged, please click here.

Arrival Time

Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2023. The ceremony will begin promptly at 1:00 p.m.  Doors to the public will open 90 minutes prior.  Families and supporters must be seated to ensure the safety of our graduates and processional party. The ceremony should last no longer than two hours.

Landers Center
4560 Venture Drive, Southaven, MS 38671

COVID-19 Precautions

Christian Brothers University will comply with any and all mandated policies outlined by health and governmental guidelines. Requirements will be emailed via their CBU email and posted on university social media platforms.

Live Stream

The 2023 Commencement ceremony will be livestreamed at and on the CBU YouTube channel. The livestream will be available at the start of each ceremony and will be archived on YouTube for viewers.

Guests with Disabilities or Mobility Limitations

The Renasant Convention Center is fully ADA compliant with an elevator that is accessible to both levels of the arena, designated disability seating locations, and wheelchair accessibility. Guests who require the use of an elevator should park in the attached garage and ask for assistance upon entry. Guests must bring their own wheelchairs. 


Landers Center has over 3,000 parking spaces on site. Parking for guests with disabilities is available at every entrance. If you are attending a sporting event, concert or family event you may park in any available/open lot.

  • West (Main) – Landers Nissan Entrance
  • North – Landers Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge Ram Entrance
  • Northeast – Landers Buick GMC Entrance
  • Southeast – Landers Ford Entrance


All guests will be screened by Landers Center staff upon entrance to the building. Landers Center utilizes security staff and police officers in and around the facility, as well as video technology to enhance the safety and security of our guests, clients, and employees.

Tickets are not required for entry into the Landers Center, and there are no limits on the number of guests a graduate can invite.  The Commencement Planning Team requests that graduates be reasonable in the number of invited guests to ensure a memorable occasion for all graduates.

Commencement Programs

Printed programs containing the names of graduates, a list of faculty, and other information about Commencement will be distributed on Commencement day. Graduates’ programs will be on their chairs. Guests will be able to pick up their programs as they enter the arena (two per family).

Landers Center Clear Bag Policy

In the interest of public safety, Landers Center has implemented a clear bag policy that limits the size and types of types of bags that may be brought into the venue. The fastest way to enter Landers Center is to not bring a bag at all. Clear or no bags grant guests access to our Express Lane. Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12″ x 6″ x 12″ will be searched upon entry.

Bags larger than 12″ x 6″ x 12″, including purses larger than a clutch bag, briefcases, duffel bags, cooler bags, backpacks, binocular/camera bags/cases and rolling luggage, will continue to be prohibited inside of Landers Center.

Small and compact umbrellas are permitted inside Landers Center.  For more information, please review the venue policy.

Concessions/Food & Beverage

Guests are not permitted to bring any food or beverages into Landers Center. Containers such as bottles, cans, thermos bottles or plastic coolers are not permitted for the safety and protection of our guests. Concessions will not be open during the Commencement ceremony.


Except for registered members of the media and CBU staff, cameras and video equipment are not allowed in the graduate area during the ceremony. Guests are requested to be considerate of the graduates and other guests and remain in the public seating areas throughout Commencement exercises.


Restrooms are available throughout the Landers Center arena at the top of each section. Contact a Landers Center staff member for further instruction.


In compliance with local and state laws, Landers Center is a smoke-free facility. Smoking, including alternative smoking devices such as electronic and/or vapor, is only permitted in the designated smoking area across from section 105.

Smoking may result in ejection from an event.

Cell Phones

Please silence cell phones and personal electronic devices during the ceremony.


Dogs and other animals, other than service animals, are not permitted at Commencement or the Landers Center.


Pursuant to CBU administrative policy, alcoholic beverages are not allowed in or around the Commencement exercises. All violators of this policy will be asked, at the least, to dispose of their open containers and remaining beverages, and may face ejection from the Landers Center.

First Aid

Certified medical professionals are available at the First Aid station during all events to assist guests with medical needs. In addition, Landers Center is equipped with Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) found in various locations throughout the facility. Designated employees, including our EMT staff, have been properly trained and certified to use the AED. Guests in need of emergency first aid should contact the nearest Landers Center employee for assistance. The First Aid station is located on the concourse near section 121/122.

Wi-Fi / Internet

Guests can connect to the service by turning on Wi-Fi on their wireless devices and selecting “LandersGuest” from the list of available networks.

Meeting Graduates after the Ceremony

Family and friends are urged to make arrangements before Commencement on where to meet family and friends after the ceremonies. Please remind guests that the audience must remain in their seats during the Recessional. 


For a list of hotels near the commencement venue, please visit this page

Additional Questions or Concerns?

Please e-mail  As we will often be away from our desks in the final weeks prior to Commencement, phone calls may not be returned in a timely manner; email communication is strongly encouraged.