Spalding University’s commencement tradition began when Henry Clay presented a diploma to the first graduate of Nazareth Academy, founded and operated by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. Today, commencement is a celebration of the hard work and dedication of our students to obtain their degrees. Typically, Commencement takes place the first Saturday of June each year. For our 2024 Celebration, we will host a series of smaller, in-person ceremonies by academic discipline on Thursday, May 30; Friday, May 31; and Saturday, June 1. See more details about this year’s ceremony, including schedules, livestream links and graduate information. Or you can watch a recap of Commencement 2021 Ceremonies.

PsyD students in regalia take selfie at graduation
Graduates of Class of 1924


Spalding graduated its first class from the Louisville campus.

Spalding graduate in cap and gown blowing confetti towards camera.

Ceremony Schedule

Our commencement ceremonies are open to our undergraduate and graduate degree recipients. Doors will open 45 minutes before the start of each scheduled ceremony. Guests should check in with one of the clerks stationed in the entry lobby, and ushers will direct them to available seating. Graduates will walk at the ceremony listed for their academic discipline and can contact their academic advisor or program director with any questions.

Thursday, May 30th

4:00 PM
School of Social Work
Columbia Gym Auditorium

6:00 PM
Reception and Recognition of Caritas Medalist and Honorary Degree Recipients
College Street Cafe

Friday, May 31st

1:00 PM
School of Business + School of Liberal Arts + School of Criminal Justice Studies
Columbia Gym Auditorium

4:00 PM
School of Professional Psychology
Columbia Gym Auditorium

6:00 PM
Naslund-Mann Graduate School of Writing
The Brown Hotel

Saturday, June 1st

1:00 PM
College of Education + School of Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Columbia Gym Auditorium

4:00 PM
Kosair for Kids College of Health & Natural Sciences (Athletic Training, Health Science, Natural Science, & Nursing)
Columbia Gym Auditorium

Two Spalding graduates

Each graduate will be provided six (6) guest tickets for viewing the ceremonies in person, and all ceremonies will be streamed live. Ticketing will be managed by Student Affairs. The deadline for ordering tickets is Friday, May 24

Ordering Tickets

  1. Email Dr. Erica Gray, Dean of Students ([email protected])
  2. Include your major in the subject line
  3. In the body of the email, indicate the number of allocated tickets (between 1-6 tickets) you are wanting to claim. If you are requesting additional tickets, state the number of tickets (beyond the 6 allotted) you wish to request.
    • Please be aware that additional tickets are NOT guaranteed and are dependent upon available space
    • Please note there are no physical tickets

Contact Dr. Erica Gray ([email protected]) for questions about tickets.