Graduation Information
Graduation is one of our signature events every year and is a celebration of our students’ hard work and dedication! We honor our students as they have completed their medical school journey and are about to embark on the next stage of their career.

The 2024 graduation ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 18, 2024 at the Aruba campus of Xavier University School of Medicine.

Graduation is not an automatic process. Students should register for graduate no later than the application deadline. You must be in good financial standing with the University and have met all the requirements in order to participate in the ceremony.

The deadline to register for Graduation is December 15, 2023.  

Graduates who will be attending the ceremony will be provided one complimentary standard hotel room for three nights (check in on May 16, check out on May 19) for you and one guest.
Caps & Gowns
Graduates must order their own academic attire through Jostens.
Click here to order your cap & gown.

All graduates are required to wear academic attire (cap and gown) to the Graduation ceremony.

Students are responsible for bringing their own regalia on the day of the ceremony. Caps and gowns will not be provided on the day of graduation.
|      May 16
Arrival Day
Arrival to Aruba. Graduation participants will be picked up from the airport by Xavier and taken to your hotel.
|      May 17
Global Health Leadership Summit & Graduation Practice
|      May 18
Graduation Ceremony & Party
4pm - Graduates must arrive to residential campus
7pm - Graduation ceremony begins
9pm - Graduation party at residential campus
|     May 19
Departure Day
Departure from Aruba. Graduation participants will be picked up from the hotel by Xavier and taken to the airport.
All additional free time can be spent enjoying Aruba!

Times are subject to change. Graduates attending the ceremony in Aruba will receive a full detailed schedule in the beginning of April.
Graduation at the Aruba Campus
Graduation will take place at Xavier University School of Medicine's Aruba Campus.
Ceremony Information
If you have any additional questions, please email [email protected].

Ceremony & Party
The ceremony lasts approximately two hours and will include short addresses by distinguished speakers, the conferring of degrees, and the recessional. The ceremony will begin promptly with the academic procession and the entry of candidates. Members of the official party will sit on stage; candidates and guests will be seated in chairs in the audience facing the stage. Each graduate will be presented on stage, be hooded, cross the stage to receive their “diploma” from the President, and return to his or her seat. The stage party and faculty will lead the recessional, followed by the graduates.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, there will be a graduation party on
campus with food, beverages, and live entertainment.

More specific instructions will be emailed to graduates approximately one month before the ceremony.
Admission To Graduation Ceremony
All tickets are free. Seating is general admission.

Guests are invited to enter the venue one hour prior to the start of the ceremony to obtain their seats.
Conduct During Ceremony
Graduation is a time to celebrate and enjoy your achievement. It is also a time to reflect on that achievement and to acknowledge the help and support provided by family, friends, faculty, and staff. You are asked to honor the spirit of this important occasion by conducting yourself in a manner that is respectful to your guests and the guests of others, of your fellow graduates, and of yourself. We ask that you and your guests respect the following:
- No noisemakers, whistles, horns, or any other sound making devices.
- No outside food or beverages.
- No confetti.
- No shouting or screaming is allowed during the ceremony.
- Guests must remain in their seats at all times (unless otherwise instructed). Interactions with the graduates will not be permitted during the ceremony.
- Doors will remain closed during the ceremony. Should guests need to exit during this time, reentry will only be permitted during designated times to limit interruptions.

Graduates and guests who do not comply to these above stated regulations will be asked to leave the ceremony.
Student Honors
An Honor Cord will be provided  on the day of graduation to students who received honors.

If you receive an honors designation for GPA, this will also be noted in the commencement program.

Please note that final grades for all rotations completed must be entered into SMS in order to be eligible to receive an Honor Cord.
Professional Photos & Videos
There will be professional photographers and videographers on the day of the ceremony. You will be photographed as you are hooded and when you receive your “diploma”. All graduates will receive digital copies of those photos.

Further information will be provided for additional photo requests following the weeks after graduation.
Diplomas will be sent to students once they have been cleared by the Office of the Registrar and the Student Finance Department.

The “diploma” that students receive on stage from the President is a sample designed to look attractive in the photographs taken that day.
Special Hooders
Graduates can have a family member, friend, or mentor, hood them on the day of the Graduate Ceremony. This person MUST have a valid medical degree. A copy of the license of diploma should be provided with your request.

The deadline for an approved hooder is April 1, 2024.

Please note that we will not accept a special hooder request after this date. Hooders will not be accepted the day of the graduation ceremony if they were not requested by April 1, 2024.

Requests can be made through the graduation sign up form. You must provide the name and credentials of your special hooder. This information is announced when you walk to center stage to be hooded. If a student does not request a special hooder, one of our Deans will perfom your hooding.
Please include your hooder in your final number of guests.

Please see details below regarding special hooders at the Graduation Ceremony:
Hooders will not be issued a cap and gown. They are asked to dress in business casual attire.
- The hooder will remain in their seats until called to accompany the Graduates to be seated on the left side of the stage following the conferring of the degrees,
- When your row is called upon the stage, your hooder will follow you up, take a spot near faculty hooders, place the hood over your head, and proceed across the stage with you as your name is called.
- After you receive your “diploma” and take a photo with the President and the Chancellor, you and your hooder will return to your original seats for the remainder of the ceremony.

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