2016 Commencement

Maria College's 54th Commencement

We look forward to welcoming the families and friends of the Class of 2016 for graduation weekend. For assistance in planning your weekend, please see schedule below.  If you have questions, please email us at communication@mariacollege.edu

'Class of 2016' T-shirts on sale in the bookstore for $14. Show your class spirit!

We are very pleased to announce the 2016 Commencement speaker, Sister Karen Schneider, RSM, M.D.  Please learn more about her ministry:

Commencement Speaker: Karen Schneider, RSM, M.D.

Commencement Speaker: Karen Schneider, RSM, M.D.

Karen Schneider, RSM, M.D. is a pediatrician and medical professor at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Her practice is focused on pediatric medicine in developing countries. She received her undergraduate education from Molloy College in Mathematics Education where she received her religious calling and entered the Religious Sisters of Mercy (RSM).  She then earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from the State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn and a Master of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.

She supervises John Hopkins residents and medical students in the pediatric emergency department, lectures on tropical medicine to pediatric residents, coordinates shipping of supplies and medicines to out-of-country clinics, updates out-of-country physicians and health workers on medical topics, and supervises clinical experiences for residents in Haiti, Guyana, and Kenya and Nigeria. Her tireless efforts have gained national attention. Sister Karen has been recognized for her international medical work in the service of children.  She was featured on CBS News, CNS (Catholic News Service), CNN, and the National Catholic Reporter. In 2010, she was named “Person of the Week” by WJLA, a Washington D.C. area ABC news affiliate.  Sister Karen is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Ambulatory Pediatric Association, and Amnesty International.

 She will address the Maria 2016 graduating class and their families with her healing insights and wisdom, “I long to make people a little more aware that children are suffering and that with just a little bit of money or a small intervention, their lives can be changed.”

2016 Commencement Event Calendar

2016 Commencement Events:

Event: Date & Time: Location:
Graduation Fair April 27
1:00pm - 7:00pm   
Bookstore Corridor
White Tea Ceremony May 13
 Tent Behind Marian Hall
LPN Ceremony May 13
 Marian Hall, Fitzgerald Court
Commencement Mass May 13
Mercy Chapel
Commencement Dinner & Award Ceremony    May 13
Tent Behind Marian Hall
Commencement May 15
Empire State Plaza Convention Center

Commencement Ceremony

Sunday, May 15 at 3:30pm 
  • Plan to arrive at the Convention Center by 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.
  • Upon arrival at the Empire State Plaza, use North Visitors Parking (P-3/P-2). There will be a fee for parking ($5). The driver of the vehicle, and possibly other occupants, will need to show photo ID. Note: If you prefer, Museum lots, East Garage, and street parking are free on weekends.
  • Take elevator to “C” – Concourse level.
  • Follow signs to Convention Center. Students will robe in Meeting Rooms 2/3; faculty and staff will robe in Meeting Room 1.

Click here for a map of the Empire State Plaza.
Click here for driving instructions.

2016 Commencement Memories



2015 Commencement Memories

Commencement 2015  Commencement Dinner 2015

White Tea Ceremony 2015