Date: January 19, 2014
Location: Saint Mary's University Center, 2540 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Graduates: You will receive a letter confirming the time of the ceremony you will participate in after the graduation application form deadline of December 6, 2013.
Eligibility: Generally, any student who will complete all degree requirements by January 3, 2014 is eligible to participate in the January commencement ceremony. Students intending to commence in January are required to submit their Application for Graduation and Commencement which is available in WebTools. Click on Student Academic Record and then select Graduation Application. If you will not be complete in your program by January 3, 2014, our next commencement is Sunday, June 1, 2014. Please direct questions regarding academic eligibility requirements to your program staff.
All eligible students are required to submit a completed Application for Graduation and Commencement no later than December 6, 2013, even if they do not plan to participate in the January 19, 2014 commencement ceremonies.
To complete the Graduation and Commencement Application, please login to your Student Academic Record page in WebTools. Open the SGPP Graduation Application for 01/19/2014 link, complete the form noting any changes and SUBMIT.
A university graduation fee of $190.00 will be charged automatically to your account when you submit this form. (There is no reduction in fee if you choose not to participate in commencement.)
Diploma and official transcripts will not be released for any student who has an outstanding balance with the Business Office.
Students intending to graduate in Winona should see the Winona Commencement page.
To Be Announced
Parking is available on the streets surrounding the campus or in any Saint Mary's University parking lot. All lots are located on Oakland Ave. A drive up on the north side of the Saint Mary’s Event Center can be used for guests needing assistance.
The ceremony is approximately an hour and a half. Degree candidates will be hooded as they proceed toward the stage. With the exception of the doctoral students, hoods will not be included in the mailed cap/gown packages that you will receive two weeks before the ceremony. Hoods will be received at the ceremony (with the exception of the undergraduate certificate candidates). Candidates will proceed across the stage as their names are called and receive a diploma envelope. The auditorium should accommodate all guests, but we do ask that graduates limit their guests to 6 or under.
If you are inviting guests from another country and need a letter to the Embassy for them to attend, please fill out the Graduation Embassy Letter form and send it to the following address:
Saint Mary's University
Attn: Mary Thole
2500 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404
All are invited to a reception serving refreshments held outside on the front lawn or on the 2nd floor of the Saint Mary's University Center immediately following the ceremony. Elevators and stairs are located on both sides of the auditorium.
Academic costume is traditional. By completing the Application for Graduation and Commencement form, certificate, bachelors or masters regalia will be mailed to you before two weeks ahead of the ceremony. Candidates for the undergraduate degrees wear the black bachelor's gown that has a block sleeve with no trimming. Candidates for master's degrees wear the master's gown, which is black with a sleeve opening near the wrist called a "bat wing" sleeve. The hood's velvet side depicts the degree color and satin side depicts the school colors. Caps are worn with black tassels and a gold year plate.
The gown size is based on the measurements you provide on your Application for Graduation and Commencement form. Bring the cap and gown for the ceremony (doctoral students will also bring their hoods to give to staff at check-in). You will receive your academic hood from your program director or representative during the ceremony. For questions related to the undergraduate and graduate regalia contact Mary Thole at (612) 728-5118.
Doctorate candidates wear the navy Saint Mary's University official academic regalia with the bell shaped sleeve, and black velvet panels and chevron. Questions regarding doctoral academic regalia (which takes 8 weeks from order to delivery) should be referred to Mary Thole at (612) 728-5118.
Diploma envelopes will be presented at the ceremony. Diplomas are not guaranteed at commencement. You may still march in the ceremony if financial obligations are not met. If you do not receive your diploma, it will be mailed to you as soon as it is received on campus if financial obligations have been met. Jostens requires up to 5 weeks to process diploma orders. Questions related to processing your Application for Graduation should be directed to your program.
For questions on your financial status call SMU Central at (612) 238-4566.
Handicapped parking is available on campus. There is also a drive-up area at the door on the north side of the Saint Mary's University Center. Elevators are available. Anyone needing special accommodations for the first floor seating in the Saint Mary's University Center auditorium should call Mary Thole at (612) 728-5118 to make arrangements. The first two rows of guest seating are reserved for this purpose. Limited family members are welcome to sit with the individual requesting special needs seating. A sign language interpreter will be available. Contact Mary Thole if you need this service.
The university does not provide graduation announcements or invitations; however, these items can be purchased online or at the Saint Mary's University bookstore on campus in LaSalle Hall, 2nd floor at 2500 Park Ave. If you have questions regarding bookstore announcements or invitations call (612) 728-5170.
The Saint Mary's University Bookstore, located in LaSalle Hall, 2nd floor at 2500 Park Ave., will be open during the event. They will have Graduation gifts, diploma frames, beverages, coffee, snacks, SMU logo items, and more on hand to purchase. Contact the bookstore at (612) 728-5170 for questions.
Lifetouch will take a full-color photograph of graduates as they receive their diploma envelopes. You will receive information regarding the options to purchase portraits online from Lifetouch. For questions about photographs, please call 1-800-505-9496. Please do not contact Saint Mary's, as we do not handle photographs. Video taping is not provided.
Student accounts must be paid in full in order to receive diplomas and transcripts. Graduates are still eligible to march in the ceremony if completed in your program, even though your account has not been paid. You can view your account with WebTools. If you have questions concerning your bill, contact SMU Central at (612) 238-4566.
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