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College Commencement

Graduation information for the undergraduate College

Undergraduate College Commencement
May 7, 2016

Baccalaureate Mass – 8:00 a.m. (Saint Thomas More Chapel)
Commencement Ceremony – 11:00 a.m. (Gymnasium)
Reception – following ceremony

Any student who will complete all degree requirements by May 7, 2016, is eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony. Students who will not satisfy all graduation requirements by May 7th must request permission to commence by filling out the back portion of the Application for Graduation and Commencement. Questions on eligibility for participation in the commencement ceremony should be directed to the Office of the Registrar. Participation in commencement is not a certification of graduation.

Academic Costume 
Academic costume is traditional.  Dark clothing and dark shoes are recommended.  Students should pick up their academic regalia at the Senior Salute on March 8.  Call or email Barb Schmidtknecht (507-457-6678, if you have further questions.

Commencement Accessories
Herff Jones offers custom announcements, diploma frames and rings. You may view and purchase these items online.

The Winona Campus commencement ceremony will be a joint ceremony with Winona undergraduate and graduate students.  The ceremony begins at 11:00 a.m.  It will be held in the gymnasium which will open at approximately 10:00 a.m. for guest seating.  Tickets are not required.  Gymnasium seating is primarily bleacher seating which will accommodate the majority of the anticipated guests.  Alternative seating venues include the Gymnasium Lobby and the Performance Center.  Video links will project the ceremony to these locations on large screens and will offer an unobstructed view of the ceremony.  The Performance Center is air conditioned and offers comfortable padded seating.  A live broadcast of the ceremony will be streamed over the internet.  

Lifetouch will take a full-color photograph of students as they receive their diploma envelopes.  Degree candidates will receive information regarding the options to purchase portraits.  For questions about photographs, please call Lifetouch at 866-214-0468.

All graduates and their guests are invited to a light reception following the ceremony.  The reception will be held outside on the Plaza.  In case of inclement weather, it will be held in the Gostomski Fieldhouse.

Parking may be limited on campus on commencement day.  Please check back frequently for updated information.

Disability Accommodations 
Handicapped parking is available on campus.  Anyone needing special accommodations for seating in the gymnasium should call (507) 457-6678 to make arrangements prior to the ceremony.  In order to honor all special needs section seating requests, one additional guest may sit with the individual requesting special needs seating.  A sign language interpreter will be at the ceremony.

On-Campus Housing Options
On-campus housing is available for family members on a first-come first-serve basis for Friday night, May 6. The cost is $20 per person. Call the Office of Residence Life at 507-457-1409 to make arrangements. Hotel-type accommodations are available at the Alverna Conference Center on the Saint Teresa Campus, approximately three miles from the main campus. There are two guest room options (rooms with one double bed and rooms with two twin-size beds). Each room has a private bathroom, internet, small television, bed linens and towels. Rooms are available Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7. The cost is $60 per room. Please contact Terrie Lueck (phone 507-457-6921; email to make arrangements.

Hotel Accommodations
The Winona area offers a wide variety of accommodations. For more information, go to:

The information contained herein is subject to change.