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College Commencement

Graduation information for the undergraduate College

Undergraduate College Commencement
May 10, 2014

Baccalaureate Mass – 8:00 a.m. (Saint Thomas More Chapel)
Commencement Ceremony – 11:00 a.m. (Gymnasium)
Reception – 12:30 p.m.

Details listed below pertain to the Winona campus joint undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremony. 

Any student who will complete all degree requirements by May 10, 2014, is eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony. Students who will not satisfy all graduation requirements by May 10, must request permission to commence by filling out the back portion of the application for Graduation & Commencement form. 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.

Rehearsal for Commencement
Seniors will rehearse for commencement on Friday, May 9, at 10:00 a.m. in the gymnasium.

Assembly Information
Assembly for the procession will take place at 10:15 a.m. on the road in front of Saint Mary’s Hall. Candidates will line up alphabetically, with candidates from Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary at the front of the procession. In case of inclement weather, assembly will be in Gostomski Fieldhouse.

Limited parking will be available. A shuttle service will be provided from a nearby parking lot.

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 12. Call Barb Schmidtknecht at (507) 457-6678 if you have further questions.

Tickets are not required for the commencement ceremony. The ceremony lasts approximately 2 hours. All degree candidates will be hooded before crossing the stage and receiving their diploma.

Luncheon Buffet
Lunch will be available in the Toner Student Center Dining Room from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Cost is $9.00 for adults and $4.75 for children 10 & under.

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 Gostomski Fieldhouse.

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, only one additional guest may sit with the individual requesting special needs seating. A sign language interpreter will be at the ceremony.

Graduation announcements and commencement accessories may be ordered at the Senior Salute or online at www.herffjones.com/college/smumn/winona. If you have questions regarding announcements, you may contact Herff Jones directly at 
(952) 447-4449.

DVDs of the commencement ceremony will be available for purchase for $9.95 (plus tax & $2.00 shipping). DVDs can be ordered online at www.HBCI.com/store.

Photos and Video
Live video of the ceremony will be available online, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Click here for more information.

To provide you with a remembrance of the day, we have made arrangements with Lifetouch, NSS to take photos as graduates are receiving their diplomas. Graduates will receive information directly from Lifetouch, NSS regarding the options to purchase protraits. You may also view and order your portaits online at www.events.lifetouch.com. Questions regarding commencement photographs should be directed to Lifetouch at
(866) 214-0468. 

Financial Obligations
Student accounts must be paid in full prior to graduation. Any questions should be referred to Bruce Greenwood at (507) 457-1446. Diplomas and transcripts are withheld pending completion of all financial obligations.

Housing Options
On-campus housing is available for family members of seniors on a first-come first-serve basis for Friday night, May 9. The cost is $20 per person. Call the Office of Residence Life at (507) 457-1409 to make arrangements.

The information contained herein is subject to change.