Celebrating Our Students

Commencement season at Saint Mary’s is an exciting time for our students, their families, and our faculty and staff. On this page you will find helpful information about commencement events for all programs. 

May 8, 2021

We continue to plan for your commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 8, 2021.

Three commencement ceremonies will be structured as follows:

  • May 8, 10 to 11 a.m. — School of Arts and Humanities
  • May 8, 1 to 2 p.m. — School of Business and Technology and School of Education
  • May 8, 4 to 5 p.m. — John C. Parmer School of Sciences.

Only family members or guests with tickets are permitted on campus. The ceremonies will be livestreamed for those unable to attend in person.

Baccalaureate Mass will be held in Saint Thomas More Chapel on Friday, May 7, at 4:00 p.m. Unfortunately, no guests are permitted for Baccalaureate Mass. The Mass will be live streamed.

Our goal continues to be to provide safe commencement activities. We are looking forward to celebrating this day with the graduates and guests.

June 5, 2021

Virtual Commencement Ceremony
Virtual Commencement 2021

On Saturday, June 5, at 7 p.m., Saint Mary's will celebrate graduating students during a virtual commencement ceremony. We invite students, their families, friends, and supporters to take part in celebrating graduating students and all of their academic accomplishments.

Generally, any student who will complete all degree requirements by May 21, 2021, is eligible to participate in the June 5, 2021, commencement ceremony.

Students intending to commence in June are required to submit their Application for Graduation and Commencement which is located on the homepage of their Student Portal. Please direct questions regarding academic eligibility requirements to your program staff.

Diplomas will be mailed to you as soon as it is received on campus, if financial obligations have been met. Jostens requires a minimum of  four weeks to process diploma orders.

Diploma and official transcripts will not be released for any student who has an outstanding balance with the Business Office. For questions on your financial status, contact Student Central at 612-238-4566.

Academic Costume
Academic costume is traditional. By completing the Application for Graduation and Commencement form, appropriate regalia for your program will be mailed to you at least two weeks ahead of the ceremony. Doctoral students must submit a Fine Quality Custom Regalia form to order doctoral regalia. Candidates for 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. Your gown, cap, and academic hood will be mailed to you prior to the ceremony. Please direct regalia questions to the Office of the Registrar.

Doctoral candidates wear the navy Saint Mary's official academic regalia with bell-shaped sleeve and black velvet panels and chevron. Questions regarding doctoral academic regalia (which takes eight weeks from order to delivery for purchase and 5 weeks for rental) should be directed to the Office of the Registrar.

Find Us in Winona

Saint Mary's Hall, Room 29
Winona Campus
Hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Registrar's Office
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
700 Terrace Heights, #37
Winona, MN 55987-1399
800-635-5987, Ext. 1501

Find Us in the Twin Cities

La Salle Hall
Twin Cities Campus
Hours: Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Student Central
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
2500 Park Avenue
LaSalle Hall 158
Minneapolis, MN 55404-4403
Phone: 612-238-4566 or 866-437-2788
Fax: 612-728-5121