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 of our programs. 

May 7, 2016

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

Eligibility
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 7 must request permission to commence by filling out the back portion of the Application for Graduation and Commencement (available in WebTools). 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, bschmidt@smumn.edu) if you have further questions.

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

Ceremony
The Winona Campus commencement ceremony will be a joint ceremony with Winona undergraduate and graduate students. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. It will be held in the gymnasium which will open at approximately 10 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.  

Photographer 
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.

Reception 
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 
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 (507-457-6921, tlueck@smumn.edu) to make arrangements.

Hotel Accommodations
The Winona area offers a wide variety of accommodations.

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Winona Campus Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs commencement will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2016, at 11 a.m.

Baccalaureate Mass – 8 a.m. (Saint Thomas More Chapel)

Eligibility
Students enrolled in programs in the Institute for Pastoral Ministries and in the M.A. in Philanthropy and Development must complete all degree requirements by April 1, 2016, to be eligible for the May 7, 2016, commencement ceremony.

For all other programs, students must be able to demonstrate to their respective program director a plan for completion of all degree requirements by August 21, 2016, in order to be eligible to participate in the May 7, 2016, commencement ceremony.

May commencement eligibility will be confirmed the first week of April 2016. Any questions regarding your eligibility for participation should be directed to your program director. All students intending to complete their degree by August 21, 2016, are required to submit a completed Application for Graduation and Commencement no later than March 15, 2016, even if they do not plan to participate in commencement.

PLEASE NOTE: Participation in commencement is not a certification of completion of your degree. Your degree completion date may be different than your commencement date.

Application
All eligible students are required to submit a completed Application for Graduation and Commencement no later than March 15, 2016, even if they do not plan to participate in the May 7, 2016, commencement ceremonies.

To complete the application, please log in to your Student Academic Record page in WebTools. Open the SGPP Graduation Application for 05/07/2016 link, complete the online 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.

Diplomas
Diploma envelopes will be presented at the ceremony. Actual diplomas will be mailed approximately three to six weeks following the ceremony or when the student has successfully completed all degree requirements and all outstanding balances are paid in full.

Academic Costume
Academic costume is traditional. Students wear the traditional gown, which is black with a sleeve opening near the wrist. Caps are worn with black tassels only.

Saint Mary's will use the information provided on the Application for Graduation and Commencement form to order cap, gown, tassel, and hood. Your regalia will be mailed directly to you from Jostens Inc. in April. The exception to this is our M.Ed. students who will receive their academic regalia from site facilitators.

Directions and Parking
For directions to the Winona Commencement, please see our Winona Campus Information page. The ceremony will be held in the Gymnasium.

Limited parking is available. A shuttle service will be provided by a nearby parking lot. More information on parking shuttle service will be available soon.

Seating
The Winona Campus will hold a joint ceremony with Winona undergraduate and graduate students. The gymnasium will open at approximately 10 a.m. for guest seating. Tickets are not required; however, we ask that you limit your guests to four to six per student. The gymnasium seating includes a limited number of chairs, but is primarily bleacher seating. Other venues for seating 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 Gymnasium Lobby is often a good place for seating if you have small children, as it provides space for them to move around. The Performance Center is air-conditioned and offers comfortable padded seating. Students will be hooded as they proceed toward the stage; students will then proceed across the stage as their names are called and receive a diploma envelope.

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

Disability Accommodations 
Handicapped parking is available on campus. Anyone needing special accommodations for seating in the gymnasium should call Mary Thole at 612-728-5118 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 available at the ceremony.

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

October 15, 2016

Saint Mary's University Center
2540 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404-4403

Graduates
You will receive an email confirming the time of the ceremony you will participate in after the Application for Graduation and Commencement form deadline of  Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, along with other details of the event.

Eligibility
Generally any student who will complete all degree requirements by September 23, 2016, is eligible to participate in the October commencement ceremony. Students intending to commence in October are required to submit their Application for Graduation and Commencement which is available on WebTools. Click on Student Academic Record and then select Graduation Application. If you will not be complete in your program by Friday, September 23rd our next commencement is Saturday, January 14, 2017. Please direct questions regarding academic eligibility requirements to your program staff.

Application
All eligible students are required to submit a completed Application for Graduation and Commencement even if they do not plan to participate in the October 15, 2016 commencement ceremonies.

To complete the graduation application, please login to your Student Academic Record page in WebTools. Open the SGPP Graduation Application for 10/15/2016 link, complete the form, noting any changes, and SUBMIT. A university graduation fee of $190.00 will be charged automatically. (There is no reduction in fee if you choose not to participate in commencement.)

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 found in student forms on the website and send to the following:

Saint Mary's University
Attn: Mary Thole
2500 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404-4403

Diplomas
Diploma envelopes will be presented at the ceremony. Diplomas are not guaranteed at commencement. 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 five 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, call 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. 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. 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.

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 referred to Mary Thole at 612-728-5118. 

Directions and Parking
Parking is available on the streets surrounding the campus or in any Saint Mary's parking lot. All lots are located on Oakland Ave. A drive-up on the north side of the Saint Mary’s University Center can be used for guests needing assistance.

Campus Map

Reception
All are invited to a reception serving refreshments held on the second floor of the Saint Mary's University Center immediately following the ceremony. Elevators and stairs are located on both sides of the auditorium.

Disability Accommodations
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 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.

Bookstore: Gifts and Refreshments
The Saint Mary's University Bookstore, located in La Salle Hall, 2nd floor, at 2500 Park Ave., will be open during the event. They will have graduation gifts, diploma frames, beverages, coffee, snacks, Saint Mary's logo items, and more available for purchase. Contact the bookstore at 612-728-5170 with questions.

Photographer
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 800-505-9496. Please do not contact Saint Mary's, as we do not handle photographs. Video recording is not provided.

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
507-457-1501
800-635-5987, Ext. 1501
registrar-win@smumn.edu

Find Us in the Twin Cities

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

Mary Thole, Student Services Coordinator
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
2500 Park Avenue #28
Minneapolis, MN 55404-4403
Phone: 612-728-5118
Fax: 612-728-5121
mthole@smumn.edu