Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs Commencement January 2022

Saint Mary’s University will celebrate our 2021-2022 graduates in the Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs on Saturday, Jan. 22, in a new venue, Orchestra Hall. In addition to the in-person commencement ceremony, family and friends can also watch virtually (details below). There are two ways for guests to be part of this important celebration.

Congratulations Graduates! We are proud of you and your success — and look forward to seeing what the future holds for you.


Commencement January 2022 Details

Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022
Student Check-in: 9 a.m.
Ceremony: 10 a.m.
Orchestra Hall 
1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Directions and Parking

Covid Precautions:

Orchestra Hall maintains strict COVID-19 safety protocols. Guests will be required to:

  • Show proof of vaccination or a dated negative PCR test within 72 hours of the event. 
  • Wear masks. 

These safety precautions apply for infants and children as well. Current requirements can be found here



Virtual Commencement

Our live stream will begin approximately 30 minutes prior to commencement. The ceremony will be available afterwards on our YouTube channel.

Use the link below to watch the ceremony live or to view a recording after the ceremony.


Watch Live View Program

Coverage will start at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022

Reflections and President’s Remarks

Reflections will be provided by students from the School of Business and Technology, School of Education, School of Health and Human Services, and Rev. James P. Burns, IVD, Ph.D.


Haley Williams, B.S. in Marketing
Peter Kazeminejad, Ed.D. in Leadership
Annaliese Watson, M.A. in Counseling Psychology and Psychological Services

President's Remarks:
The Rev. James P. Burns, IVD, Ph.D., is the 14th president of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. His leadership has advanced the school's strategic plan, "Building a Future Full of Hope," which embraces a tradition of ethical leadership, character, and social impact while focusing on growth through excellence and innovation.





There will be an opportunity for families, friends, and faculty to take photos after the event outside of the main hall at Orchestra Hall while maintaining COVID-19 safety protocols. Photos will also be taken at the event by Lifetouch, and students will be contacted after the event to purchase professional images if they choose.



Commencement Live Stream

Coverage will start at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022


Commencement Program

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