Before you Arrive
This is a very exciting day for both the graduates and their guests.
Historically, the ceremony has been approximately 2.5-3 hours in length. Guests coming to campus for commencement are encouraged to plan ahead.
Add the Schedule of Events to your calendar. View the Commencement Weekend Schedule here.
Make a weather-plan: Commencement is planned for outside - rain or shine. Come prepared with sunglasses, sunscreen, and/or rain ponchos/raincoats for the outdoor ceremony. Umbrellas are NOT permitted. If the weather is severe, St. Thomas will implement the Severe Weather Plan to move the ceremony indoors to the Anderson Athletic and Recreation Center. The graduates have been given two tickets for guests to attend in this location. Each ticket admits one person and the original must be presented for admission (No copies, photos, or cell phone images of the ticket will be permitted). Alternative viewing locations will be available on campus. Learn more about the Severe Weather Plan.
Determine a meeting point outside of the stadium to find your graduate after the ceremony. There are hundreds of people looking for each other at the same time.
Leave Prohibited Items at Home: Do not bring items into the stadium that might detract from the dignity of the ceremony, or take any action that interferes with the ceremony.
- Balloons and noisemakers are prohibited at all ceremonies.
- Alcohol is not to be brought to and/or consumed at the ceremony.
- St. Thomas is a tobacco-free campus.
Plan hotel accommodations for out-of-town family and guests. View Accommodations and Directions website for visitors to campus.
Review Photography Restrictions. Picture-taking by graduates, family members or friends on or near the stage is prohibited. A professional photographer from GradImages has been hired by the university and will take your picture as you receive your diploma. Proofs will be sent to your permanent address and via email three to five days after the ceremony. There is no obligation to purchase. Pictures can be ordered online, by phone or by mail. GradImages can be contacted at (800) 261-2576 or at www.gradimages.com.
When you Arrive
No tickets are required for the commencement ceremony in O'Shaughnessy Stadium, which will be held outdoors rain or shine. If there are severe or dangerous weather conditions, tickets will be required for guests. Review the Severe Weather Plan for further information.
Directions & Parking
The University of St. Thomas is located at 2115 Summit Ave. Saint Paul, MN 55105. We have created a guide for more detailed directions to campus here.
Check your route to campus for any road construction or crashes that may cause delays.
Seating is available for commencement ceremonies on the field and in the bleachers of the O'Shaughnessy Stadium. Ushers will be available to assist guests with seating needs.
Because of limited space, guests are asked to leave strollers outside of the O’Shaughnessy Stadium and Field House. There will be a stroller corral where guests can leave strollers in the lower quad, east of the Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex. Ushers will direct guests to the stroller corral. The corrals will supervised during the ceremony. However, St. Thomas cannot take any responsibility for lost or damaged strollers.
Watching Your Graduate
Students will be seated together next to classmates of their choosing within their designated college or school. Please listen attentively as the students are called to receive their degrees. A video board will allow you to have a clear view of your student crossing the stage from your seat. You may watch the recored live stream for an up-close experience as well.