This information reflects the 2013 ceremony.
Accessibility for Students
If you are a student participating in the ceremony and have accessibility needs, please contact Kimberly Schumann in Disability Services, (651) 962-6315. Please submit by April 19 to ensure availability of equipment if needed.
The best and closest locations to the graduation sites for guests with accessibility needs is the Anderson Student Center. Drop off and pick-up for guests with accessibility needs will be in the Anderson Student Center turn-around. This is located off of Cretin Avenue just north of Summit Avenue. Golf cart rides will be available from this accessible drop off area to the field house in the Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex for guests with limited mobility. Also there is accessible parking in the Anderson Student Center parking garage for those with state-issued handicap permits. Enter the drop-off area and garage from Cretin Avenue northbound only. There is no left turn into the turn-around southbound on Cretin Avenue. For safety reasons there is no drop off or pick up on Summit Avenue or Cretin Avenue North. Click here to view the parking lots on campus. Please do not park in the neighborhood out of respect for our neighbors. Several streets have signs requiring city-issued residential parking permits.
There are designated seating areas at the ceremony for people with limited mobility. People also can sit at the end of a row and ask an usher to remove a chair. Ushers will be available to assist people with mobility impairments.
In keeping with the solemnity of the occasion, graduates must wear university-issued academic regalia, including cap and gown. Only university issued honor cords and medallions are approved for wear during the ceremony. No other oversized personal adornments, such as flower leis, hats, signs, ribbons, or scarves are acceptable.
The cap should be worn with the mortarboard parallel to the ground and without any additional modification to the appearance. Candidates receiving a graduate or professional degree wear the tassel on the left side throughout the ceremony.
It is recommended that personal clothing include dark pants for men, dark pants or skirts for women, and comfortable dark shoes. For graduate ceremonies, it is recommended that shirts or blouses with buttons be worn to properly attach the hood. Jeans or flip flops are not acceptable.
Cap and Gown
Your graduation coordinator must have your measurements by March 29. Caps and gowns are provided by the university at no cost to graduates. They are yours to keep. The master's-degree hoods, however, must be returned after the ceremony.
You will need a picture ID when you pick up your cap and gown. Doctoral candidates, Opus College of Business and College of Education, Leadership and Counseling master's candidates, pick up your caps and gowns at the campus you chose on the graduation application. You will receive an email verification once you complete the application for graduation.
All other master's candidates, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Divinity, School of Engineering, and School of Social Work pick up your caps and gowns at the St. Paul-campus bookstore.
The Minneapolis-campus bookstore will begin to distribute caps and gowns on Wednesday, May 1. Store hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m, Friday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Please note that the Minneapolis-campus bookstore is closed on Saturday, May 25.
The St. Paul-campus bookstore in the lower level of Murray-Herrick Campus Center will distribute caps and gowns on the following dates: May 13-16 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday, May 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; May 20-23 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday, May 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, May 25, 9:30 a.m.
8 a.m. Faculty and staff marshals report to Schoenecker Arena to line up. Appropriate academic regalia is required.
8:15 a.m. Faculty and staff marshals robed and ready to assist students.
8:30 a.m. Doors open to the field house for guests.
8:30 a.m. Schoenecker Arena doors open and graduates should find their name on the alpha list by the cardio room, then proceed to their row in the arena by 8:45 a.m.
9 a.m. Faculty and staff members (non-marshal) are encouraged to attend the ceremony and march in the processional to show support and encouragement to the graduates. Report to Schoenecker Arena to line up. Appropriate academic regalia is required.
9:30 a.m. Commencement exercises begin with the academic procession from Schoenecker Arena to the field house.
10:30 a.m. President's reception in the lower quadrangle following the ceremony. Graduates, guests, faculty members and administrators are invited. Rain site is the Anderson Student Center.
The Commencement Mass, a long-standing tradition at St. Thomas, begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 24, at the Cathedral of St. Paul. The cathedral is located at 239 Selby Avenue. Caps and gowns are not worn during the Mass.
You will receive your diploma when all requirements for your degree are completed. In addition, your tuition account must be paid in full. Diplomas will be mailed approximately eight weeks after all requirements are verified as completed.
Fresh flowers from Commencement Flowers will be available for purchase on the day of commencement. They are also available for pre-order by clicking here.
Graduate Program Coordinators
|School of Divinity
School of Engineering
Doug Stubeda (Graduate Programs in Software)
|Opus College of Business
|School of Social Work
|College of Education, Leadership and Counseling
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Students and faculty members should not leave valuables in the line-up area during the ceremony.
Students and faculty should wear comfortable shoes with a low heel. You will be walking up the stairs from Schoenecker Arena to the field house during the procession.
We request that you do not bring items into the field house that might distract from the dignity of the ceremony, or create any action that interferes with the ceremony. Thank you for demonstrating your support and giving the ceremony the dignity and honor it richly deserves.
Important Note: Possession or comsumption of alcohol is strictly prohibited during the procession and ceremony.
Newspaper Announcements of Graduates
Newspaper announcements of graduates are issued for all verified undergraduate and graduate students. Please note that the list of verified students is not available until approximately one month after the end of a term. In addition, it can take two to three weeks to process and mail the list. Publication is at the discretion of local newspapers. If you have questions regarding the releases, please contact Kelly Engebretson at email@example.com.
Please notify your graduate program coordinator if you do not plan to attend the graduation ceremony.
Guests are encouraged to park in the Anderson Parking Facility, enter off of Grand Avenue and Cretin Avenue, the Morrison Hall Ramp, enter off of Selby Avenue at Finn Avenue, or the McNeely Ramp, enter off of Grand Avenue and Cleveland Avenue. Parking is also available at all of the surface parking lots with red or yellow signs. Click here to view the parking lots and ramps. The Morrison Hall Ramp has height restrictions of 12' 6". See "Accessible Parking" for information on parking with a handicap permit and assessable drop-off. Please do not park in the neighborhood out of respect for our neighbors. Several streets have signs requring city-issued residential parking permits.
A professional photographer from GradImages will take your picture as you receive your diploma. Proofs will be sent to your permanent address and via email within 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 via email at www.gradimages.com.
The president's reception will immediately follow the ceremony in the lower quadrangle. Graduates please plan to meet your guests at the reception. Rain site is the Anderson Student Center. An assortment of muffins, coffee and juice will be served.
Father Michael O’Connell, pastor of the Church of the Ascension in North Minneapolis, will be the commencement speaker. Father O’Connell has been the pastor at the Church of the Ascension since 1999. Also he served as rector of the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis from 1991 to 2008. He has a B.A. degree in philosophy from the St. Paul Seminary, an M.A. degree in pastoral studies from the University of St. Thomas, and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota.
Father O’Connell serves on several community and foundation boards, including those of the Habitat for Humanity Philanthropic Leadership Council, the Hazelden Foundation, the Jeremiah Program (national), and Robins, Kaplan, Miller and Ciresi LLP Foundation for Children.
Strollers will not be allowed in the field house because of the large number of guests who attend the graduate ceremony. There will be a stroller corral where you can leave your stroller in the lower quad. Ushers will direct you to the stroller corral, and an usher will be with the strollers during the ceremony.
Tassels and Hoods
Tassels will be handed out when students pick up their caps and gowns.Tassel color is determined by the degree program. The colors are listed below. Master’s-degree candidates will receive their hoods during line-up on the day of commencement. Education Specialist candidates will receive their hoods when they pick up their caps, gowns and tassels. Education Specialist hood colors represent the schools in which they received their master’s degrees. Doctoral candidates are hooded on stage during the commencement ceremony. The colors of hoods are listed below. Tassels are worn on the left side of the cap.
White: arts and letters, humanities, Catholic studies
Scarlet: theology, peace and justice
Light blue: education
Gold: Doctor of Education
Citron: social work
Brown: fine arts
White: arts and letters, English, music, Catholic studies
Scarlet: theology, Doctor of Ministry
Dark blue: business communication
Gold: software design and development
Light brown: business
Light blue: education, Doctor of Education, counseling psychology
Dark blue: Doctor of Counseling Psychology
Aqua: international studies
Citron: social work
Orange: manufacturing engineering
The university does not provide wheelchairs. Fairview Home Medical Equipment, (651) 632-9800, rents wheelchairs. The cost is $27/week. It does not rent by the day.
Wheelchairs also can be rented from Dahl Medical Supply, (612) 334-3159, which rents for $30 for 1-3 days. Mention the University of St. Thomas Commencement to Dahl Medical Supply to receive a discount.