Graduate Ceremony Information

The details below reflect the 2015 commencement ceremony information.

Accessibility for Students

If you are a student participating in the ceremony and have accessibility needs, please contact Kimberly Schumann in Disability Services at (651) 962-6315 or kjschumann@stthomas.edu. Please submit your request by April 20, 2015 to ensure availability of equipment, if needed.

Accessible Parking

The drop-off location for people with accessibility needs will be Lot G, which is located off of Cleveland Avenue between Portland and Ashland avenues. Click here to view a map of the campus. Accessible parking is available also in Lot A and Lot B, for those vehicles with state-issued handicap permits. For safety reasons, there is no drop-off or pick-up on Summit Avenue or Cretin Avenue North. All surface lots and ramps on campus have state handicap-permit parking stalls for your convenience. Parking is on a first-come first-served basis.

Accessible Seating

There are designated seating areas at the ceremony for people with mobility issues. These seats are on the floor/ground level of O'Shaughnessy Stadium. If guests in wheelchairs prefer not to sit in the designated areas, they may ask an usher to remove a chair at the end of a row so they can sit with family and friends in other areas of the stadium. Ushers will be available to assist people with mobility disabilities.

Announcements

Each student will receive five free graduation announcements upon picking up his or her cap and gown. Additional announcements can be purchased in the bookstore. Personalized announcements can be ordered through the St. Thomas bookstore website. Please allow 72 hours for your order to be shipped.

Balloons

Balloons are prohibited at all ceremonies.

Candidate Attire

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. Jeans and flip-flops are not acceptable.

The cap should be worn with the mortarboard parallel to the ground, and without any additional modification to the appearance. Candidates should wear the tassel on the left side.

Cap and Gown

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 as you exit the building under the tent (in case of rain, in Schoenecker Arena).

You will need a picture ID when you pick up your cap and gown. Opus College of Business and College of Education, Leadership and Counseling master's candidates, pick up your caps and gowns at the Minneapolis campus bookstore. All other master's candidates, doctoral candidates, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Divinity, and School of Engineering candidates, pick up your caps and gowns at the St. Paul-campus bookstore.

The Minneapolis-campus bookstore will begin to distribute caps and gowns on Thursday, April 30. Store hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m, and Friday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The St. Paul-campus bookstore in the lower level of Murray-Herrick Campus Center will distribute caps and gowns on the following dates: May 11-14 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday, May 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; May 18-21 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, May 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, May 23, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Evening-ceremony candidates can pick up their caps and gowns after 5 p.m. at the Anderson Student Center.

Ceremony Schedule

Friday, May 22, 2015; Commencement Mass

The Commencement Mass, a long-standing tradition at St. Thomas, will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 23, at the Cathedral of St. Paul. The cathedral is located at 239 Selby Ave., St. Paul. Caps and gowns will not be worn during the Mass. Parking is available across from the cathedral on Selby Avenue. Please contact the cathedral directly if you have questions or concerns. (651) 228-1766

Saturday, May 23, 9:30 a.m.
8 a.m. - Faculty marshals report to Schoenecker Arena for line-up. Appropriate academic regalia is required.

8:15 a.m. - Faculty marshals should be robed and ready to assist students.

8:30 a.m. - Doors open to AARC field house. Early seating will not be available.

8:30 a.m. - Graduates report to Schoenecker Arena, find their names on a posted alphabetical list, and line up in their rows by 9 a.m.

9 a.m. - Faculty and staff members (non-marshals) are encouraged to attend the ceremony and walk in the procession to show support and encouragement to the graduates. Report to Schoenecker Arena to line up. Appropriate regalia is required.

9:30 a.m. – The commencement exercise begins with the academic procession.

The President’s reception will be held on John P. Monahan Plaza following the ceremony. All are invited.

Tips for Faculty and Staff Members, Students

  • Please do NOT leave valuables in the arena during line-up or after the procession.
  • Wear comfortable shoes with low heels. You will be walking a significant distance from the line-up area to your seats during the procession.
  • Do not bring items into the field house that might detract from the dignity of the ceremony, or take any action that interferes with the ceremony. Thank you for demonstrating your support and giving the ceremony the dignity and honor that it deserves.

Tickets are not required for the commencement ceremony.

Commencement Mass

The Commencement Mass, a long-standing tradition at St. Thomas, begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 23, at the Cathedral of St. Paul. The cathedral is located at 239 Selby Avenue. Caps and gowns are not worn during the Mass.

Diploma

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.

Diploma frames can be purchased at either of the  University of St. Thomas Bookstores or can be ordered online.

Graduate Program Coordinators

Art History
Bev Johnson
bhjohnson@stthomas.edu

Music
Bev Johnson
bhjohnson@stthomas.edu

Catholic Studies
Ann Serdar
amserdar@stthomas.edu

School of Divinity
Cheri Coffee
cjcoffee@stthomas.edu
English
Joyce Poley
pole2010@stthomas.edu

School of Engineering
Joyce Taylor
jataylor1@stthomas.edu

Doug Stubeda (Graduate Programs in Software)
djstubeda@stthomas.edu

Opus College of Business
Pam Phairas
pfphairas@stthomas.edu
School of Social Work
Lisa Dalsin
lmdasin@stthomas.edu

College of Education, Leadership and Counseling

Phyliss Dykhuizen
prdykhuizen@stthomas.edu

Laura Dupont
llshurson@stthomas.edu

Hood Return

Hood return will be located Schoenecker Arena following the ceremony. Please return your hood before leaving the St. Paul campus.

Hotels

Please click here to see "Accommodations." Follow the directions for each hotel to get the UST rate.

Live Streaming Video

Live-streaming video will be available during the ceremony on the commencement website. Click on Video in the bottom-right corner. In additional to live-streaming on the day of commencement, the video will be available online.

Map

Click here for campus maps.

Miscellaneous

Do not leave valuables in the line-up area during the ceremony.

Wear comfortable shoes with low heels. You will be walking up the stairs from Schoenecker Arena to the field house during the procession.
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 that it deserves.

Important Note: Possession or consumption of alcohol is strictly prohibited in the line-up area and during the procession and ceremony.

Newspaper Announcements of Graduates

Newspaper announcements of graduates will be issued for all verified students. Please note that the list of verified students will not be available until approximately one month after the end of the spring semester. In addition, it can take two to four weeks to process and mail the list. Publication is at the discretion of local newspapers. If you have questions regarding the releases, please contact Brittany Stojsavljevic at STOJ0003@stthomas.edu.

Non-attendance

Please notify your graduate program coordinator if you do not plan to attend the graduation ceremony.

Parking

Free parking will be available in all surface parking lots with red or yellow signs, and in two parking ramps on campus. Click here to view a campus map. The Anderson Parking Facility’s entrance is located off of Cretin and Grand avenues. To park in the Morrison Hall ramp, enter from Selby Avenue and Finn Street at the north end of campus. The Morrison Hall ramp has a height restriction of 12’6”. See "Accessible Parking" for information on parking with a handicap permit and accessible drop-off.

Please use on-campus parking and do not park in the surrounding neighborhood. Several streets in close proximity to campus are posted with signs requiring city-issued residential parking permits. The St. Paul Police Department will ticket cars violating parking restrictions.

Photographer

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.

Picture-taking by graduates, family members or friends on or near the stage is prohibited.

Picture Taking

Picture-taking on or near the stage is prohibited.

Speaker

TBD

Strollers

Strollers will not be allowed in the field house because of the large number of guests who attend the ceremony. There will be a stroller corral where guests can leave strollers in the lower quad, south of the Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex. Ushers will direct guests to the stroller corral, and the area will be supervised during the ceremony.

Tassels and Hoods

Tassels will be distributed when students pick up their caps and gowns. Tassel color is determined by degree program. Tassels are worn on the left side of the cap. The colors are listed below.

White: arts and letters, humanities, Catholic studies
Scarlet: theology, peace and justice
Drab: business
Light blue: education
Gold: Doctor of Education
Orange: engineering
Citron: social work
Brown: fine arts
Pink: music

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.

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

Hood return will be located in Schoenecker Arena following the ceremony. Please return your hood before leaving the St. Paul campus.

Tickets

No tickets are required for this ceremony.

Wheelchair Rental

The university does not provide wheelchairs. Fairview Home Medical Equipment, (651) 632-9800, rents wheelchairs. The cost is $25/week (no daily rate).