The countdown is ON to graduation. Make sure you are on track to graduate this spring and make a plan with your family and guests to attend.
☑ Confirm you’re eligible to graduate by reviewing your Degree Evaluation in Murphy Online.
☑ Receive email from the Registrar beginning in March confirming your eligibility to participate.
They will provide you with more information and steps to indicate you would like to participate in the commencement ceremony. Learn more on our How to Participate webpage.
☑ Purchase a Study Abroad or International Student Stole.
Stoles can be purchased for $45 until March 13. NOTE: Stoles are no longer available for purchase due to ordering deadlines with the manufacturer.
☑ Pick up your Cap and Gown during Grad Fest on April 19 and 20.
Caps and gowns are available at no cost to students from the St. Thomas Campus Stores. View more information.
☑ Put the schedule of events on your calendar.
Not sure when events are taking place? Find the schedule here.
☑ Plan accommodations for out of town family and attendees.
Find nearby hotels and attractions on our Accommodations webpage.
☑ Request accessibility needs for you or your guests.
If you are a student participating in the commencement ceremony and have accessibility needs, please contact Kimberly Schumann. Please submit your request by April 21, 2017 to ensure availability of equipment, if needed.
☑ Get involved with Senior Week
☑ Plan who will attend as your family and guests.
Invite your family and friends to attend. Commencement will take place in the stadium rain or shine, but if severe or dangerous weather occurs then the ceremony will be moved indoors. If the ceremony is moved indoors, only two guests per student are admitted into the field house. Each student receives two tickets for this purpose when they pick up their cap and gown. Determine who from your family or guests will use the two tickets prior to Commencement day. This will ensure that your guests are prepared to find an alternative viewing location on campus or watch a live stream at the comfort of their home. Learn more in the Severe Weather Plan.
☑ Consider your outfit for graduation (and what is not appropriate).
Read Commencement Etiquette.
☑ Learn what items are prohibited.
View list of prohibited items.
☑ Complete your student loan exit counseling.
Watch for more communication from the Financial Aid Office regarding loans you borrowed. Visit this Financial Aid webpage for more information.
☑ Activate your Salt® account.
Salt® provides free lifelong access to their library of online financial planning resources, including an integrated search engine for jobs, tools to help track your debt and tips to develop smart financial habits. Sign up and access your Salt account here.
Week of Commencement
☑ Attend Name Reading Rehearsal
Undergraduate and graduate students who would like to ensure their name is pronounced correctly during the commencement ceremony are invited to attend a commencement rehearsal with the name reader, Jim "Gully" Gullickson, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Friday, May 19, in the Anderson Student Center, Room 231.
☑ March Through the Arches
Join your classmates on Friday, May 19 at 4:00 p.m. to participate in the first-ever March Through the Arches with a reception to follow. View Event Details.
☑ Attend Commencement Mass
The Commencement Mass, a long-standing tradition at St. Thomas, will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 19, at the Cathedral of St. Paul. The cathedral is located at 239 Selby Avenue, St. Paul, MN. Caps and gowns will not be worn during the Mass. Parking is available across from the cathedral on Selby Avenue. All graduates and their families are invited to attend.
☑ Connect on Social Media
Use #TommieGrad and #UST2017 in your social media posts and connect with the @UofStThomasMN accounts.
☑ Plan where you and your guests will park for commencement.
☑ Setup a meeting point.
Make a plan with you for your family and guests outside of the stadium to celebrate together when the ceremony ends.
☑ Review the Severe Weather Plan
Commencement will take place in the stadium rain or shine, but if severe weather occurs then the ceremony will be moved indoors. Each student is given two tickets during Grad Fest for their family or guests to use for this purpose. Additional viewing areas will be available throughout campus for those who do not have a ticket into the severe weather site. St. Thomas will make a decision on Saturday morning if the severe weather plan will be enacted. Learn more about the Severe Weather Plan.
☑ Participate in the Commencement Ceremony!
Arrive to the Basketball Court in the Anderson Athletic & Recreation Complex (ARC) by 8:30 a.m. You'll check-in, pick-up your name reader card, and line up for the procession. Students will be able to sit alongside peers of their choosing within their designated college/school for the duration of the ceremony. Students will begin processing into the stadium by college/school promptly at 9:15 a.m. and the ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m.
☑ Receive your diploma in the mail.
☑ Provide feedback on the commencement experience to improve future ceremonies.
☑ Notify your local newspaper. If you’d like graduation information to be sent to a local newspaper, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. In your email, please include: the name of the graduate(s), their degree, when they graduated and what newspaper(s) that information should be sent to.