A group of students in graduation hats and garb sitting in chairs facing the same direction.

Graduate Commencement Checklist

December - February

Confirm you are eligible to graduate by reviewing your Degree Evaluation in Murphy Online.

Apply for graduation through Murphy Online (Application available through May 8).

Notify your graduate program coordinator that you intend to participate in the graduate commencement ceremony or complete the online Graduate Application through Murphy Online.


☑ Put the schedule of events on your calendar.

 Plan accommodations for out of town family and attendees.
Find nearby hotels and attractions on our Visitors to the Twin Cities webpage

 Request accessibility needs for you or your guests. 
Sign language interpreters will be provided for all ceremonies. If you are a student participating in the commencement ceremony and you have an accessibility request, or you have a guest with an accessibility request, please contact Kimberly Schumann. Please submit your request by April 23, 2020. We will make every effort to accommodate requests after this date; earlier notification is appreciated.

 Plan who will attend as your family and guests. 
Invite your family and friends to attend - no tickets are required if the ceremony is held outdoors! Commencement will take place in the stadium rain or shine, but if severe or dangerous weather occurs then the ceremony will be moved indoors and space will be limited for guests of graduating students. A live stream video and recording will be available here on the Commencement website during each ceremony for family/friends who wish to watch at home. In addition, indoor live stream viewing sites will be available on campus during the ceremony.


 Pick-up your cap and gown.
Caps and gowns are provided at no cost through the St. Thomas Campus Stores beginning May 4 at the Minneapolis bookstore and beginning May 11 at the St. Paul bookstore. 

Week of Commencement

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. Due to limited seating indoors, each student is given tickets 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.  

☑ Plan how your guests will commute and park to the St. Paul campus.

 Setup a meeting point.
Make a plan with your family and guests to celebrate together outside of the stadium when the ceremony ends.

☑ Attend the Commencement Mass
The Commencement Mass, a long-standing tradition at St. Thomas, will be on Friday, May 22 at 7 p.m. Caps and gowns will not be worn during the Mass. All graduates and their families are invited to attend. 

 Participate in the Graduate Commencement Ceremony!
In the afternoon of May 23, arrive to Schoenecker Arena in the Anderson Athletic & Recreation Complex (AARC) to check-in, pick-up your name reader card, and line up for the procession by school/college. View campus map

☑ Connect on Social Media
Use #TommieGrad in your social media posts and stay up to date with information from the @UofStThomasMN Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.


☑  Receive your diploma
Your diploma will be mailed to you beginning early July assuming all graduation requirements have been met. Be sure to complete any outstanding payments with the Business Office to ensure timely delivery.

  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 news@stthomas.edu. 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