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

Graduate Commencement Checklist

March

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

Notify your graduate program coordinator that you intend to participate in the graduate commencement ceremony.

April

☑ Put the schedule of events on your calendar.
Not sure when events are taking place? Find the full list of events here

 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 20, 2018. We will make every effort to accommodate requests after this date; earlier notification is appreciated.

 Pick-up your cap and gown.
Caps and gowns are provided for at no cost through St. Thomas Campus Stores. View more information on cap and gown pick-up locations.  

 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.

☑ Plan your outfit for graduation
Learn about appropriate attire and how to be weather prepared on our Attire and Etiquette page.

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 two tickets when picking up their cap and gown 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

☑ Plan how your guests will commute and park to the St. Paul campus.
Read about arriving to campus on our Directions, Parking, and Seating page.


 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.

☑ Attend the Baccalaureate Mass
The Baccalaureate Mass, a long-standing tradition at St. Thomas, will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 18, 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. 

 Participate in the Graduate Commencement Ceremony!
Arrive to the Basketball Court in the Anderson Athletic & Recreation Complex (ARC) by 4:30 p.m. You'll check-in, pick-up your name reader card, and line up for the procession by school/college. The procession into the stadium will start promptly at 5:15 p.m. and the ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m.  View campus map

☑ Connect on Social Media
Stay up to date with information from the @UofStThomasMN Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.

July 

☑  Receive your diploma
Your diploma will be mailed to you beginning six weeks after the commencement ceremony. 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