Graduate Ceremony Information

The details below reflect the 2016 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, 2016 to ensure availability of equipment, if needed.

Accessible Parking

The drop-off location for people with accessibility needs are Lot G, which is located off of Cleveland Avenue between Portland and Ashland avenues, and the Anderson Student Center turnaround off Cretin Avenue, just north of the Summit Avenue intersection.

For safety reasons, droff-off or pick-up on Summit Avenue or Cretin Avenue North will not be permitted.

Guests who have state-issued disability parking permits may park in Lot G. Surface parking lots with red or yellow signs also have state-issued parking permit stalls. Parking at these locations are on a first-come first-served basis.

Click here to view a map of the campus.

Accessible Seating

Designated seating areas for people with mobility devices are available in the field house. If guests 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 field house. Ushers will be available to assist guests with seating needs.

Additional Accommodations

There will be American Sign Language interpretation throughout the ceremony.

Announcements

Each student will receive five free graduation announcements from their Program Coordinators. Additional announcements can be purchased in the bookstore. Personalized announcements can be ordered online. Please allow 5-7 days for shipping.

Balloons and Noise Makers

Balloons and noise makers 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, medallions, and pins are approved for wear during the ceremony. Other oversized personal adornments, such as flower leis, hats, signs, ribbons, or scarves, are not 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 receiving their bachelor’s degrees should wear the tassel on the right side. It is moved to the left side at the designated time.

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

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 28. Store hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m, Friday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 12:30 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 9-12 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; May 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; May 16-19 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; May 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and May 21 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 20, 2016: Commencement Mass

The Commencement Mass, a long-standing tradition at St. Thomas, will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 20, at the Cathedral of St. Paul. The cathedral is located at 239 Selby Avenue, St. Paul. 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. Please contact the cathedral directly if you have questions or concerns. (651) 228-1766

Saturday, May 21, 2016: Graduate Commencement Ceremony

8:00 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.

9:00 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, Staff Members, and Graduates:

  • 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 respect for others, 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, will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 20, 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. Please contact the cathedral directly if you have questions or concerns at (651) 228-1766.

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

Marria Thompson

marria.thompson@stthomas.edu

Catholic Studies

Ann Serdar

amserdar@stthomas.edu

College of Education, Leadership, and Counseling

Laura Dupont

llshurshon@stthomas.edu

English

Soren Hoeger-Lerdal

hoeg4469@stthomas.edu

Music

Bev Johnson

bhjohnson@stthomas.edu

Opus College of Business

Pam Phairas

pfphairas@stthomas.edu

School of Divinity

Cheri Coffee

cjcoffee@stthomas.edu

School of Engineering

Alison Thompson

lanc0308@stthomas.edu

School of Engineering – Graduate Programs in Software

Doug Stubeda

djstubeda@stthomas.edu

School of Social Work

Lisa Dalsin

lmdalsin@stthomas.edu

 
 

Hood Return

The Hood Return tent will be located near the flagpole on the campus quadrangle 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 St. Thomas rate.

Live Streaming Video

The May 21st Commencement Ceremonies will be available via “live stream”.  After the event, the recorded ceremony is edited and made available for viewing (at a later date) on the Commencement Website for those who were unable to attend or may have had difficulty with the live streaming process. 

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 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. There is a 7 foot height restriction for entering this parking ramp.

The Morrison Hall ramp enterance is located off of Selby Avenue and Finn Street at the north end of campus. There is a 6"10' height restriction for entering this ramp.

  • Guests arriving for the Graduate commencement ceremony are encouraged to park in the Anderson Parking Facility.
  • Guests arriving to the Undergraduate commencement ceremony prior to 12:30 p.m. are encouraged to park in the Morrison Hall ramp or in Lots A, B, or C. This will reduce congestion between the Graduate and Undergraduate commencement traffic.
  • Guests arriving for the Opus College of Business commencement ceremony are encouraged to park in the Anderson Parking Facility beginning at 5:15 p.m.

Please see "Accessible Parking" for information on parking with a state-issued handicap permit and for accessible drop-off locations.

Please use on-campus parking and do not park in the surrounding neighborhood. When parking in the surrounding neighborhood, please observe all posted permit required parking areas. 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

The Honorable Amy Klobuchar, U.S. senator (D-Minn.)

 

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. For wheelchair rental information, please contact Fairview Home Medical Equipment, (651) 632-980. The cost is $28/week (no daily rate), and reservations can be made by calling Fairview Home Medical Equipment one week prior to Commencement.