Graduate Commencement Checklist


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.


☑ 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.


 Pick-up your cap and gown.
Caps and gowns are available at no cost from the 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. 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.

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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

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

 Participate in the Graduate Commencement Ceremony!
Arrive to the Basketball Court in the Anderson Athletic & Recreation Complex (AARC) 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


  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 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