The countdown to graduation is ON. Make sure you are on track to graduate this spring and make a plan with your family and guests to attend.
December - February
☑ Receive email from Student Data and Registrar regarding your eligibility to participate in commencement.
They will provide you with more information and steps to indicate you would like to participate in the commencement ceremony.
☑ Apply for graduation through Murphy Online (Application available through May 1).
☑ Confirm you are eligible to graduate by reviewing your Degree Evaluation in Murphy Online.
☑ Purchase a Study Abroad, VISION, or International Student Stole.
More information regarding how to purchase your stole will be available in the beginning of 2019.
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.
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 19, 2019. 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. Communication regarding indoor ceremony ticketing will be sent to students' St. Thomas email. 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.
☑ 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.
Week of Commencement
☑ March Through the Arches
Join your classmates on Friday, May 24 at 4:00 p.m. to participate in the annual March Through the Arches with a reception to follow. View Event Details.
☑ Attend the Baccalaureate Mass
The Baccalaureate Mass, a long-standing tradition at St. Thomas, will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 24, 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.
☑ 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 your family and guests to celebrate together outside of the stadium 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 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.
☑ 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.
☑ Participate in the Commencement Ceremony!
Arrive to Schoenecker Arena in the Anderson Athletic & Recreation Complex (AARC) 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
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 email@example.com. 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.