The countdown is ON to graduation. Make sure you are on track to graduate this spring and make a plan with your family and guests to attend.
☑ Confirm you’re eligible to graduate by reviewing your Degree Evaluation in Murphy Online.
☑ Receive email from the Registrar beginning in February confirming your eligibility to participate.
They will provide you with more information and steps to indicate you would like to participate in the commencement ceremony.
☑ Purchase a Study Abroad, VISION, or International Student Stole.
Stoles can be purchased for $45 until March 14 through University Tickets.
☑ Pick up your Cap and Gown during Grad Fest on April 25 and 26.
No pre-order necessary. Simply visit Dorsey Way on the 2nd floor of the Anderson Student Center to pick up your cap and gown, take part of the Campus Store's biggest sale of the year on diploma frames, and learn about services available to you after you graduate from St. Thomas. View more information.
☑ 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.
☑ 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.
☑ 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 18 at 4:00 p.m. to participate in the first-ever 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 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.
☑ 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.
☑ 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. Learn more about the Severe Weather Plan.
☑ Connect on Social Media
Use #TommieGrad in your social media posts and connect with the @UofStThomasMN accounts.
☑ Participate in the Commencement Ceremony!
Arrive to the Basketball Court in the Anderson Athletic & Recreation Complex (ARC) 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.