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Undergraduate Commencement

St. Thomas is excited to announce our commencement ceremonies to celebrate the graduates of 2022!

The university will host three undergraduate commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 21, 2022. See Commencement Ceremonies below for ceremony times assigned by program of study.

Guests of graduates are welcome to attend. Guests do not need to check in with their graduate, and tickets are not needed. All guests will be greeted and seated by volunteer ushers when they arrive at the stadium.

Ceremonies also will be video live-streamed and recorded for those who cannot attend in person. Our ceremonies will recognize individual graduates participating virtually.

Commencement Participation:

  • Students were invited by email to participate in commencement ceremonies. The deadline to complete the graduation application is May 1, 2022.
  • All students who complete the graduation application and indicate they will participate in commencement in person or virtually will automatically have their cap and gown ordered. There is no cost for regalia.
  • Graduates can pick up their caps and gowns at Grad Fest on Friday, April 29, part of Senior Days.

COVID-19 Safety Precautions: All events will follow any guidelines and requirements in place at the time of commencement. Please review our COVID-19 response plan for the latest updates.

As new details are finalized, we will continue to provide updates on this website. Graduates also will receive information via email.
(last updated on 5/4/22)

Ceremony Details

Saturday, May 21, 2022
9 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m. (ceremony by college)

University of St. Thomas
St. Paul Campus
O’Shaughnessy Stadium

Commencement Ceremony Recordings (Archive)

Commencement Ceremonies

On Saturday, May 21, 2022, the university will host three outdoor undergraduate commencement ceremonies for students who have been assigned a ceremony time based on their program of study:

Ceremony Time by Program of Study

  • 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 21
  • 12 p.m. on Saturday, May 21
  • 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 21
  • 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 21

    College of Arts and Sciences

    12 p.m. on Saturday, May 21

    Opus College of Business

    3 p.m. on Saturday, May 21

    Morrison Family College of Health

    School of Education

    School of Engineering

    9 a.m. on Saturday, May 21

    9 a.m. on Saturday, May 21

    College of Arts and Sciences

    12 p.m. on Saturday, May 21

    12 p.m. on Saturday, May 21

    Opus College of Business

    3 p.m. on Saturday, May 21

    3 p.m. on Saturday, May 21

    Morrison Family College of Health

    School of Education

    School of Engineering

    Ceremony Details

    Each ceremony will be approximately 75 minutes. Ceremonies also will be video live-streamed and recorded for those who cannot attend in person.

    Graduates should arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of your assigned ceremony. If you already have your name reader card, please proceed to the stadium to be seated. If you do not have your name reader card, check in at the Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex (AARC). You may then proceed to the stadium to be seated.

    Graduates who participate in person currently do not have a cap on the number of guests allowed for the outdoor ceremonies.

    Graduates who choose to participate virtually will be recognized during the ceremony.

    The ceremonies will be held outdoors, rain or shine, in O’Shaughnessy Stadium on our St. Paul campus.

    In the event of extreme weather, the ceremonies will be moved indoors to the Field House inside the Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex. Graduates will receive four guest tickets to share. The indoor ceremonies also will be video live-streamed and recorded for those who cannot attend in person.

    Undergraduate students of Senior standing, who have not been acknowledged at a previous baccalaureate ceremony, are eligible to attend.

    Commencement Day Schedule

    Be prepared to arrive on time for the day of commencement. Please check back here for details after you have your ceremony time provided to you! In following safety protocols, guests and graduates will not be allowed to gather on the field or in the stadium before or after the ceremony.

    Time Time Time
    Ceremony Starts 9:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m.
    Doors Open 8:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m.

    Attire and Etiquette

  • General Standards
  • What is Prohibited?
  • Cap and Gown
  • Tassels on Mortarboard
  • Announcements and Diploma Frames
  • General Standards

    In keeping with the significance of the occasion, graduates must wear university-issued academic regalia, including cap and gown. Only University-issued honor cords and medallions are approved for wear during the ceremony. Other personal adornments, such as flower leis, hats, signs, ribbons, or scarves, are not acceptable.

    Stoles, decorated commencement caps and pins that positively represents a student’s St. Thomas experience may also be worn provided all content represents the values and convictions of the University of St Thomas. University departments wishing to provide student members with organization or program recognition stoles or pins to be worn at commencement must seek prior approval from the Commencement Committee. The cost of the stoles and pins will be the responsibility of the department or individual student member. All graduating students are provided a cap as part of their university-issued regalia.

    Stoles, pins and commencement caps are prohibited from including any images, symbols or words that represent/show the following:

    • Profanity, Nudity, Sexual Innuendos, or Rude Comments
    • Alcohol and/or Drug related references
    • Political References
    • Content that advocates drug use, violence, or disruptive behavior that is detrimental to the safety and welfare of other students.
    • Any symbols, words, etc. that represents any group/organizational affiliations external to St Thomas

    Other personal adornments, such as hats, signs, ribbons, or scarves, noise makers, and battery operated, or blinking lights are not acceptable.

    Students who attend commencement with any adornment that does not meet the standards above will be required to remove it in order to participate. No additional caps will be available to replace any caps removed.

    Additionally:

    • Jeans and flip-flops are not acceptable.
    • Wear comfortable shoes with low heels. High heels are not recommended due to safety concerns on the stadium surface. You will be walking a significant distance across artificial turf from the lineup area to your seat.
    • Be Weather Prepared. Come prepared with sunglasses, sunscreen, and/or rain ponchos/raincoats for the outdoor ceremony. Umbrellas are not permitted.
    • Do not leave your valuables unattended. St. Thomas cannot take any responsibility for lost, stolen, or damaged items. 

    What is Prohibited?

    Do not bring items into the stadium or take any action that interferes with the ceremony. Unacceptable behavior includes, but is not limited to:

    • Umbrellas are not permitted in the stadium or field house due to visibility and safety concerns.
    • Picture-taking near or on the stage by the graduates, family members or friends. A professional photographer is hired by the university to provide high quality images as the graduate receives their diploma. Proofs will be sent to you in the week following the ceremony. However, there is no obligation to purchase.
    • The stage is for students only and approved faculty and staff. No children, infants, or guests are allowed on the stage at any time.
    • Balloons, beach balls, and noisemakers are prohibited at all ceremonies.
    • Alcohol is not to be brought to and/or consumed at the ceremony.
    • St. Thomas is a tobacco-free campus and smoking, or vaping, is not permitted.
    • Strollers are not permitted within the stadium or field house due to limited space. There will be a stroller corral where guests can leave strollers outside the southwest entrance of O'Shaughnessy Stadium. Ushers will direct guests to the stroller corral. The corrals will supervised during the ceremony. However, St. Thomas cannot take any responsibility for lost or damaged strollers. 

    Cap and Gown

    Students may pick up their caps and gowns at Grad Fest on Friday, April 29, on the St. Paul Campus. Bring your Student ID to claim your regalia.

    Note: If you are unable to attend Grad Fest, you can pick-up your cap, gown, and tassel(s) any time after Grad Fest at the St. Paul Campus Store in the lower level of Murray-Herrick during store hours.

    How to Wear Your Cap
    The cap should be worn with the mortarboard parallel to the ground. Undergraduate candidates should wear the tassel on the right side. It is moved to the left side at the designated time during the ceremony.

    Tassels on Mortarboard

    Tassels are included with your cap and gown. Additional tassels are available for purchase from the St. Thomas Campus Stores.

    The student’s major(s) determines the tassel color. Colors can be confirmed by contacting Campus Stores.

    Announcements and Diploma Frames

    Graduation Announcements
    The St. Paul Campus Store will be hosting a Grad Fest on April 29. Students may purchase graduation announcements at that time. If they choose, they can order personalized announcements. Make sure to allow 5-7 days for shipping. 

    Diploma Frames
    Diploma frames are available through the St. Paul and Minneapolis Campus Stores.

    General Standards

    General Standards

    In keeping with the significance of the occasion, graduates must wear university-issued academic regalia, including cap and gown. Only University-issued honor cords and medallions are approved for wear during the ceremony. Other personal adornments, such as flower leis, hats, signs, ribbons, or scarves, are not acceptable.

    Stoles, decorated commencement caps and pins that positively represents a student’s St. Thomas experience may also be worn provided all content represents the values and convictions of the University of St Thomas. University departments wishing to provide student members with organization or program recognition stoles or pins to be worn at commencement must seek prior approval from the Commencement Committee. The cost of the stoles and pins will be the responsibility of the department or individual student member. All graduating students are provided a cap as part of their university-issued regalia.

    Stoles, pins and commencement caps are prohibited from including any images, symbols or words that represent/show the following:

    • Profanity, Nudity, Sexual Innuendos, or Rude Comments
    • Alcohol and/or Drug related references
    • Political References
    • Content that advocates drug use, violence, or disruptive behavior that is detrimental to the safety and welfare of other students.
    • Any symbols, words, etc. that represents any group/organizational affiliations external to St Thomas

    Other personal adornments, such as hats, signs, ribbons, or scarves, noise makers, and battery operated, or blinking lights are not acceptable.

    Students who attend commencement with any adornment that does not meet the standards above will be required to remove it in order to participate. No additional caps will be available to replace any caps removed.

    Additionally:

    • Jeans and flip-flops are not acceptable.
    • Wear comfortable shoes with low heels. High heels are not recommended due to safety concerns on the stadium surface. You will be walking a significant distance across artificial turf from the lineup area to your seat.
    • Be Weather Prepared. Come prepared with sunglasses, sunscreen, and/or rain ponchos/raincoats for the outdoor ceremony. Umbrellas are not permitted.
    • Do not leave your valuables unattended. St. Thomas cannot take any responsibility for lost, stolen, or damaged items. 

    What is Prohibited?

    What is Prohibited?

    Do not bring items into the stadium or take any action that interferes with the ceremony. Unacceptable behavior includes, but is not limited to:

    • Umbrellas are not permitted in the stadium or field house due to visibility and safety concerns.
    • Picture-taking near or on the stage by the graduates, family members or friends. A professional photographer is hired by the university to provide high quality images as the graduate receives their diploma. Proofs will be sent to you in the week following the ceremony. However, there is no obligation to purchase.
    • The stage is for students only and approved faculty and staff. No children, infants, or guests are allowed on the stage at any time.
    • Balloons, beach balls, and noisemakers are prohibited at all ceremonies.
    • Alcohol is not to be brought to and/or consumed at the ceremony.
    • St. Thomas is a tobacco-free campus and smoking, or vaping, is not permitted.
    • Strollers are not permitted within the stadium or field house due to limited space. There will be a stroller corral where guests can leave strollers outside the southwest entrance of O'Shaughnessy Stadium. Ushers will direct guests to the stroller corral. The corrals will supervised during the ceremony. However, St. Thomas cannot take any responsibility for lost or damaged strollers. 

    Cap and Gown

    Cap and Gown

    Students may pick up their caps and gowns at Grad Fest on Friday, April 29, on the St. Paul Campus. Bring your Student ID to claim your regalia.

    Note: If you are unable to attend Grad Fest, you can pick-up your cap, gown, and tassel(s) any time after Grad Fest at the St. Paul Campus Store in the lower level of Murray-Herrick during store hours.

    How to Wear Your Cap
    The cap should be worn with the mortarboard parallel to the ground. Undergraduate candidates should wear the tassel on the right side. It is moved to the left side at the designated time during the ceremony.

    Tassels on Mortarboard

    Tassels on Mortarboard

    Tassels are included with your cap and gown. Additional tassels are available for purchase from the St. Thomas Campus Stores.

    The student’s major(s) determines the tassel color. Colors can be confirmed by contacting Campus Stores.

    Announcements and Diploma Frames

    Announcements and Diploma Frames

    Graduation Announcements
    The St. Paul Campus Store will be hosting a Grad Fest on April 29. Students may purchase graduation announcements at that time. If they choose, they can order personalized announcements. Make sure to allow 5-7 days for shipping. 

    Diploma Frames
    Diploma frames are available through the St. Paul and Minneapolis Campus Stores.

    All programs offered by the University of St. Thomas shall be readily accessible to individuals with disabilities. For details, read about accessibility as it relates to commencement, or call (651) 962-6315.