Graduate looking forward.

Undergraduate Commencement

St. Thomas is excited to announce the return of in-person commencement ceremonies to celebrate the graduates of 2021!

The University will host three undergraduate commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 22, 2021. See Commencement Ceremonies below for ceremony times assigned by program of study.

Graduates who participate in person will be allowed to bring up to four guests. There is no age limit on guests, so babies, toddlers and children count as guests. 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 will also 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 was Monday, April 26, 2021.
  • All students who completed the graduation application and indicated they will participate in commencement in person or virtually will automatically have their cap and gown ordered. There is no cost for regalia.
    • Graduates participating in in-person commencement can pick up their cap and gown at Grad Fest, part of Senior Days.
    • Graduates participating in commencement virtually from home will be mailed their cap and gown.

COVID-19 Safety Precautions: All events will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines and requirements. Face coverings are still required for all participants and guests. We will update this site if things change. We encourage attendees to social distance with others outside your household. Read the safety and health protocols required for all commencement attendees (graduates and guests, along with faculty and staff).

As new details are finalized, we will continue to provide updates on this website. Graduates will also receive information via email.
(This page updated on 5/14/21.)

Commencement Ceremonies

On Saturday, May 22, 2021, 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 22
  • 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 22
  • 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 22
  • 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 22

    College of Arts and Sciences

    Majors represented:

    • Biochemistry
    • Biology
    • Biology of Global Health
    • Data Analytics
    • Catholic Studies
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science
    • English
    • English – Creative Writing
    • English – Professional Writing
    • Environmental Studies
    • Family Studies
    • French
    • History
    • Individualized
    • Intl Studies - Economics
    • Intl Studies - History
    • Intl Studies – Political Science
    • Justice & Peace - Leadership Social Justice
    • Justice & Peace Studies
    • Music
    • Music - Business
    • Music - Liturgical Music
    • Music - Performance
    • Neuroscience
    • Physics
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Sociology
    • Criminal Justice
    • Spanish Cultural/Literary St.
    • Spanish Linguistics/Lang. St.
    • Statistics
    • Theology

    1 p.m. on Saturday, May 22

    Opus College of Business

    5 p.m. on Saturday, May 22

    School of Education

    School of Engineering

    Morrison Family College of Health

    School of Social Work

    College of Arts and Sciences

    Majors represented:

    • Actuarial Science
    • Communication and Journalism
    • COJO Creative Multimedia
    • COJO Journalism
    • COJO Persuasion/Social Influence
    • COJO Strategic Communications
    • Digital Media Arts
    • Economics
    • Economics - Business
    • Economics - International
    • Economics - Mathematical
    • Economics - Public Policy
    • Environmental Science (Biology)
    • Environmental Science (Geoscience)
    • Geology
    • Geography - Geo Info Sys (GIS)
    • Mathematics (Applied Track)
    • Mathematics (Education Track)
    • Mathematics (Pure Track)
    • Strategic Communication
    • Philosophy

    9 a.m. on Saturday, May 22

    9 a.m. on Saturday, May 22

    College of Arts and Sciences

    Majors represented:

    • Biochemistry
    • Biology
    • Biology of Global Health
    • Data Analytics
    • Catholic Studies
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science
    • English
    • English – Creative Writing
    • English – Professional Writing
    • Environmental Studies
    • Family Studies
    • French
    • History
    • Individualized
    • Intl Studies - Economics
    • Intl Studies - History
    • Intl Studies – Political Science
    • Justice & Peace - Leadership Social Justice
    • Justice & Peace Studies
    • Music
    • Music - Business
    • Music - Liturgical Music
    • Music - Performance
    • Neuroscience
    • Physics
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Sociology
    • Criminal Justice
    • Spanish Cultural/Literary St.
    • Spanish Linguistics/Lang. St.
    • Statistics
    • Theology

    1 p.m. on Saturday, May 22

    1 p.m. on Saturday, May 22

    Opus College of Business

    5 p.m. on Saturday, May 22

    5 p.m. on Saturday, May 22

    School of Education

    School of Engineering

    Morrison Family College of Health

    School of Social Work

    College of Arts and Sciences

    Majors represented:

    • Actuarial Science
    • Communication and Journalism
    • COJO Creative Multimedia
    • COJO Journalism
    • COJO Persuasion/Social Influence
    • COJO Strategic Communications
    • Digital Media Arts
    • Economics
    • Economics - Business
    • Economics - International
    • Economics - Mathematical
    • Economics - Public Policy
    • Environmental Science (Biology)
    • Environmental Science (Geoscience)
    • Geology
    • Geography - Geo Info Sys (GIS)
    • Mathematics (Applied Track)
    • Mathematics (Education Track)
    • Mathematics (Pure Track)
    • Strategic Communication
    • Philosophy

    Ceremony Details

    We are hosting multiple smaller and shorter ceremonies with up to four guests per graduate. Each ceremony will be approximately 60 minutes. Ceremonies will be also 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 can then proceed to the stadium to be seated.  

    Graduates who participate in person will be allowed to bring up to four guests.

    Graduates who choose to participate virtually will be recognized during the ceremony. Virtual participants will not be allowed in-person guests.

    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 within our Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex. In order to maintain safety protocols, only our graduates for each ceremony will be invited into the Field House. No guests will be allowed and there will be no viewing locations available on campus.

    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. 1:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
    Doors Open 8:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. 4:30 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, medallions, and pins are approved for wear during the ceremony. Other personal adornments, such as flower leis, hats, signs, ribbons, or scarves, are not acceptable.

    • 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 participating in person may pick up their cap and gown at Grad Fest on April 30 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. Students who will not attend a ceremony in person will have their regalia shipped to the address provided on the graduation application.

    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.

    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 determines the tassel color:

    • Arts and Letters: White
    • Business: Spice
    • Catholic Studies: White
    • Economics: Copper
    • Education: Light Blue
    • Engineering: Orange
    • Fine Arts: Brown
    • Humanities: White
    • Journalism: Crimson
    • Music: Pink
    • Philosophy: Dark Blue
    • Physical Education: Sage Green
    • Public Health: Salmon Pink
    • Science: Golden Yellow
    • Social Work: Citron
    • Theology, Peace and Justice: Scarlet

    Announcements and Diploma Frames

    Graduation Announcements
    The St. Paul Campus Store will be hosting a Grad Fest on April 30. Students may purchase graduation announcements at this time. If they choose, they can order personalized announcements here. 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, medallions, and pins are approved for wear during the ceremony. Other personal adornments, such as flower leis, hats, signs, ribbons, or scarves, are not acceptable.

    • 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 participating in person may pick up their cap and gown at Grad Fest on April 30 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. Students who will not attend a ceremony in person will have their regalia shipped to the address provided on the graduation application.

    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.

    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 determines the tassel color:

    • Arts and Letters: White
    • Business: Spice
    • Catholic Studies: White
    • Economics: Copper
    • Education: Light Blue
    • Engineering: Orange
    • Fine Arts: Brown
    • Humanities: White
    • Journalism: Crimson
    • Music: Pink
    • Philosophy: Dark Blue
    • Physical Education: Sage Green
    • Public Health: Salmon Pink
    • Science: Golden Yellow
    • Social Work: Citron
    • Theology, Peace and Justice: Scarlet

    Announcements and Diploma Frames

    Announcements and Diploma Frames

    Graduation Announcements
    The St. Paul Campus Store will be hosting a Grad Fest on April 30. Students may purchase graduation announcements at this time. If they choose, they can order personalized announcements here. 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.