Commencement

Graduation Ceremony

FALL COMMENCEMENT

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Noon

Duluth Campus, Reif Gymnasium


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Frequently Asked Questions

APPLY TO GRADUATE

DEADLINES - fall 2018 graduation: November 9, 18; spring 2019 graduation: April 5, 19

During the application process, you will indicate if you are going to participate in the ceremony. If you want to shift your participation to a different ceremony, you should select the "undecided" radio button and follow up by contacting registrar@css.edu

Late applications accepted however, the graduate's name will not appear in the Commencement Program for any applications submitted after the above listed deadlines. No exceptions. To apply after the listed deadline, you MUST contact registrar@css.edu.

Important Links:

Be advised that you are responsible for the accurate representation of your name and diploma mailing address. The Registrar's office will not alter any of the information provided without direct contact with the student. It is imperative that the student communicate directly with the Registrar's office at registrar@css.edu, regarding any needed changes.

CAP AND GOWN ORDERS

The prices are: Doctoral - $94.95, Masters - $52.95, Bachelor's - $49.95. Deadline to order without incurring late fees is November 2. Contact: Saints Shop, saintsshop@css.edu; (218) 723-6622. Order your cap & gown by following this link: Cap & Gown

BACCALAUREATE MASS

Please join us for mass at 9 a.m,  Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel, Duluth campus. Contact: Campus Ministry, cministry@css.edu; (218) 723-5933

COMMENCEMENT BRUNCH

Join us for our traditional brunch on December 15, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Somers Lounge, located in Somers Hall, Duluth campus.  Deadline for online brunch orders and RSVP's is December 7. Graduates and children 5 & under eat at no cost; otherwise, brunch is $14.50/person. All other orders will be accepted at the door the day of brunch on December 15. Contact Commencement Committee for general questions. Order brunch here: Commencement Brunch

DEGREE OF GRATITUDE

Has there been someone who has gone beyond the call of duty to support you in the pursuit of your degree? Why not send them a Degree of Gratitude as a way of saying, "thanks". Order up to three, FREE printed certificates. Deadline to order is November 27. Order here: Degree of Gratitude

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

The College of St. Scholastica has reserved blocks of rooms for students and their guests traveling to Duluth for Commencement. These rooms are being specially held for two nights on December 14-15, 2018. Simply contact one of the hotels listed below and mention CSS Commencement. The deadline to reserve at the rates below is November 14, 2018.

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, 200 West First Street, Duluth, (218) 722-1202; rate: $159/night

Radisson Hotel Duluth-Harborview, 505 West Superior Street, Duluth, (888) 627-8122; rate: $139-159/night

WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY HOOD?

Master and doctoral hoods are given at check-in the day of the ceremony. Master graduates are hooded at check-in and doctoral graduates will process holding their hood and are hooded on stage.

HOW LONG WILL THE CEREMONY LAST?

The ceremony will last approximately two hours.

HOW MANY TICKETS WILL I RECEIVE FOR GUESTS?

Due to limited space, tickets are required. Each graduate will be given a maximum of five tickets. Please note: All guests without a ticket will be led to the Mitchell Auditorium where the ceremony may be viewed via Live Stream. Doors open at 11 a.m. Each graduate must fill out the RSVP form in order to receive tickets. The deadline to RSVP for tickets is November 9, no exceptions. Follow this link to fill the form out: RSVP

HOW TO INVITE INTERNATIONAL GUESTS

If you would like to send your guests an announcement or an invitation, you may purchase your own online through the Saints Shop to do so. If your guest needs a letter for a VISA to travel into the country, contact: Office of International Programs, oip@css.edu; (218) 625-4490.

ARE THERE ACCESSIBLE ACCOMMODATIONS DURING THE CEREMONY?

Volunteer personnel are happy to assist with accessible accommodations upon arrival. Contact: Commencement Committee, commencement@css.edu; (218) 723-6779.

WHO WILL TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS?

GradImages Photography will take ceremony photographs: a portrait of you before you cross the stage, a photograph of you receiving your diploma cover, and a photograph in front of St. Scholastica's background. You will receive an email message with a proof from the photographer with an option to buy copies within three days after graduation. These photos are available online to view without obligation and may be purchased directly from the photographer.

CELEBRATION RECEPTION

The reception is held immediately after the ceremony in Storm's Den, Tower Hall building. Refreshments will be served and is free to all graduates and guests, compliments of the Alumni Association. Contact: Alumni Association, alumni@css.edu; (218) 723-6071.

WILL I EARN HONORS?

The determination of honors for the commencement program and ceremony occurs one 8-week term prior to the ceremony. If the Registrar determines you qualify for honors, you will be notified by email approximately 6 weeks before the ceremony date.

Undergraduates: A student whose cumulative grade point average is 3.75 or above graduates with highest honors (summa cum laude - blue and gold, double cord). A student whose cumulative grade point average is between 3.50 and 3.75 graduates with honors (cum laude - gold, double cord). A minimum of 48 St. Scholastica credits are required to graduate with highest honors or honors; all 48 must be graded credits, with the exception of credits that, by program policy, are graded on a pass/fail basis, so long as at least 32 credits are graded. 

Graduates: Latin Honors are not awarded to students in Masters and Doctoral level programs.

NEW - HONORS CORDS (Bachelor Graduates only)

If the Registrar determines you qualify for honors, you may purchase your honors cords through the Saints Shop. Contact saintsshop@css.edu for additional information on pricing and availability of honors cords. Honors cords will only be sold to undergraduate students who are on the honors list provided by the Registrar. Rest assured that if you do not qualify for honors by the time noted above for the commencement program and ceremony, but do earn honors with your last graded work, you will receive the appropriate honors designation on your official transcript and diploma. You may also choose to purchase honors cords at that time.

I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS - Who may I email/call?

If you have any questions regarding the commencement ceremony or the schedule day of events, please contact the Commencement Committee, commencement@css.edu; (218) 723-6779.