Commencement

Graduation Ceremony

FALL COMMENCEMENT

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Noon

Burns Wellness Commons, Reif Gymnasium


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Frequently Asked Questions

APPLICATIONS TO GRADUATE:  FALL

All graduates who want their name to appear in the Fall Commencement Program, must complete an Application to Graduate by 4 p.m. on Friday, November 10. There will be no exceptions to this deadline.

Follow the appropriate link below to apply:

Undergrad

Graduate/Doctoral

Certificate

If you are not sure you completed an application to graduate, do not reapply. Instead, contact OneStop to check your application status; general questions can also be directed to OneStop@css.edu.

APPLICATIONS TO GRADUATE:  SPRING

Traditional Undergraduate Students: The deadline to apply for spring 2018 is September 29, 2017.

Graduate, Extended and Online Students: The deadline to apply for spring 2018 is January 31, 2018.

Follow the appropriate link below to apply:

Undergrad

Graduate/Doctoral

Certificate

If you are unsure you completed an application to graduate, do not reapply. Instead, contact OneStop to check your application status; general questions can also be directed to OneStop@css.edu.

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, December 15 & 16. Simply contact one of the hotels listed below. The deadline to reserve rooms at the rates below is November 15, 17.

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites ($159 + tax/night) - 200 West First Street, Duluth, MN 55802.

Radisson Hotel Duluth-Harborview ($121-151/night) - 505 West Superior Street, Duluth, MN 55082.

  • Call (218) 727-8981 or (800) 333-3333 and provide group name: College of St. Scholastica Fall 2017, or code; 1712CSSDEC.

BACCALAUREATE MASS

Please join us for mass at 9 a.m. located on our gorgeous Duluth campus in the Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel. Additional questions? Contact Campus Ministry, cministry@css.edu; (218) 723-5933

COMMENCEMENT BRUNCH

Join us for our traditional Graduation Brunch on December 16, 2017 from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m (Free for Graduates.) Brunch will be held on our beautiful Duluth campus, in Somers Lounge, located in Somers Hall.  Deadline for online brunch orders is December 11.

All other orders will be accepted at the door the day of brunch on December 16.

Additional questions? Contact Commencement Committee, commencement@css.edu; (218) 723-6779.

Follow this link to order: Brunch

DEGREE OF GRATITUDE CERTIFICATES - Would you like additional thank you cards? Purchase them online or at the Saints Shop.

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 certificate as a way of saying, "thanks"? Order up to three, FREE printed certificates. The limit is ONLY three. Order yours today!

Deadline for all orders is December 1.

Follow this link to order: Degree of Gratitude

HOW DO I ORDER MY CAP AND GOWN?

Cap and gowns are available for purchase online. Questions? Contact Saints Shop, saintsshop@css.edu; (218) 723-6622.  NEW order deadline: Order your regalia by November 9 or you may be subject to pay shipping costs. Limited sizes are available to purchase. If your size is not available, an additional fee of $25 will be added to cover expedited shopping costs. Prices are as follows (each set includes: cap, gown, stole, and tassel):

WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY HOOD?

Masters graduates will receive a hood at check-in and doctoral graduates will be hooded on stage. Hoods are provided by Student Affairs free of charge.

HOW LONG WILL THE CEREMONY LAST?

The ceremony will last approximately two hours.

HOW MANY TICKETS WILL I RECEIVE FOR GUESTS? -Space will be tight!

This fall's graduating class is one of the largest from recent years. We want all family members to celebrate with you however, please be aware that space is limited. We ask that you are conservative with the number of invited guests. We will have an overflow site available in the event that the ceremony is full.

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 the Office of International Programs, oip@css.edu; (218) 625-4490.

ARE THERE ACCESSIBLE ACCOMMODATIONS DURING THE CEREMONY?

Commencement volunteers are happy to assist you with finding accessible accommodations upon arrival at the Reif gymnasium. Volunteers will be stationed at every door. Please click on the campus map, for the best accessible routes. Additional questions? Contact the Commencement Committee, commencement@css.edu; (218) 723-6779.

WHO WILL TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS?

A professional photographer from Lifetouch Photography will take two photographs: a portrait of you before you cross the stage and a photograph of you receiving your diploma cover from President Geary. You will receive an email message with a proof from the photographer with an option to buy copies within two weeks after graduation. These photos are available online to view without obligation and may be purchased directly from the photographer.

ALUMNI RECEPTION

All Graduates and guests are invited to the CSS Alumni Reception immediately following the ceremony, located on our beautiful Duluth campus, in Storm's Den. The reception is free to all graduates and guests, compliments of the Alumni Association. Refreshments will be served. For additional questions, contact Alumni Association, alumni@css.edu; (218) 723-6071.

WILL I EARN HONORS?

Undergraduates: A student whose cumulative grade point average is 3.75 or above graduates with highest honors (summa cum laude). A student whose cumulative grade point average is between 3.50 and 3.75 graduates with honors (cum laude). 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, by program policy, are graded on a pass/fail basis, so long as at least 32 credits are graded. A Dean's list of full-time students achieving a 3.75 grade point average is published each semester.

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

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.