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FALL VIRTUAL COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY

Saturday, December 19, 2020 at Noon


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FALL VIRTUAL COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY ANNOUNCEMENT

December's commencement ceremony goes VIRTUAL on December 19, 2020 at noon! The College of St. Scholastica is using MarchingOrder software for this virtual celebration. All spring, summer and fall 2020 graduating students will be included and are invited to return for the in-person ceremony in the spring. See "Ceremony Details" below for more information.

APPLY TO GRADUATE & DIPLOMA QUESTIONS

If you have any questions in regards to the application to graduate, see Registrar's website: Registrar

ACADEMIC HOODS (Master and Doctoral Graduates Only)

Fall 2020 master and doctorate graduates will be mailed their academic hood to the mailing address on file. Academic hoods will be mailed by November 20. Note: All spring 2020 academic hoods were mailed last June. If you did not receive yours, please email commencement@css.edu.

Don't forget to bring your hood with you to the in-person Spring Commencement Ceremony on May 15, 2021. All 2020 graduates are invited to return to Duluth to celebrate your accomplishments in person. But, don't forget your hood. You will not receive another hood if it is lost or forgotten. Master graduates are hooded at check-in and doctorate graduates will process holding their hood to be hooded on stage.

CAP & GOWN OPTIONS

Bachelor, Master & Doctorate Regalia Sets can be ordered online. The deadline to order is November 20, 2020. Orders will be shipped within 3 weeks after you place your order. The shipping charge is $15.95. If you miss the online order deadline, a LIMITED SUPPLY of sizes are available at the Saints Shop. Please email saintsshop@css.edu to see if your size is available. If we have your size, you can choose to pick it up in the store or have it shipped.

  • Bachelor set include: Cap, Gown, Tassel & Stole. $49.95
  • Master set include: Cap, Gown, Tassel & Stole. $52.95
  • Doctorate set include: Tam, Gown & Stole. $87.95
  • Doctorate Tassels are sold separately: choose PT or NP. $7.95

"Ala Carte" Accessories
If you would like to purchase individual pieces of regalia, either visit the Saints Shop or order online.

  • Bachelor & Master Caps: $6.95
  • Doctorate Tams: $34.95
  • Tassels: $7.95
  • Stoles: $18.00

NEW FOR FALL 2020! We have created new accessories kits for those who don't need a gown. You can purchase these kits exclusively in the Saints Shop or online. Choose from:

  • Basic Bachelor or Master Kit include: a cap, tassel, and stole. Reg. $32.90. Kit Price: $26.95
  • Basic Doctorate Kit include: a tam, tassel and stole. Reg. $60.90. Kit Price: $48.95
  • Basic+ Bachelor or Master Kit include: Basic Kit plus one package of 10 Classic Graduation Announcements. Reg. $54.85. Kit Price: $39.95
  • Basic+ Doctorate Kit include: Basic Kit plus one package of 10 Classic Graduation Announcements. Reg. $82.90 Kit Price: $66.95

Cap Decorating Contest
Spring and Fall 2020 Graduates are invited to enter our 2nd Cap Decorating Contest! For contest details and to enter the contest, go to Decorate Your Cap.

Diploma Frames
A beautiful selection of diploma frames is available for purchase at shop.css.edu. Check them out here.

CEREMONY FAQ's

Will there still be a face to face ceremony in the spring? Yes. The spring commencement ceremony is planned for May 15, 2021 at the Amsoil Arena, Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. I am a Class of 2020 graduate, may I attend the spring ceremony in person? Yes. All 2020 graduating students are invited to attend the spring ceremony. Will there be a printed (a hard copy) ceremony program? No printed programs will be available. There will be an electronic form of the program available on December 19. In addition, each graduate will be given a customized slide and may download it for a keepsake. Where do I purchase my latin honor cord (summa cum laude, cum laude, magna cum laude)? Latin honor cords are free of charge. Once Registrar has determined you have earned latin honors, the Commencement Committee will send your cord to the mailing address on file for you.

Fall Virtual Ceremony Details: By using MarchingOrder, CSS may provide graduates the individual and personalized recognition they deserve. Graduating students are given a personalized slide to celebrate their special day. Each slide may include the graduating students name, pronunciation, degree, a photo, and a personalized message. Each graduating student of spring, summer and fall 2020 will receive an email by November 2 directly from MarchingOrder to complete their personalized slide.

COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY RSVP

The College of St. Scholastica uses MarchingOrder for their ceremonies. The MarchingOrder website will be open by November 2. At that time, each graduating student will receive an email directly from MarchingOrder. Each student must complete their registration in order to have a personalized slide for the fall virtual ceremony. Please note the deadlines: 1) If you would like to pre-record the pronunciation of your name, you must do so by November 22 at 12 pm CST. 2) If you would like to include a personal message and/or a photo, you must do so by December 5 at 11:59 pm CST.

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. The deadline to order is December 5 at 11:59 pm CST. Click here to order your certificates.

WILL I EARN HONORS?

Undergraduates: A student whose cumulative grade point average is 3.90 or above graduates with highest honors (summa cum laude - blue and gold, double cord). A student whose cumulative grade point average is between 3.70 and 3.90 graduates with great honors (magna cum laude - blue, double cord). A student whose cumulative grade point average is between 3.50 and 3.70 graduates with honors (cum laude - gold, double cord). A minimum of 48 St. Scholastica credits are required to graduate with highest honors, with great honors or with honors; all 48 must be graded credits. 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.

HONORS CORDS (Undergraduates only)

Honors will be determined one 8-week term prior to the commencement ceremony. If the Registrar determines you qualify for honors, you will recieve an email directly from the Registrar's office. Once Registrar has determined you have earned latin honors, the Commencement Committee will send your cord to the mailing address on file for you.

VETERANS CORDS

Those who have served in the US military are gifted with a red, white, and blue honor cords to wear at commencement. Contact Jessica Johnston at jjohnsto@css.edu for more information.