Commencement

SPRING COMMENCEMENT 2020

The College of St. Scholastica holds the health and safety of our campus community as a top priority. We are closely monitoring the situation per the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Based on the most recent recommendations regarding limits to gatherings and to protect the health of our graduates, their families, alumni, and employees, we will not hold this year's on-campus Commencement events scheduled for May 10.

Instead, we are exploring alternative solutions to honor our graduates, whether that means a rescheduled date in the future or an alternative virtual experience. I wanted to get this information to you as soon as possible, so that our graduating Saints and their families, along with our wonderful alumni, can make appropriate plans.

Updates will be posted on this site as available. Please check back regularly.


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APPLY TO GRADUATE & DIPLOMA QUESTIONS

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

GRADUATION MASS

Our Baccalaureate Mass is canceled due to the most recent recommendations regarding limits to gatherings and to protect the health of all. Questions? Contact Campus Ministry at cministry@css.edu.

GRADUATION FAIR

This years Graduation Fair will not take place on campus. Instead, the College is offering the fair as a virtual/online experience. To view the upcoming Virtual Graduation Fair website, go to http://www.css.edu/student-affairs/office-of-the-vice-president/commencement/graduation-fair.html. The Virtual Graduation Fair will open on April 1. You will be notified of the opening of the website via CSS email.

GRADUATION BRUNCH

Due to the recommendations regarding limits to gatherings and to protect the health of all, brunch is canceled. If you already purchased brunch online, you will be fully refunded.

CAP & GOWNS

Each regalia set includes a gown, cap, tassel and stole. The set costs are: Doctorate - $94.95, Master (Graduate) - $52.95, Bachelor (Undergrad) - $49.95. Contact saintsshop@css.edu or call (218) 723-6622 with questions.

At this time, the College has decided it is best to keep all of us safe and to cancel the May 10, 2020 ceremony. Commonly asked questions in regards to returns and refunds, go to Saints Shop.

CEREMONY DETAILS

The College is exploring two options: 1. Postpone the ceremony to a later date. 2. Go virtual for the spring 2020 ceremony. You will receive confirmation within the next two weeks. Contact the Commencement Committee if you have questions at commencement@css.edu.

CELEBRATION RECEPTION

The reception is canceled due to the CDC's recommendations to cancel events where 50 people or more would gather. Contact: Alumni Association, alumni@css.edu; (218) 723-6071.

COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY RSVP

The College is exploring a virtual ceremony option through MarchingOrder. Please continue to RSVP for the ceremony, upload your photo, a personal message and phonetic spelling of your name into your MarchingOrder profile. The Commencement Committee is working tirelessly to make your day as special as possible considering the unfortunate situation we are experiencing. Deadline to RSVP is April 20. Every graduate will receive an email directly from MarchingOrder to fill out a profile (or RSVP). The first email will be sent on February 21. No one will have access to the MarchingOrder website until they receive this email on February 21. If you missed the February 21 deadline, you will be added to MarchingOrder on March 20. Please watch for an email directly from MarchingOrder on March 20.

DEGREE OF GRATITUDE

This is still possible! All students who have applied to graduate for spring 2020 may order up to three Degree of Gratitude certificates. 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 April 20. To order: Degree of Gratitude

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

If you reserved a hotel room for May 7-11 by using one of the College's block of rooms through Holiday Inn or Sheraton, please contact the hotel to cancel your reservation. Holiday Inn & Suites Downtown - (218)722-1202 or Sheraton Duluth Hotel - (888)627-8122. Be sure to mention your cancellation is due to the College of St. Scholastica's spring commencement cancellation on May 10.

PHOTOS

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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. Honors will be determined one 8-week term prior to the Commencement ceremony for display in the Commencement program.

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

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.

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.