Commencement

Graduation Ceremony

FALL COMMENCEMENT

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Noon

Duluth Campus, Reif Gymnasium


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Frequently Asked Questions

APPLY TO GRADUATE (for students graduating fall 2018 or later)

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.eduDEADLINES -  Fall 2018 ceremony: November 9, 2018; Spring 2019 Ceremony: April 5, 2019

We will accept late applications; 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 for Graduation. Application to GraduateView your completed application to graduateBe 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 regarding any needed changes. Contact registrar@css.edu.

CAP AND GOWN ORDERS

The prices are: Doctoral - $94.95, Masters - $52.95, Bachelor's - $49.95. Questions? Contact Saints Shop, saintsshop@css.edu; (218) 723-6622. Order regalia here: Cap & Gown (online orders will be available September 2018)

BACCALAUREATE MASS

Please join us for mass at 9 a.m. located on our gorgeous Duluth campus in Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel. Additional questions? 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/person. All other orders will be accepted at the door the day of brunch on December 15. Contact Commencement Committee for general questions. Click here to place an order: 2018 Fall Brunch (online orders will be available September 2018)

WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY HOOD?

Masters graduates will receive a free keeper hood at check-in and doctoral graduates will be hooded on stage. Compliments of  Student Affairs.

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. Details will be available soon. Doors open at 11 a.m.

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?

Volunteer personnel are happy to assist you with finding accessible accommodations upon arrival.  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 reception immediately following the ceremony, located in Tower Hall, Lake 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 - 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, 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.

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. Contact registrar@css.edu to inquire on your honors status.

NEW - HONORS CORDS (Bachelors 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.