Commencement

Graduation Ceremony

SPRING COMMENCEMENT

Saturday, May 12, 2018

2 p.m.

DECC, Amsoil Arena


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CAP AND GOWN ORDERS

Beginning April 6, the prices are: Doctoral - $104.95, Masters - $62.95, Bachelor's - $59.95. Questions? Contact Saints Shop, saintsshop@css.edu; (218) 723-6622. Order regalia here: Cap & Gown

BACCALAUREATE MASS

Please join us for mass at 9:30 a.m. located on our gorgeous Duluth campus in the Mitchell Auditorium. Additional questions? Contact Campus Ministry, cministry@css.edu; (218) 723-5933

COMMENCEMENT BRUNCH

Join us for our traditional Graduation Brunch on May 12, 10:30 a.m. - noon, Greenview Dining Room, located in Somers Hall, Duluth campus.  Deadline for online brunch orders and RSVP's is May 8. 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 May 12. Contact Commencement Committee for general questions.

Click here to place an order: 2018 Spring 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 certificate as a way of saying, "thanks". Order up to three, FREE printed certificates. Ordering additional certificates IS NOT an option. Deadline for Degree of Gratitude submission is April 27. Order here: Degree of Gratitude

SHUTTLE SERVICES

Complimentary commencement shuttle services leave from St. Scholastica, Duluth Campus from noon - 2 p.m. and return to campus from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. The shuttle is located on campus at lot #7 (near Somers Hall) and at the DECC's Harbor Drive, entrance F. Shuttle services will run every 15 minutes.

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 & a half hours.

HOW MANY TICKETS WILL I RECEIVE FOR GUESTS?

The DECC Amsoil Arena has plenty of seating, no tickets required. Doors open at noon.

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?

The DECC personnel are happy to assist you with finding accessible accommodations upon arrival at the arena.  Additional questions? Contact the Commencement Committee, commencement@css.edu; (218) 723-6779. Accessible Map

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 Graduation Reception immediately following the ceremony, located at the DECC, Lake Superior Ballroom. The reception is free to all graduates and guests, compliments of the Alumni Engagement. Refreshments will be served. For additional questions, contact Alumni Engagement, 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 8-10 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.

APPLY TO GRADUATE

All students planning to graduate must complete an application to graduate. The deadline to apply in order for a graduate's name to be included in the commencement program is listed as the last date of application availability below. There are no exceptions to the deadline.

Application Availability (SEE the end of this web page for fall 2018 & spring 2019) Spring 2018 & Summer 2018 -- All graduates who want their name to appear in the printed spring 2018 commencement program must complete an Application to Graduate by Friday, April 6. Exceptions to this deadline will not be made.

Application Availability: Fall 2018 Ceremony: Now - November 9, 2018; Spring 2019 Ceremony: May 13, 2018 - April 5, 2019; Registrar recommendations: Undergraduate students should apply one year prior to intended graduation. Graduate, extended, or online students should apply one semester prior to intended graduation. Click here to Apply to Graduate for fall 2018. 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.

View Your Completed Application to Graduate

Late applications are 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 deadlines above, you must contact registrar@css.edu. Not sure if you already applied? Please do not reapply, contact the Registrar office at registrar@css.edu to check your application status or for general questions.

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.