Commencement

Graduation Ceremony

FALL COMMENCEMENT

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Noon

Duluth Campus, Reif Gymnasium


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Frequently Asked Questions

GRADUATE PROCEDURES

CAMPUS SHUTTLE

As a service to you and your guests, there are two 6 passenger vans that will run to and from parking lots #5 & #7. The shuttle picks up and drops off from parking lots #5 & #7, Somers Lounge (brunch location) and the Reif gymnasium (ceremony location). It will run every 15 minutes from 10 am - noon and from 2 pm - 3 pm.

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.

MARCHING ORDER REGISTISTRATION

Registering to attend the ceremony is very important, so you are placed in the appropriate line up order according to your degree. If you are registered before the deadline, you will have a custom made name card, your name will be displayed on the jumbo screens while you are crossing the stage, and you are given a choice to upload a photo with a message for the pre-ceremony slideshow. Registration deadline was November 28. *Past deadline*

APPLY TO GRADUATE & DIPLOMA QUESTIONS

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

BACCALAUREATE MASS

Please join us for mass at 9 a.m,  Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel, Duluth campus. Mass is for all students of any choice of religious affiliation. All participants receive a free lamp. 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 was December 7. *Past deadline* Graduates and children 5 & under are FREE, all others pay $14.50 each. Brunch may be purchased at the door on December 15.

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. Deadline was November 27. *Past deadline*

WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY HOOD?

Master and doctorate hoods are given at check-in the day of the ceremony. Master graduates are hooded at check-in and doctorate graduates will process holding their hood and are hooded on stage.

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 for entry. NOTE: We are sorry to announce, there will not be any extra tickets left to give out. Please be sure to print your tickets that are attached to the email confirmation sent to you from Eventbrite. Instructions to print: 1) Open the invitation email from Eventbrite sent to your CSS email address.
2) Click on the "attend event" button and it will link you to the Eventbrite website.
3) Click on the "register" button.
4) Click on the drop down arrow to choose the number of tickets you reserved.
5) Click on the "checkout" button.
6) Fill in your information and click on "complete registration".
7) You will then be sent an email confirmation from Eventbrite with a PDF attachment. The PDF
attachment are your tickets. Print all reserved tickets out by clicking on the attachment.

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, click here to fill out the form: Invitaiton Letter Request Form. If you have additional questions, contact Office of International Programs, oip@css.edu; (218) 625-4490.

ARE THERE ACCESSIBLE ACCOMMODATIONS DURING THE CEREMONY?

Volunteer personnel are happy to assist with accessible accommodations upon arrival. Contact: Commencement Committee, commencement@css.edu; (218) 723-6779.

WHO WILL TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS?

Lifetouch Photography will take ceremony photographs: a portrait of you before you cross the stage and a photo of you receiving your diploma cover. 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.

CELEBRATION RECEPTION

The reception is held immediately after the ceremony in Storm's Den, Tower Hall building. Refreshments will be served and is free to all graduates and guests, compliments of the Alumni Association. Contact: Alumni Association, alumni@css.edu; (218) 723-6071.

WILL I EARN HONORS?

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.

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 that, 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.

NEW - 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.

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.