Commencement

Graduates at Commencement

Spring Commencement 

Saturday, May 14, 2016
2:00 p.m. 
Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center-Amsoil Arena

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Frequently Asked Questions

STUDENT INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMMENCEMENT DAY!

This is it!  Commencement is only 5 days away! 

Please click here for a schedule of the day's events:  Day's Events

Please click here for Student Procedures. This link will guide you through what to do when you arrive at the DECC.   Then, read through the information below for more information!

Click here for a live video stream: Spring Commencement 2016

HOW DO I APPLY TO GRADUATE?

The deadline for application to graduate has passed. If you have any questions regarding the application process, please call the Registrar's Office at: 218-723-5938.

DO YOU RECOMMEND ANY LOCAL HOTELS?

There are many hotel options available in Duluth. Several local hotels have offered reduced rates for graduates and their guests, on May 13 and May 14, 2016. Please click here to review options. Updates will be added to this list as they become available. 

ARE THERE BACCALAUREATE SERVICES?

A traditional Catholic Mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, May 14, prior to the Commencement Ceremony.  All graduates and their guests are welcome to attend.  The Mass will be held in the College of St. Scholastica's Mitchell Auditorium.  Shuttles will be available after the service to transport guests to the Commencement Ceremony.

COMMENCEMENT BRUNCH

Join us for our traditional Graduation Brunch on May 14, 2016 from 10:00 am -11:30 am (Free for Graduates.) Brunch will be held on our beautiful Duluth campus, in the Greenview Dining Room, located in Somers Hall. If you would like to invite guests, the cost is $12.50 per guest, with children ages 5 and under free. Reservation deadline is May 2, 2016. All tickets are will-call, and available at the door when you check-in for the brunch. If you missed the deadline for ordering tickets, you may still purchase tickets at the door.

HOW DO I ORDER MY CAP AND GOWN?

The deadline for ordering regalia has now passed.  If you need to order regalia for the May 14 ceremony, please call the Saints Shop immediately at  218-723-6622, for assistance.

WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY HOOD?

Masters graduates will receive a hood at check-in and doctoral graduates will be hooded on stage.

HOW WILL I KNOW WHAT TO DO AT THE CEREMONY?

Please read the  Student Procedures prior to commencement day. An email will be sent out Friday, May 5th with commencement day instructions and procedures. Volunteers will be available on the day of the ceremony to answer questions and to help you find your spot in the procession. Graduates, please enter the DECC via Entrance A (Pioneer Hall/Curling Club) and check-in upon arrival in the Pioneer Hall by 1 p.m. The procession begins promptly at 1:45 p.m. The stage procession is as follows: baccalaureate, masters (hooded prior to ceremony), and doctoral (hooded on stage).

HOW LONG WILL THE CEREMONY LAST?

The ceremony lasts approximately two and one-half hours.

ALUMNI RECEPTION

All Graduates and guests are invited to the CSS Alumni Reception immediately following the ceremony, in the Lake Superior Ballroom. The reception is free to all graduates and guests, courtesy of the Alumni Association. Refreshments will be served.

HOW MANY TICKETS WILL I RECEIVE FOR GUESTS?

Tickets are not required due to the abundance of seating at the Amsoil Arena (see the link for the DECC Map at the top of the page. Doors open at 12:00. Please direct your guests to enter via the skywalk or entrances B, C, D, and E.

ARE THERE ACCESSIBLE ACCOMMODATIONS DURING THE CEREMONY?

Commencement volunteers and DECC Guest Services staff members are happy to assist you with finding accessible accommodations upon arrival at the Amsoil Arena. Volunteers will be stationed at every door. Please click on the DECC Map, for the best accessible routes. If parking in the ramp, the easiest access is from level 3, across the sky walk, to the lobby, and then into the Amsoil Arena concourse. There are also accessible parking spaces in the main surface lot (Entrance E or D). For additional questions, please contact the commencement committee at commencement@css.edu or (218) 723-6779.

WILL THERE BE A SHUTTLE SERVICE?

Yes, the College has arranged a shuttle service to provide transportation to faculty, graduates, and their guests from The College of St. Scholastica's Duluth campus to the Amsoil Arena. School buses will run every 15 minutes, departing from Lot #7 next to Somers Main Lounge (along Benedictine Circle) from noon until 2 p.m. CSS Parking is available in Lots 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, and 13. Return shuttle service will begin at 4:30 p.m. and end at 6 p.m. The DECC shuttle pick up/drop off location will be located on Harbor Drive at Entrance F (behind the DECC Arena and Symphony Hall).

WHERE DO MY GUESTS PARK?

Guests can enter the Amsoil Arena parking lot and ramps either from Railroad Street or along Harbor Drive. The Amsoil Arena charges a $5 parking fee. In addition, graduates and their guests should plan for traffic delays and the possibility of walking a long distance. Please refer to the DECC maps for directions. Guests are free to park in The College of St. Scholastica Lots 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, and 13.

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 Goodwin. 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.

I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS - WHO CAN I CALL?

If you have any questions regarding the commencement ceremony or the day's events, please contact the Commencement Committee at 218-723-6779, or Commencement@css.edu.