Commencement

FALL COMMENCEMENT

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Noon

Reif Gymnasium, Duluth Campus


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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

Please join us for our Baccalaureate Mass at 9 a.m,  Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel, Duluth campus. We welcome all graduates and guests of any religious or spiritual tradition to join us for this service of thanksgiving and celebration of your achievements. All graduates who attend will receive an oil lamp as a gift to symbolize the light you are carrying with you into the world. Please RSVP to: www.tinyurl.com/MassCSS.  Questions? Contact Campus Ministry at cministry@css.edu.

GRADUATION BRUNCH

Join us for our traditional brunch on December 14, 2019, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Somers Lounge, located in Somers Hall, Duluth campus. Graduates and children 5 & under are FREE, all others pay $14.10 each. To order: Graduation Brunch

CAP & GOWNS

Each bachelor and master set includes a gown, cap, tassel and stole. Doctorate tassels are sold separately. The total cost is: Doctorate - $87.95, Master (Graduate) - $52.95, Bachelor (Undergrad) - $49.95. Click here to: Order online. Contact saintsshop@css.edu or call (218) 723-6622 with questions.

  • You may choose to have your order shipped to you for $15.95 or to pick it up at the Saints Shop on or after Monday, December 9 at no additional cost.
  • The deadline to order for the pickup option is 10:59 pm CST on Monday, November 4.
  • The deadline to order for the home ship option is 10:59 pm CST on Sunday, November 17.
  • Late fees will apply if you miss your deadline.
  • Announcements, Thank You Notes, Class Rings, Jewelry and Diploma Frames are available to order online.

CEREMONY DETAILS

How long will the ceremony last? The ceremony will be approximately two hours. Are there any tickets for guests?  Yes, each graduate will be given four tickets for guests. When and where should I arrive? Graduates should arrive by 11 am; check-in is in the Burns Wellness Center field house. Doors open at 11 am. Are there accessible accommodations during the ceremony? Yes. Commencement Volunteers are happy to assist with accessible accommodations upon arrival. Contact the Commencement Committee if you have questions at commencement@css.edu.

CELEBRATION RECEPTION

The reception is held immediately after the ceremony in the Lake Superior Ballroom, DECC. The reception is free to all guests and graduates. Refreshments will be served; compliments of the Alumni Association. Contact: Alumni Association, alumni@css.edu; (218) 723-6071.

COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY RSVP

The College uses MarchingOrder to make the ceremonies a better experience by displaying names on the jumbo screen, offering phonetic spelling, name pronunciation, custom made name cards and much more. Every graduate who plans to attend the ceremony, is required to RSVP through a website called "MarchingOrder". Those who do not RSVP through MarchingOrder, will not have their name displayed on the jumbo screen and will not have a custom made name card. If you have applied to graduate, you will receive an email directly from MarchingOrder by the end of September. If you have questions, email commencement@css.edu

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. To order: https://forms.gle/XVrLdnjnSijQevFg9

DOCTORATE & MASTER HOODS

Doctorate and master 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 to be hooded on stage.

GUEST TICKETS

Due to limited space in the Reif gymnasium, each graduate will be given up to four guest tickets. There are no extra tickets to be given. Additional guests may view the ceremony via Live Stream from the Mitchell Auditorium located on the Duluth campus. To order tickets, you must be a graduating student. Order here: https://forms.gle/v88dMZ4zPn26E2GX8

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

Holiday Inn & Suites Downtown, 200 West First Street, Duluth, MN 55802; call 218-722-1202 with the group code: CSS to reserve your room(s) or reserve online: College of St. Scholastica Commencement

Sheraton Duluth Hotel, 301 E. Superior Street, Duluth, MN, 55802; call 888-627-8122 to reserve your room(s) and mention College of St. Scholastica Commencement December 2019.

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: Invitation Letter Request Form. If you have additional questions, contact Office of International Programs, oip@css.edu; (218) 625-4490.

PHOTOS

Grad Images will take photos before, during and after the ceremony.Photographer

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.

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.