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The College of St. Scholastica

This page includes information you need to prepare and apply for graduation, commencement details, deadlines, guest information and degree status.

Fall Commencement

St. Scholastica will celebrate our graduating students on campus this fall. The logistics will be shared by October.

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • TBD, MarchingOrder RSVP’s are due
  • TBD, Cap and Gown orders are due
  • TBD, Degree of Gratitude Certificate orders are due
  • TBD, Brunch RSVP’s are due
  • TBD, Online flower orders are due

Ceremony Information

In-Person Celebration

The in-person celebration will be a non-traditional ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 17, with available guest seating. The graduation procession will be live-streamed.

The schedule of events will include:

  • Brunch
  • Mass
  • Graduation procession

Graduation Procession Details

There will be several stops during the procession. Check in and receive your custom made name card. Meet faculty and staff. Visit the alumni table for a complimentary bag and an alumni pin. Cross the stage and receive your diploma cover. Professional photo stops will be available to take your photo during those memorable moments.

Check-in

Graduating students will check in for the Graduation Procession at the allotted time slot provided. View time slot information in the FAQ section. Each graduate may bring unlimited guests. Guest RSVPs are not required.

RSVP’s Required

All graduating students are required to complete their MarchingOrder (MO) RSVP profile regardless of whether they plan to attend the in-person ceremony or not. If they do plan to attend the in-person ceremony and do not complete their MO RSVP, they will not be allowed to enter into the Graduation Procession. All students who have applied to graduate will be sent an email directly from MO in February. All emails go to their CSS email address only.

Virtual Celebration

The College uses software called MarchingOrder to implement the virtual ceremony and the Graduation Procession (in-person celebration). The virtual ceremony will provide our graduating students with individual and personalized recognition they deserve. MarchingOrder collects each graduating student’s name for the printed and electronic program, so it is important that each student completes their profile.

In addition to a letter from President McDonald, the virtual site includes: a ceremony recording, a slide for each graduating student, the spring 2022 electronic program, and a live social media feed. Graduates may choose to personalize their slide by adding a personal message and by uploading a photo. In order to do so, each graduate must log in to their MarchingOrder site. Each graduating student will receive an email directly sent by MarchingOrder asking them to complete their registration. It is currently available to preview. Note: The virtual site will be made available on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2 p.m. CST.

RSVPs Required

All graduating students, regardless of whether they plan to attend the in-person and/or the virtual ceremony are required to RSVP. It is important that each student completes their MarchingOrder profile by checking their name spelling, choosing the name they want to be announced as (this is the name that will appear on their name card and personalized slide), key in a personal message, upload a photo and provide a phonetic spelling and/or a recording of their name pronunciation. The MarchingOrder RSVPs are due by April 18, 11:59 p.m. CST.

Photography by Grad Images

St. Scholastica has partnered with GRADIMAGES to take photos of you during the Grad Walk and when you cross the stage. Pre-register for your ceremony photos and get 20% off. Visit GRADIMAGES to pre-register today!

Application to Graduate

In order to be awarded a degree or certificate, students must complete an application to graduate. Visit my.css.edu and search on “graduation application” for more information.

Commencement Mass

Graduates, please join us for our Commencement Mass on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 9 a.m., at the Mitchell Auditorium. We welcome all graduating students of any religious or spiritual tradition to join us for this Mass of thanksgiving and celebration of your achievements. Graduates who attend will receive an oil lamp as a gift to symbolize the light you are carrying with you into the world.

RSVP to Attend Mass

All graduating students are asked to RSVP by May 5. Questions? Contact Campus Ministry.

Brunch

Join us for our traditional graduation brunch on Saturday, Dec. 17, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Greenview Dining Room on our Duluth Kenwood campus. Graduates and children five and under are free, all others are $15 each. Deadline to order online is Friday, May 6.

Order Brunch

If you happen to miss the online ordering option, sales will be available at the door the day of the event.

Menu

  • Fresh fruit
  • Breakfast pastries/desserts
  • French toast
  • O’Brien Potatoes
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Ham and cheese omelets
  • Sausage links
  • Pit ham
  • Herbed salmon
  • Fried ravioli with marinara sauce
  • Coffee, juices and milk

Degree Status and Diploma Questions

Degrees will be awarded after all final grades are processed and all degree requirements are met. Track your progress to degree completion by logging in to your Degree Works worksheet. Contact your assigned academic advisor with any questions on your degree progress. Undergraduate students pursuing a minor should discuss their progress with their advisor and direct all questions to the academic department chair of that minor. Diplomas will be mailed to the address provided on the application to graduate. All graduates must report address changes to the Office of the Registrar at registrar@css.edu.

Cap and Gowns

Did you miss the Regalia deadline? Regalia options.

  • A LIMITED SUPPLY of sizes are available at the Saints Shop
  • To purchase, stop in the Saints Shop and fill out an order form or email saintsshop@css.edu with your height and whether you need a bachelor, master or doctorate set
  • When on duty, a student supervisor will see if your size is available or recommend an alternative size if yours is sold out
  • They will send you an invoice and once it is paid, you can return to pick up your order. If you prefer to have it sent to you, shipping is $8.95. Please let us know your choice when you place your order.
  • We will accept orders to be shipped until Thursday, May 5
  • Bachelor Sets include: Cap, Gown, Tassel and Stole — $49.95
  • Master Sets include: Cap, Gown, Tassel and Stole — $52.95
  • Doctorate Sets include: Tam, Gown and Stole — $87.95
  • Doctorate Tassels are sold separately: choose PT or NP — $7.95

Ala Carte Accessories

  • If you would like to purchase individual pieces of regalia, either visit the Saints Shop or order online at https://shop.css.edu/collections/regalia-accessories
  • Bachelor and Master Caps — $15.99
  • Doctorate Tams — $34.99
  • Tassels — $7.99
  • Stoles — $17.99

Diploma Frames

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. Orders are due by April 25.

Flowers for your Graduate on their Big Day

Beautiful bouquets will be for sale online or purchase them the day of the event. If you choose to order them online, you pick them up the day of the event. Pick up your pre-order at the entrance of the Graduation Procession.

Order online on or before Sunday, May 8.

Hotels and More

Flights

Search for flights directly into the Duluth airport. Some local hotels have free shuttles to and from the airport.

Search for flights directly into MSP airport. You may choose to rent a car or take the Groome shuttle transportation.

Hotels

Holiday Inn & Suites Duluth Downtown

200 West First St.
Duluth, MN 55802
218-722-1202
Website
Near Bentleyville and Canal Park. This hotel is 2.6 miles away from the College’s main campus. Free shuttle within 5 mile radius of the hotel.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Duluth Waterfront

1000 Minnesota Ave.
Duluth, MN 55802
218-722-6001
Website
Near Bentleyville and Canal Park. This hotel is 3.8 miles away from the College’s main campus.

Canal Park

Website
Canal Park has a walking trail along Lake Superior with lots of restaurants, shops and hotels that are within walking distance.

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; 218-723-5917.

St. Scholastica Alumni Association

The Alumni Engagement team will be at the ceremony to welcome our newest Saints! Please stop by our table to receive your alumni pin and a reusable bag.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Brunch

Q: Where is brunch?
A: Brunch is in the Greenview Dining Room, located in Somers Hall.

Q: Where are the brunch tickets that I ordered?
A: Tickets are not printed. See the will call table upon entry to the Greenview Dining Room.

Q: Are tickets for sale the day of the ceremony?
A: Yes; $15/person, and graduates and children 5 and under eat free of charge.

Mass

Q: Is there a Mass?
A: Yes, Mass is located in the Mitchell Auditorium.

Caps and Gowns

Cap and gowns are a part of a regalia set. For undergraduate and master graduates, a set includes a gown, cap, stole and tassel. For doctorate graduates, a set includes a gown, cap and stole. Tassels are sold separately.

Already received your set? Open it and make sure you have all 4 pieces. Each set should have a gown, cap, stole and tassel. If you are missing a piece, report this error to the Herff Jones Customer Service within 60 days of delivery.

Did not order a set:

Q: What if a student did not order their cap and gown?
A: Cap and gowns may be purchased in the Saints Shop. However, there is a limited supply.

Lost item:

Q: What if a student lost a piece of their regalia set?
A: If you show up at the graduation procession missing a piece (i.e. tassel, stole), you will be asked to pay for the replacement.

Ceremony Details

There will be an in-person celebration and a full virtual commencement ceremony for the spring graduating class. Graduates come to the graduation procession fully dressed in their cap and gown and ready to cross the stage. Their guests are with them the entire time.

Graduation Procession

Q: What time do the doors open?
A: Doors to the BWC open at 10 a.m. All graduating students check-in at their allotted time with all of their guests
in attendance.

Q: What time is my check-in for the Graduation Procession?

A: Check-in times may be found on the Schedule of Events.

Q: Where does my family sit?
A: There will be a guest seating section. However, your guests check-in with you and remain with you until you arrive at the guest seating section.

Tassels

Q: What side do I put the tassel on?
A: Wear your tassel on the left side.

Parking and Shuttles

Q:Will parking be available? Where do my guests and I park?
A: Parking will be open, as this is a Saturday. Parking will be available to all graduates and guests in these locations.

Q: Will I have to pay for parking?
A: No, parking will be open and free.

Q: How will I get from the parking lots to the Procession? Will I have to walk far?
A: Shuttles are provided from 8:45 a.m.-5:30 p.m. to bring people to and from the parking lots to the Mitchell Auditorium (Mass and social location), Somers Hall (Brunch), and the Burns Wellness Commons (Graduation Procession).

Program (name missing/mistake):

Q: Is a graduate able to attend the ceremony if their name is not in the program?
A: Yes, check-in at the color-coded table, according to degree, in the field house lower level track.

Q: What if there is a mistake in the program?
A: If there is an error in the program, contact the Registrar’s Office at registrar@css.edu.

Q: I thought I was receiving a BS not a BA.
A: Contact the Registrar’s Office at registrar@css.edu.

Recording

Q: Will the Graduation Procession be recorded?
A: Yes, it will be recorded and live-streamed.

Q: Are there recordings of the virtual ceremony for sale?
A: Recordings are not for sale. The ceremony will be available to watch for one year.

Q: Where do I find the link to the virtual commencement ceremony?
A: The 2022 Spring virtual Commencement Ceremony will be available soon.

RSVP’s and Tickets

Q: How many guests per graduate?
A: Each graduate may bring unlimited guests.

Q: What is MarchingOrder?
A: MarchingOrder is software the College uses to make the ceremonies a better experience for the graduates and their guests.

Q: I already applied to graduate, why do I have to do this again?
A: Applying to graduate and RSVPing to attend the ceremony are two separate assignments.

Q: Are graduates required to fill out their MarchingOrder profile?
A: Yes. All graduating students are required to RSVP whether they plan to attend the ceremony or not.

Cords/Highest Honors/Other

Honors will be determined one 8-week term prior to the commencement ceremony. If the Registrar determines you qualify for honors, you will receive an email directly from the Registrar’s office. Once the Registrar has determined you have earned Latin honors, you may pick up your complimentary cord at the Graduation Procession.

Q: Will I earn honors?
A: Undergraduates: A student whose cumulative grade point average is 3.90 or above graduates with highest honors (summa cum laude — blue and gold, double cord). A student whose cumulative grade point average is between 3.70 and 3.90 graduates with great honors (magna cum laude — blue, double cord). A student whose cumulative grade point average is between 3.50 and 3.70 graduates with honors (cum laude — gold, double cord). A minimum of 48 St. Scholastica credits are required to graduate with highest honors, with great honors or with honors; all 48 must be graded credits. A Dean’s list of full-time students achieving a 3.75 grade point average is published each semester. Graduates: Latin Honors are not awarded to students in Masters and Doctoral level programs.

Q: Where are my honors cords?
A: If a student is graduating with Latin honors, they receive an email directly from the Registrar’s Office. All Latin honor cords will be available for pick up during the
Graduation Procession.

Q: What do students wear if graduating with highest honors?
A: They wear either the undergrad, masters, or doctorate gown, cap/tam, tassel, and stole.

Q: Do Webster Scholar graduates order anything special?
A: No, each Webster Scholar will receive an honors diploma cover and a medallion during the Graduation Procession.

Q: Where do I find veteran’s cords?
A: Veteran’s cords are mailed to the address CSS has on file for the graduate. Additional cords are available for pick up during the Graduation Procession.

Degree of Gratitude Certificates

Q: What is “Degree of Gratitude”?
A: Degree of Gratitude certificates are a way to say, “Thank You” to someone who gave the student support while pursuing their degree.

Q: How many certificates can each graduate request?
A: Three certificates per graduate may be ordered by filling out the google form found on the commencement web page. All three are mailed to the graduating students mailing address on file.

Q: Who do I contact about a mistake on my certificates?
A: Contact the commencement committee at commencement@css.edu.

Hoods

Academic hoods are not included in the regalia sets. Those who did not attend the ceremony on Dec. 17 will be mailed their academic hood to the address on file. If your address has changed recently, contact commencement@css.edu with your updated mailing address. Hoods will be mailed the fourth week of May. They will not be mailed upon special request; instead, all non-attendees will be mailed their hood all at once after the ceremony is complete. No exceptions.

Q: Where is my Hood?
A: Complimentary academic hoods will be available during the Graduation Procession.

Newsletters

Q: What if a student is graduating, but is not receiving any newsletters?
A: If a student is graduating and is not receiving any newsletter, here is a checklist to go through:

  • Has the student applied to graduate? If the answer is no, apply immediately.
  • If the student has applied, contact the Registrar’s Office at registrar@css.edu

Diplomas

Diplomas will arrive at the address contained on the Application to Graduate approximately 6-8 weeks after degree conferral barring any transcript holds are on a student’s record. Students will also receive a certified eDiploma to their css.edu email address. Students should contact registrar@css.edu if a change to the diploma mailing address is needed.