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The College of St. Scholastica

Dear Graduating Saints,

Congratulations to you, the Class of 2023! You have been on a remarkable, transformative journey at The College of St. Scholastica, demonstrating your determination to persevere through challenging times, find inspiration and follow your passions. And here you are, at the finish line; you made it!

Your path has been marked by great things that will define you in the years ahead: growth and development, exciting new discoveries and new friendships, your hard work and grit, and most of all, your accomplishments both personal and academic in nature. Your resilience is impressive and commendable.

We are honored to be sending you out into your chosen professions fully equipped as thoughtful leaders, sharpened and sensitized by the liberal arts, and well-prepared to serve and transform the world. You have met this mission with heart, mind and soul. And you now become part of a remarkable group of St. Scholastica alumni who are making positive differences in the communities they serve.

You have inspired us all and we are very proud of what you have accomplished. We know your greatest accomplishments are still ahead, and we can’t wait to see where you go from here.

As we celebrate, I know this is not goodbye. We believe in our motto, “Once a Saint, always a Saint,” and we look forward to getting together again for future celebrations.

Until then, best wishes to you as you enter your next chapter in life. And remember to stay in touch with us!

Vivat St. Scholastica!

Barbara McDonald, Ed.D.


The College is planning on holding the ceremonies on Saturday, May 13. If you are not able to make it in person, you may view it via live stream.

2023 Commencement Ceremony Schedule of Events

Saturday, May 13

11 a.m. — Master, Certificate and Doctorate Ceremony

Doors open at 10 a.m.; graduates check-in at 10 a.m.
Burns Wellness Commons Field House

12 p.m. — Reception Celebration

Open to all graduates, guests, faculty, trustees and staff
Reif Gymnasium

1 p.m. — Commencement Mass

Mitchell Auditorium

3 p.m. — Undergraduate Ceremony

Doors open at 2 p.m.; undergraduates check-in at 2 p.m.
Burns Wellness Commons Field House

4 p.m. — Reception Celebration

Open to all undergraduates, guests, faculty, trustees and staff
Reif Gymnasium