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SPRING COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY

Saturday, May 15, 2021


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PHOTOGRAPHY by GRAD IMAGES

Pre-register for your Grad Walk ceremony photos and receive 20 percent off. You will be given three photography options throughout the Grad Walk on the 15th of May. Please be sure to have your guest(s) together with you in your "pod" while walking through the Grad Walk. Your guest(s) will remain with you until it is time for you to walk across the stage. Don't worry, your guest(s) will be able to see you clearly from their pod as you cross the stage. You will rejoin your guest(s) shortly after crossing the stage and exit out a separate set of doors than the ones you entered through. Before exiting, grab a complimentary cookie and/or visit the Saints Shop for alumni accessories.
Grad Walk Preregistration

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 May 15, 2021 at 10 am Mitchell Auditorium, Duluth campus. We welcome all graduates of any religious or spiritual tradition to join us for this service of thanksgiving and celebration of your achievements. Unfortunately, due to COVID restrictions, we need to limit the opportunity to participate in person to graduates only at this time. Friends and families of graduates and all others are welcome to participate in the liturgy via livestream. Graduates who attend will receive an oil lamp as a gift to symbolize the light you are carrying with you into the world. To attend graduates must RSVP by May 8 by clicking here. Questions? Contact Campus Ministry at cministry@css.edu.

BRUNCH

Join us for our traditional graduation brunch on May 15, 2021, Greenview Dining Room, located in Somers Hall, Duluth campus. Graduates and children 5 & under are FREE, all others pay $14 each. Click here to RSVP and/or pay for brunch online. Deadline to order online is the May 2. Reservations are for 1-4 people/table including the graduate. For example: (1) graduate + (3) others = 4/table. We will not be selling brunch at the door the day of due to COVID guidelines, so be sure to RSVP and/or purchase brunch on or before the 19th of April. To order online: BRUNCH
MENU: Fresh Fruit, Breakfast Pastries/Desserts, French Toast, O'Brien Potatoes, Scrambled Eggs, Ham & Cheese Omelets, Sausage Links, Pit Ham, Herbed Salmon, Fried Ravioli with Marinara Sauce, Coffee, Juices, 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 & GOWN OPTIONS

Note: Academic hoods are not included in the regalia sets. If you are a doctorate or masters graduate and plan to attend the Grad Walk on May 15, you will receive a complimentary academic hood.

Order your regalia online or stop in the Saints Shop to purchase. When ordering online, you may select in-store pickup or have it shipped for $8.95. The deadline to order online if you want it shipped and received on time for the Grad Walk is Monday, May 10. If you miss the online order deadline, a LIMITED SUPPLY of sizes are available at the Saints Shop. Please email saintsshop@css.edu to see if your size is available. Please include your height in your message. If we have your size, you can choose to pick it up in the store or have it shipped. If we are out of stock in your size, we will recommend going up or down one size. If we have to place a rush order from our supplier, additional fees will incur. To receive your cap and gown on time for the Grad Walk, order your cap and gown online by May 10.

  • Bachelor set include: a cap, gown, tassel and stole. $49.95
  • Master set include: a cap, gown, tassel and stole. $52.95
  • Doctorate set include: a tam, gown and stole. $87.95
    • Doctorate tassels are sold separately: choose PT or NP. $7.95

"Ala Carte" and Accessory Kits!
If you would like to purchase individual pieces of regalia (ala carte), either visit the Saints Shop or order onlineNEW! Accessories kits are available for those who don't need a gown. You can purchase these kits exclusively in the Saints Shop or online. Choose from:

  • Basic Bachelor or Master Kit include: a cap, tassel and stole.
    Reg. $32.90. Kit Price: $26.95
  • Basic Doctorate Kit include: a tam, tassel and stole.
    Reg. $60.90. Kit Price: $48.95
  • Basic+ Bachelor or Master Kit include: Basic Kit plus one package of 10 Classic Graduation Announcements.
    Reg. $54.85. Kit Price: $39.95
  • Basic+ Doctorate Kit include: Basic Kit plus one package of 10 Classic Graduation Announcements.
    Reg. $82.90. Kit Price: $66.95

Diploma Frames
A beautiful selection of diploma frames is available for purchase; check them out here.

CEREMONY FAQ's

Will there still be a face to face ceremony in the spring? Yes. The spring commencement ceremony is planned for May 15, 2021 at the Amsoil Arena, Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. This is a non-traditional ceremony called a "Grad Walk". Follow this link to watch an example: GradWalkI am a Class of 2020 graduate, may I attend the Grad Walk? Yes. All 2020 graduating students are invited to attend the Grad Walk. Where do I purchase my Latin honor cord (summa cum laude, cum laude, magna cum laude)? Latin honor cords are free of charge. Once Registrar has determined you have earned Latin honors, you will receive an email from them. You may pick up your cord at the grad walk check-in table on May 15, 2021.

COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY RSVP

Common question: I already applied to graduate, do I have to complete the MarchingOrder registration? Answer: Yes, because you need to check your name for misspelling for the ceremony program. And, we need to know how many attendees will be present for the ceremony. Each student must complete their registration in order to receive a custom made name card. The deadline to receive your custom made name card and personal slide is April 20.

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 20, 2021. To place your order, click here.

GUEST TICKETS

Per Minnesota state guidelines, we are required to stay within the capacity of the Amsoil Arena. Depending on the capacity of the arena and the total attendees, each graduate will be given three guest tickets to attend the Grad Walk on May 15. The deadline to reserve your guest tickets was April 2. If you plan to attend the Grad Walk, you must email commencement@css.edu immediately.

FLOWERS for your graduate on their big day!

The Grad Walk is held on May 15, 2021. Beautiful bouquets will be sold online with proceeds supporting the College. You may order online ahead of time and pick up your flowers at the end of the Grad Walk  at the Amsoil Arena, DECC on May 15, 2021. You may purchase flowers at the Grad Walk also. To order online: FLOWERS

HOODS

Academic hoods are not included in the regalia sets. If you are a doctorate or masters graduate and plan to attend the Grad Walk on May 15, you will receive a complimentary academic hood. You may find your hood at the Grad Walk on the 15th of May. After the Grad Walk on May 15, we will compile a list of those who did not attend and mail hoods to the mailing address on file. If you do not plan to attend, please do not email commencement@css.edu until after the Grad Walk. 

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

The College has booked off blocks of rooms at discounted prices at the two hotels below. Reserve a discounted room by April 1. If you need to cancel your reservation, please do so before April 15.

Fairfield by Marriott Duluth, Miller Hill
1510 Maple Grove Road, Duluth, MN 55811
To reserve your room(s):
1. Reserve by following this link and in the special rates, click group and enter the below codes:
King group code = CSSCSSA; 2 Queen group code = CSSCSSB
2. or, call 1-888-236-2427 and use code CSS.

Holiday Inn & Suites Duluth Downtown
200 West First Street, Duluth, MN 55802
To reserve your room(s):
1. Reserve online;
2. or, call 1-218-722-1202 and mention CSS Commencement Block.

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.

WILL I EARN HONORS?

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.

HONORS CORDS (Undergraduates only)

Honors will be determined one 8-week term prior to the commencement (grad walk) ceremony. If the Registrar determines you qualify for honors, you will receive an email directly from the Registrar's office. Once Registrar has determined you have earned Latin honors, you may pick up your complimentary cord at the Grad Walk on May 15, 2021.

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.