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Commencement

FALL COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY

Noon, December 18, Reif Gymnasium


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PHOTOGRAPHY by GRAD IMAGES

Photos are currently being processed and are delayed due to COVID. Once the photos are ready, each graduate will be sent their proofs via email and/or mailing address depending on what information was given. Once the photos are ready, you may view and purchase your photos by going to the GradImages web page and type in your last name, school and graduation year (2021). If you are not finding your photos, call GradImages Customer Service at 800-261-2576 or email ecc.giservice@gradimages.net.

Purchase your grad walk photos.

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

Many graduates joined us for our Commencement Mass on May 15, 2021 at 10 am Mitchell Auditorium, Duluth campus. We welcomed all graduates of any religious or spiritual tradition to join us for this service of thanksgiving and celebration of your achievements.  Graduates who attended received an oil lamp as a gift to symbolize the light you are carrying with you into the world. Questions? Contact Campus Ministry at cministry@css.edu.

BRUNCH

Graduates and their guests joined us for our traditional graduation brunch on May 15, 2021, Greenview Dining Room, located in Somers Hall, Duluth campus.
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

"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 the 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 for the spring 2021 ceremony was April 20. More to come for the December 2021 graduates in September 2021.

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 will be accepted on September 7.

GUEST RSVP's

Per Minnesota state guidelines, we are required to stay within the capacity of the event space. Depending on the capacity of the space and the total attendees, each graduate will be given three guest tickets to attend in December 2021. The college will begin accepting RSVP's on September 7.

FLOWERS for your graduate on their big day!

Beautiful bouquets will be sold online with proceeds supporting the College. You may order online ahead of time and pick up your flowers on the event day in December 2021. Online orders begin on September 7.

HOODS

Academic hoods are not included in the regalia sets. Those who did not attend the ceremony on December 18 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 second week of January. 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.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

The College has booked off blocks of rooms at discounted prices at the two local hotels. Details will be shared on this web page by September 7.

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.