Frequently Asked Questions

SJU Parents and Families

When will my student receive specific information regarding commencement?
Degree candidates will be sent information from the Office of the Vice Provost by early February(by email). This includes information for obtaining their cap and gown, ceremony and lunch tickets, etc. All commencement information will be posted on this website and will be updated as new information becomes available.

Do we need tickets for the Baccalaureate Mass?
No. All guests are welcome to the Baccalaureate Mass at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 18 in the Abbey/University church. The Mass will last approximately 90 minutes.

Do small children need a ticket to the commencement ceremony?
Infants to 2-year-old children do not need a ticket, as long as the child is not occupying a seat.

On our arrival to campus, where can we park?
There will be parking available in the various lots on campus; however, they fill up quickly. There is additional parking in the Flynntown area with shuttle service between there and the east side of the Abbey Church. The shuttles will also go through the Science and Palaestra lots en route to the church. The shuttles will run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Will a state issued disability hang tag be honored to allow parking on campus and in designated disabled parking areas?
Yes. State issued permits authorizing use of accessible spaces for people with disabilities are honored on campus. Please make sure it is displayed properly. Spaces are available on a first come, first served basis.

How early should we arrive at the church for the commencement ceremony?
The doors to the Abbey/University church will open at 1:00 p.m. for the ceremony. Graduates will begin to assemble at their specified locations at 1:15 p.m. The academic procession of the graduates, faculty and platform party will begin promptly at 2:00 p.m.

How long is the commencement ceremony?
Once the academic procession is complete and the ceremony begins, it will last approximately two hours.

Can I arrange for special needs or disabled seating for a family member at the commencement ceremony? 

Each graduate attending the ceremony has an opportunity to inform the University of guests who will be attending for whom special services are needed. Please contact the Office of the Vice Provost. This information will be of assistance to commencement planners so that adequate disability seating is provided in the church. As a graduate, if you have special needs concerning the academic procession or commencement ceremony, please bring this need to the attention of staff in the Office of the Vice Provost.  

 What do I need to know about photographing and videotaping my graduate?
As a courtesy to the graduates, and all in attendance, we ask that you remain outside of the ceremonial area during commencement exercises if you are taking photos. In cooperation with Saint John's University, Grad Images will photograph the graduates as the degrees are being awarded. More detailed information can be found on the Grad Images website.