When will my student receive specific information regarding commencement?
Degree candidates will be sent information from the Office of the Academic Affairs by the end of January (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 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.
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 field house for the commencement ceremony?
The doors to the field house 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 college of guests who will be attending for whom special services are needed. This information will be of assistance to commencement planners so that adequate disability seating is provided in the fieldhouse.
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 the College of Saint Benedict, Grad Images will photograph the graduates as the degrees are being awarded. More detailed information can be found on the Grad Images website.