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Commencement Ceremonies for 2020 and 2021 Graduates

Friday, May 21, 2021

We invite you and your family to join us for a virtual commencement ceremony to celebrate and honor your accomplishments.  

This year’s celebrations will feature virtual commencement ceremonies for all of our graduates from the spring 2020, winter 2020, and spring 2021 classes that feature our favorite commencement traditions. 

There will be two virtual ceremonies for this day. The first will be for our spring 2020 graduates. The second will be for our winter 2020 and spring 2021 graduates.* The ceremonies will feature a welcome and remarks from President Roloff, invocation led by a CSJ, student speakers, and conferral of degrees. 

In lieu of walking across the stage, students will have the opportunity to create a personalized graduation slide that will be shown as part of the virtual commencement ceremony. Students who create their personalized slide will also receive a copy for sharing on social media and as a keepsake. Degrees and diploma covers will be mailed to students over the summer as is our standard practice. 

Additional details regarding how to participate, ordering commencement garb, and more will be shared in early March.

*Note for winter 2020 graduates: some winter graduates may prefer to be included in the spring 2020 video, perhaps to be with the majority of classmates or friends who graduated in spring 2020. If this applies to you, please contact Alyson Glass at by March 31.

Diplomas, Honors, and Student Account Status

Unsure if you will be graduating with honors, or when you will get your diploma? Concerned about your student account's outstanding balance? Make sure you are squared away for graduation day.

Latin Honors are awarded to eligible students earning their first baccalaureate degree. To be considered for Latin Honors students must complete a minimum of 64 credits in residence at St. Catherine University. Latin Honors are awarded upon completion of all graduation requirements with the following institutional grade point average (resident courses only, no transfer courses included):

  • For graduation cum laude, a GPA of 3.667
  • For graduation magna cum laude, a GPA of 3.8
  • For graduation summa cum laude, a GPA of 3.9

The honors awarded are noted on your transcript and in the program at Commencement.

Predicted eligibility for Latin Honors is determined approximately six weeks prior to Commencement; actual eligibility is based on your final St. Catherine University GPA.

Latin Honor cords will be handed out at lineup. Cords for departmental honor societies are provided by the individual departments. Graduating students are encouraged to wear any/all of their honor society cords to Commencement.

Students with balances remaining on their accounts should contact Jordana Lewis ( or 651.690.6567) in student accounts to make arrangements for payment to the University.

Students with balances on their account after Commencement will have their diplomas and official transcripts held until full payment is made.

If you are a Perkins or Nursing Loan borrower, you need to complete the online loan exit questionnaire prior to graduation. Questions about the questionnaire can be directed to the Student Accounts Office ( or 651.690.6503). Technical questions or problems can be directed to University Accounting Service (UAS) at 1.800.999.6227.

If you borrowed other types of student loans, you need to complete an exit counseling session. Expect notification of times from the Financial Aid Office.

If your student account is in good standing your diploma will be mailed to your permanent address approximately six weeks after Commencement.

Please ensure that the registrar’s office has your correct address on file.

Diploma frames are available for purchase through the St. Catherine University bookstore—view examples online or in the bookstore.

St. Catherine University bookstore



Share Your Joy

Explore more ways to celebrate and remember this achievement — and share it with your family and friends.

Balfour offers a full line of customized products for graduation. Special order custom, high-quality, embossed invitations and announcements through the Balfour website.

Note: Some people do not know that announcements are not invitations. Omitting the place and time of the ceremony from your announcements should help alleviate this confusion.


The official St. Catherine University ring can also be purchased through Balfour.


Support Student Scholarships

Celebrate your graduation by making a contribution to the Senior Class Gift! Leave a legacy by making a gift (no gift is too small) to support student scholarships for those Katies who will follow you.

Contribute to your class gift