Our spring Commencement ceremony has been postponed, but you can still join us in celebrating the St. Catherine University Class of 2020!
Whether you are a graduate or know someone who is, show your pride and offer congratulations by downloading St. Kate's yard signs, campus-themed backdrops for Zoom gatherings, and custom images to post to social media.
Spring Commencement Postponed
Commencement means a great deal to all of us, thus we are postponing our May 22-23, 2020 graduate and undergraduate commencement ceremonies for all three colleges: College for Women, College for Adults, Graduate College. We identified three options, pending the status of the COVID-19 public health guidelines.
- Hold commencement ceremonies on August 28-29, 2020.
- If we are unable to hold ceremonies in August, we will combine spring 2020 commencement celebrations with the winter 2020 ceremony on December 16-17, 2020.
- If we are unable to hold December ceremonies, we will combine all ceremonies into the May 2021 celebration (ie. extended ceremonies with May 2020, December 2020, and May 2021 graduates).
We are not planning beyond the three options above at this time. Decisions will be driven by when it is safe to have large gatherings again as determined by MDH and CDC. We will confirm dates or share updates at least eight (8) weeks in advance to allow you to plan accordingly.
NOTE: It is very important to remember that ALL degrees will be conferred at the end of the spring semester pending the completion of all degree requirements, regardless of when the commencement ceremony is held. May completion dates will be included on student transcripts.
Advance Orders for Academic Garb
A few students have inquired about the possibility of purchasing caps and gowns to wear for spring photos or personal graduation celebrations. Academic garb can be purchased here. Please be aware that once an order has been placed, there are no returns and no refunds. The University won't be able to confirm Commencement dates until later this summer. Orders will begin shipping in May and take 7–10 days to fulfill.
Notice of Filming and Photography
By participating in Commencement, you consent to be photographed, filmed, and/or live-streamed during the ceremony at The O'Shaughnessy and/or the Baccalaureate Liturgy in the Chapel.
Baccalaureate Liturgy and Hooding Ceremony
The Hooding Ceremony is a tradition incorporated into the Baccalaureate Liturgy, in which bachelor's and associate students will receive a special blessing and place their graduation hoods upon each other. Students consistently describe this tradition as one of the highlights of the Commencement events.
Attending and Bringing Guests
All graduating students and their guests are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Note: Graduate College students do not participate in this Hooding Ceremony, as they are hooded during their Commencement ceremony. Graduate College students are still welcome and encouraged to process into the Chapel and sit with other graduating students.
All faiths are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Please note that space in the Chapel is limited.
What to Expect
All participating students will be dressed in their academic gowns and process into the Chapel and sit together as a group.
During the Liturgy, bachelor's and associate students will be invited to stand, receive a blessing, and place the hood over the student next to them. There is nothing to prepare for in advance. The ceremony is simple and will be explained as it happens.
A sign language interpreter will be provided. For reasonable accommodations, please contact email@example.com.
Students are invited to serve as readers and Eucharistic ministers during the Baccalaureate Liturgy. Those interested should contact the Center for Spirituality and Social Justice at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651.690.6724.