Commencement Ceremonies

2023 Commencement Schedule

College for Adults Saturday, May 20

Times TBD

Schedule of Events

  • Student Line Up for Mass (meet in Derham Main Parlors)
  • Baccalaureate Mass, Our Lady of Victory Chapel 
  • Student Check In and Line Up for Commencement (meet in Chapel)
  • Commencement Ceremony, The O’Shaughnessy
  • Reception, Rauenhorst Ballroom (Coeur de Catherine, 3rd floor)

Graduate College Saturday, May 20

Times TBD

Schedule of Events

  • Student Line Up for Mass (meet in Derham Main Parlors)
  • Baccalaureate Mass, Our Lady of Victory Chapel 
  • Student Check In and Line Up for Commencement (meet in Chapel)
  • Commencement Ceremony, The O’Shaughnessy 
  • Reception, Rauenhorst Ballroom (Coeur de Catherine, 3rd floor)

College for Women Sunday, May 22

Times TBD

Schedule of Events

  • Student Line Up for Mass (meet in Derham Main Parlors)
  • First Baccalaureate Mass, Our Lady of Victory Chapel
  • Second Baccalaureate Mass, Our Lady of Victory Chapel
  • Student Check In and Line Up for Commencement (meet in Chapel)
  • Commencement Ceremony, The O’Shaughnessy
  • Continental Breakfast Reception, Rauenhorst Ballroom (Coeur de Catherine, 3rd floor)

Commencement Checklist for Graduates

  • Pick up your guest tickets. After GradFest, guest tickets can be picked up from the Information Center in Coeur de Catherine. On Commencement Day, guest tickets can be picked up from the Will Call window at The O’Shaughnessy. Bring your student ID.
  • Update your contact information with the Alumni Relations Office to receive the Alumni magazine and to be notified of Alumni news and events. Alumni Relations Form
  • Check your student account status to confirm you are eligible to receive your diploma (see details below).
  • Complete your First Destination Survey.

How to Watch Commencement

Tickets are required for Commencement Ceremonies at The O’Shaughnessy. 

Overflow Seating

The University provides overflow seating in Jeanne D’Arc Auditorium and the Dining Hall where the ceremony will be telecast live. This location is great for guests who do not have tickets to the ceremony or for guests who prefer to move around during the ceremony. Tickets are not required for overflow seating.

Livestreamed Ceremonies

Commencement ceremonies and Baccalaureate Masses will be livestreamed for those who are unable to join the celebrations on campus. 

Baccalaureate Mass and Receptions

Tickets are not required for the Baccalaureate Masses and Commencement Receptions. For planning purposes, however, we request that you RSVP for these events on the ticket form.

Academic Garb

The 2023 Academic Garb form is forthcoming. For questions about garb, please email commencement@stkate.edu

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.

Students with a remaining balance should contact Student Accounts (studentaccounts@stkate.edu or 651.690.6503) to make payment arrangements.

Students with a remaining balance on their account after Commencement will have their diplomas and official transcripts held until payment in full is submitted.

Students who borrowed a Perkins or Nursing Loan, will need to complete the online exit interview prior to graduation. Student borrowers will receive an email notification from our loan servicer, Heartland ECSI, with instructions for completing the exit interview. The exit interview process should take about 15-20 minutes. Questions about the interview can be directed to Student Accounts (studentaccounts@stkate.edu or 651.690.6503). Technical questions or problems can be directed to Heartland ECSI at 1.888.549.3274. 

Student borrowers will have a hold on their diplomas and official transcripts until the required exit interview has been completed.

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

 

 

Updated 3/15/2022

The O’Shaughnessy’s primary concern is the safety and well-being of all its audiences, artists, and staff and every individual who walks through the doors. This is our highest priority.

Mask Requirements:

In accordance with St. Catherine University policies, masks are required at all times when inside The O’Shaughnessy, regardless of vaccination status. 

Masks must be worn in the lobby, restrooms, and inside the auditorium for the duration of the ceremony. There are no exceptions to this mask requirement. Masks are worn correctly when the mask completely covers your nose and extends around your chin. For best masking practices please use this link here.   

Please provide your own personal masks. Extra masks are limited and you will not be allowed attendance if you do not wear a mask at all times indoors.

Professional photographers will be at each Commencement ceremony to take photos of graduates on stage. These photos will be made available to graduates for purchase a few weeks after the ceremony.

We encourage guests to park on campus. All lots are open to guests on May 21 and May 22.  Permits are not required. 

Accessible parking spaces are located in front of Our Lady of Victory Chapel and next to The O’Shaughnessy.

Campus Map

The St. Catherine University Bookstore is located on the second floor of Coeur de Catherine. The Bookstore will be open during Commencement: 

Saturday, May 21:  9:00am-3:00pm

Sunday, May 22: 9:00am-2:00pm

Bookstore Online

The Pulse Cafe and the Dining Hall are both located on the first floor of Coeur de Catherine and offer a wide range of options. Enjoy Seattle's Best coffee, grab and go bakery items, sandwiches, and salads, plus grill favorites and a large selection of beverages. The Pulse Cafe offers made to order stone baked pizza and pastas 

Commencement hours:

Saturday, May 21:  8:00am-4:30pm

Sunday, May 22: 8:00am-3:30pm

Frequently Asked Questions

Tickets are determined by a simple formula based on the number of guest seats at The O’Shaughnessy divided by the number of graduates. Graduates do not need a ticket for themselves. Only guests need tickets.

Yes, in order to be Fire Code compliant, everyone in the auditorium must have their own seat, even babies.

Graduates can request extra tickets via the ticket request form. Extra tickets are distributed through a lottery system. Recipients will be notified via their St. Kate’s email.

Pick up your tickets at GradFest on April 28, 2022 anytime between 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. in the CdC Ballroom.

After April 28, pick up your tickets at the Information Center in Coeur de Catherine.

We can reprint them. Before the Commencement date, email commencement@stkate.edu and we will have them reprinted. The day of Commencement, contact The O'Shaughnessy at (651) 690-6700.

Give your personal items to your guests beforehand if possible. If not possible, there will be unsecured storage boxes at the ceremony line-up that you can leave your belongings at your own risk. Please note, the University is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

On the ticket request form, you will have an opportunity to write the phonetic spelling of your name. Even better, attend GradFest to talk directly with the announcer who will be at your ceremony.

Associate and Bachelor degree candidates start the ceremony with the tassel on their right side. At the end of the ceremony, they will turn the tassel to their left side. Masters and Doctoral degree candidates start and keep the tassel on the left side.

Master degree candidates will process into the Auditorium with their hoods over their arms and will hood themselves as part of the Commencement ceremony. This will be demonstrated at line up.

Doctoral degree candidates will process into the Auditorium with their hoods over their arms and will be hooded on stage as part of the Commencement ceremony. This will be demonstrated at line up.

  • Watch the Rehearsal video (playing at GradFest) and emailed to graduates in May
  • Wear comfortable shoes – you will be doing a lot of walking and standing.
  • Give your tickets to your guests ahead of time. You don’t need them – they do.
  • Be on time. Try to avoid feeling rushed, so you can enjoy the day.
Celebrate Our Graduates!

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.

Class of 2022 celebration downloadables

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.

Balfour

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

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

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