Thursday, December 20
5 p.m. Baccalaureate Liturgy and Hooding Ceremony, Our Lady of Victory Chapel
7:30 p.m. Commencement Ceremony, The O'Shaughnessy
9:30 p.m. Reception, Rauenhorst Ballroom, 3rd floor Coeur de Catherine
Erin Murphy MAOL'05, legislator, Minnesota House of Representatives
The Commencement ceremony will last approximately two hours. A sign language interpreter will be provided.
Please join us for a reception immediately following the ceremony in Rauenhorst Ballroom, 3rd floor, Coeur de Catherine. Tickets are not required, but please indicate the number of people in your party (including yourself) that will be attending when you fill out your ticket request form.
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.
The Hooding Ceremony is a tradition incorporated into the Baccalaureate Liturgy, in which 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.
A sign language interpreter will be provided.
Students are invited to serve as readers and eucharistic ministers during the Baccalaureate Liturgy. Those interested should contact the Office of Spirituality and Social Justice at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651.690.6724.
RSVP for yourself and your guests by submitting a ticket request form. Completing this form reserves your spot for graduation (or tells us you’re not coming) and lets us know of any special seating needs you or your guests may have. Please fill out the ticket request form even if you do not plan to attend Commencement.
As the deadline for requesting tickets through the form has passed, please contact email@example.com to request guest tickets. Each graduating student is guaranteed three guest tickets.
Tickets are not required for guests or graduating students for the Baccalaureate Liturgy and Hooding Ceremony or the reception.
Seating assignments for guests are determined by lottery and are reserved seats. To be eligible for the lottery, you must complete the ticket request form by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, November 16.
Graduates submitting a ticket request form after the deadline cannot be guaranteed tickets inside The O’Shaughnessy for their guests.
If tickets for The O’Shaughnessy remain after each student receives their original guaranteed tickets, those tickets will be distributed one at a time through a lottery. Extra tickets will be announced at Commencement rehearsal.
Tickets are required for all children present. Due to the length and nature of the Commencement Ceremony, guests are discouraged from bringing young children into The O’Shaughnessy.
The University provides overflow seating in the Pulse and Dining Room (first floor of Coeur de Catherine), where the ceremony will be telecast live. These locations are appreciated by older and younger guests who are not able to sit for long periods of time and prefer to move around during the ceremony.
No tickets are required for the overflow seating.
The Dining Room will be open and serving food from 4:30–7:30 p.m. The Pulse will be open from 7 a.m.–10 p.m. and serve a modified menu from 7–10 p.m.
Space is provided on the ticket request form to indicate seating needs for:
Be sure to submit your ticket request form no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, November 16 to ensure that these seating needs can be met.
After you have received your ticket packet, call The O’Shaughnessy (651.690.6700) if you have any specific questions regarding handicap access to the building.
St. Paul students can pick up tickets at the Coeur de Catherine Information Center (open daily from 7 a.m. to midnight) beginning Wednesday, December 5.
Minneapolis students can pick up tickets in the Student Life office, Old Main 227, beginning Wednesday, December 5. The office is open Monday 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m., Tuesday 12–6 p.m., Wednesday 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m., Thursday 12–6 p.m., and Friday 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
On the day of Commencement, all tickets will be available on the St. Paul campus from the Coeur de Catherine Information Center.
One hour before the ceremony, tickets will be moved to the O’Shaughnessy ticket window.
Tickets that are not claimed 20 minutes into the ceremony will be released to the general public. Please ensure that you or your guests pick up your tickets before this time.
Note: In the interest of time and tracking, tickets cannot be distributed through campus or U.S. mail.
Only students who have been cleared to participate by the registrar’s office can order garb. Please check your student email or contact the registrar’s office at 651-690-6531 or firstname.lastname@example.org to know if you have been cleared.
Students cleared to participate in commencement must wear academic garb purchased through the bookstore.
If you have been recently cleared, please allow 24–48 hours for the academic garb vendor site to be updated with the most updated list of cleared students.
The deadline to order academic garb is Sunday, December, 9.
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):
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 (email@example.com or 651.690.6567) in student sccounts 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org 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 both bookstores—view examples online or in the bookstore.
St. Thomas students: beginning approximately six weeks after Commencement, the University of St. Thomas registrar will mail diplomas to candidates whose degree requirements are complete and student account is paid in full.
We encourage students and guests to enter through Gate 4 on Fairview Avenue and park in the O’Shaughnessy parking lot located on the southeast corner of campus, near the Georgia and Alberta Apartments. During Commencement, all campus parking areas will be open for guests and permit requirements will not be enforced.
Please do not park in handicap spaces (unless permitted) or fire lanes.
Warning: the city will ticket cars parking on the north side of Randolph or on Cleveland and Fairview Avenues. These areas are designated for neighborhood resident parking by permit only.
Public Safety will have a shuttle bus running to assist those with mobility needs. Shuttle pick-up and drop-off locations will be marked with signs, and a map noting the locations will be sent to graduating students the week of Commencement.
Handicap parking spots are available in the O’Shaughnessy lot. There are additional spaces behind the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium if you enter campus through Gate 3 off of Randolph Avenue, west of Fairview Avenue.
Note: If your guest has a mobility challenge that prevents them from safely traveling from these parking spots to the chapel or auditorium, you guest may call 651.690.8888 to receive help from Public Safety. Public Safety will be touring all campus parking areas. If your guest does not have a cell phone, please instruct them to watch for a Public Safety vehicle, and step out of their car (or roll down a window) to signal for assistance.
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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.
A photographer from Lifetouch will take photos of each graduate at Commencement and graduates will receive proofs and purchase information approximately six weeks after graduation. This will be mailed to your most recent address on record at the Registrar’s Office. Photos can also be viewed online.
Family members and friends in the auditorium may take photographs or videotape from their seats. Out of courtesy to graduates and other audience members, approaching the altar or stage for photographs or videotaping during the Baccalaureate Liturgy and Hooding Ceremony or the Commencement Ceremony is not allowed.
Celebrate your graduation by making a contribution to the Class of 2018 Senior Gift! Leave a legacy by making a gift (no gift is too small) to support student scholarships for those Katies who will follow you.
If each senior gives $5, we will reach our goal of raising $2,018 for student scholarships!
Contact the Commencement Committee at email@example.com.