Spring 2018 Commencement Information

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  • Spring 2018 Ceremony Information

    Commencement Schedule & Details

    The Commencement Ceremony will last approximately two hours. A sign language interpreter will be provided.

    The bookstore will be open 9 a.m.–3 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m.– 2 p.m. on Sunday.

    Select your college below for your Commencement details.


Saturday, May 19


9 a.m. Mass and Hooding Ceremony, Our Lady of Victory Chapel

  • 8:15 a.m. Line up for Mass and Hooding Ceremony, Derham parlor, 1st floor Derham Hall

11:30 a.m. Commencement Ceremony, The O'Shaughnessy

  • 10:15 a.m. Line up for Commencement Ceremony, Our Lady of Victory Chapel

1:30 p.m. Reception, Rauenhorst Ballroom, 3rd floor Coeur de Catherine


Nancy JP Anderson '01, MAT'17
The sole owner of Midwest Sign & Screen Printing Supply Co., Anderson is a dynamic champion for women's education, leadership and community involvement.

Tickets are not required for the reception immediately following the ceremony, but please indicate on your ticket request form the number of people in your party (including yourself), that will be attending.


Saturday, May 19


1:30 p.m. Line up for Commencement Ceremony, Jeanne d'Arc Auditorium, 1st floor, Whitby Hall
3 p.m. Commencement Ceremony, The O'Shaughnessy
5 p.m. Reception, Rauenhorst Ballroom, 3rd floor Coeur de Catherine


Tammy Loosbrock
A St. Kate's graduate with a bachelor's in biology and masters and doctorate degrees in physical therapy, Loosbrock oversees two hospitals and five clinics in Minnesota and Iowa, is a fellow with the American College of Health Care Executives, and serves on the Minnesota Hospital Association board of directors.

Tickets are not required for the reception immediately following the ceremony, but please indicate on your ticket request form the number of people in your party (including yourself), that will be attending.


Sunday, May 20


9 a.m. Mass and Hooding Ceremony #1, Our Lady of Victory Chapel

  • 8:15 a.m. Line up for Mass and Hooding Ceremony, Derham Parlor, 1st floor Derham Hall

9:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Breakfast Reception, Rauenhorst Ballroom, 3rd floor Coeur de Catherine

  • Students participating in the 9 a.m. Mass should go to the reception afterward. Students participating in the 11:15 a.m. Mass should go to the reception beforehand.

11:15 a.m. Mass and Hooding Ceremony #2, Our Lady of Victory Chapel

  • 10:30 a.m. Line up for Mass and Hooding Ceremony, Derham Parlor, 1st floor Derham Hall

2 p.m. Commencement Ceremony, The O'Shaughnessy

  • 12:30 p.m. Line up for Commencement Ceremony, Our Lady of Victory Chapel


Kelly Barnhill
A St. Kate's alumna and author, Barnhill received the Newbery Medal in 2017, as well as fellowships from the Jerome Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the McKnight Foundation.

What to Expect

  • All graduating students participating in the Mass and Hooding Ceremony will be dressed in their academic gowns and process together into Our Lady of Victory Chapel.
    • Note: Graduate students do not participate in this Hooding Ceremony, as they are hooded on stage in The O’Shaughnessy during Commencement. Graduate students are still welcome and encouraged to process into the Chapel and sit with other graduating students.
  • The Hooding Ceremony is a tradition incorporated into the Mass, in which students will receive a special blessing and place their graduation hoods upon each other.
  • All graduating students will be individually recognized as they process out of the Chapel. Students consistently describe this tradition as one of the highlights of the Commencement events.

Attending and Bringing Guests

  • Students and families of all faiths are welcome and encouraged to attend.
  • If you or your guests plan to attend, please complete the Mass and Hooding Ceremony section on the Ticket Request Form so we can plan accordingly.
  • Tickets are not required, but as seating is limited, we request that each graduate limit their invitations to the Mass and Hooding Ceremony to four guests.

A sign language interpreter will be provided.

Students are invited to serve as readers and eucharistic ministers during the Mass. Those interested should contact the Campus Ministry Office at campusministry@stkate.edu or 651.690.6724.

  • Commencement Ceremony Parking

    Parking Recommendations for Students and Guests

    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.

  • Tickets

    Commencement Tickets

Tickets are not required for guests or graduating students for the Mass and Hooding Ceremony or the reception.

Assigned Seats in The O'Shaughnessy

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, April 20.

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 conducted by the Student Center & Activities Office.

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.

Overflow Seating in The Pulse and Jeanne d'Arc Auditorium

The University provides overflow seating in the Pulse (first floor of Coeur de Catherine) and the Jeanne d'Arc Auditorium (first floor of Whitby Hall), 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.

Space is provided on the Ticket Request Form to indicate seating needs for:

  • Guests with disabilities (using a wheelchair, walker, unable to climb stairs, visual or auditory impairment, etc.). Wheelchair seating in The O’Shaughnessy auditorium is limited and there is no elevator.
  • Guests that should not be seated together.

Be sure to submit your Ticket Request Form no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 20 to ensure that these seating needs can be met.

After you have received your ticket packet, call The O’Shaughnessy (651.690.6701) if you have any specific questions regarding handicap access to the building.

May 8

Tickets for College for Adult and College for Women students will be available for pick-up at The O'Shaugnessy after Commencement rehearsal. If you are a graduate student or unable to attend rehearsal, please see below.

May 9–18

St. Paul students can pick up tickets at the Coeur de Catherine Information Center (open daily 7 a.m.–midnight), beginning Wednesday, May 9.

Minneapolis students can pick up tickets from Aram Ghomi in the Counseling and Student Development office, Education Building 359 (open M–F, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.), beginning Wednesday, May 9. If you are unable to pick them up during this time, contact Stephen Pearce at srpearce@stkate.edu to arrange pick-up.

May 19–20

During Commencement weekend, tickets will be available at the St. Paul campus from the Coeur de Catherine Information Center (open daily 7 a.m.–midnight).

One hour before each ceremony, tickets will be moved to The O’Shaughnessy ticket window.

Tickets that are not claimed 20 minutes into each 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.

  • your graduation status

    Diplomas, Honors & Student Account Status

    Unsure if you'll be graduating with honors, or when you'll get your diploma? Concerned about your student account's outstanding balance? Make sure you're 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 (jjlewis@stkate.edu 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 (studentaccounts@stkate.edu 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 and final transcripts 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 St. Paul 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.


    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.

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.

The Office of Marketing and Communications also photographs Commencement events. These photos will be used for public relations purposes and are available for viewing on the University's Flickr site.

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 Mass and Hooding Ceremony or the Commencement Ceremony is not allowed.

The Commencement Ceremony in The O’Shaughnessy will be recorded using a professional camcorder. You can purchase an unedited DVD showing each graduate walk across the stage, all Commencement speeches and presentation of special honors. It will only be available in USA standard (Region #1) format and costs $15 (includes S & H).

To purchase one or more copies, please fill use the Commencement DVD Order Form. If you have questions, call 651.690.6211 or email Breanna Berg.

Support Student Scholarships

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!


    Order your academic garb.

    The deadline to order academic garb is Sunday, May 6. Only students who have been cleared to participate by the Office of the Registrar can order garb.

    All students will receive their cap at line-up on the day of Commencement.

    Questions? Email Katy Dillard at kldillard@stkate.edu.