Spring 2019 Commencement Information

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  • Spring 2019 Ceremony Information

    Commencement Schedule & Details

College for Adults


Friday, May 24


2 p.m. Baccalaureate Liturgy and Hooding Ceremony, Our Lady of Victory Chapel

  • 1:15 p.m. Line up for Baccalaureate Liturgy and Hooding Ceremony, Derham Hall

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

  • 3:15 p.m. Line up for Commencement Ceremony, Our Lady of Victory Chapel

5:30 p.m. Reception, Rauenhorst Ballroom, 3rd floor Coeur de Catherine


Penny Oleson '04 is an attorney with Fredrikson & Byron, focused on employment and energy/environmental law.

Graduate College


Friday, May 24


7:30 p.m. Commencement Ceremony, The O'Shaughnessy

  • 6 p.m. Line up for Commencement Ceremony, Jeanne D'Arc Auditorium, Whitby Hall

9 p.m. Reception, Rauenhorst Ballroom, 3rd floor Coeur de Catherine


Virginia "Ginny" Stoffel '77, PhD, OT, BCMH, FAOTA, is immediate past president of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

College for Women


Saturday, May 25


9 a.m. First Baccalaureate Liturgy and Hooding Ceremony, Our Lady of Victory Chapel

  • 8:15 a.m. Line up for Baccalaureate Liturgy and Hooding Ceremony, Derham Hall

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

11:15 a.m. Second Baccalaureate Liturgy and Hooding Ceremony, Our Lady of Victory Chapel

  • 10:30 a.m. Line up for Baccalaureate Liturgy and Hooding Ceremony, Derham Hall

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

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


Hala Bahmet '92 is a costume designer, currently working on the television show "This Is Us."

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

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.

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.

Attending and Bringing Guests

  • All graduating students and their guests are welcome and encouraged to attend.
  • 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.
    • Note: Graduate students do not participate in this Hooding Ceremony, as they are hooded on stage in The O’Shaughnessy during the Commencement ceremony. Graduate students are still welcome and encouraged to process into the Chapel and sit with other graduating students.
  • During the Liturgy, participating 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.
  • All participating students will be individually recognized as they process out of the Chapel.

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 Center for Spirituality and Social Justice at spiritandjustice@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.

Preparing for Commencement 2019 What to Expect Leading Up to the Ceremony

  • Tickets

    RSVP for Commencement

    Students—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. Due to limited seating in the O’Shaughnessy per ceremony, students are guaranteed a seat for themselves and a pre-determined number of guest tickets based on number of graduation candidates.

    The ticket request deadline has passed. The forms are currently closed.

    Overflow Seating in Coeur de Catherine

    The University provides overflow seating in the Pulse and Dining Room (first floor Coeur de Catherine), where the ceremony will be telecast live. This location is 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.

May 14

Tickets will be available for pick-up during GradFest in Rauenhorst Ballroom, 3–7 p.m.

May 15

St. Paul students can pick up tickets at the CdC Information Center (open daily 7 a.m.–midnight), beginning Wednesday, May 15.

May 16

Minneapolis students can pick up tickets from the Student Life office beginning Thursday, May 16. Please contact Student Life ahead of time to verify office hours.

May 23

Remaining Minneapolis tickets will be moved back to St. Paul campus and available for pick-up at the CdC Information Center (open daily 7 a.m.–midnight).

May 24

Commencement ticket pick-up relocated to 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.

Baccalaureate Liturgy, Hooding Ceremony, and Reception
Tickets are not required for guests or graduating students for the Baccalaureate Liturgy and Hooding Ceremony or the reception.

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.

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.

  • order your garb

    Academic Garb

    Orders are due by May 12.

    You must order your academic garb from our approved vendor.

    • Please note: only students who are cleared by the St. Catherine University registrar's office will be able to order from this site. For questions regarding your graduation clearance, please contact the registrar's office at registrar@stkate.edu or 651-690-6531.

    Your package from Balfour will include everything you need prior to the ceremony (gown, hood, and tassel) and will be sent to the address you specify at the time of your order. Orders can take up to 7–10 days for fulfillment, so please plan accordingly.

    You will receive your cap at the lineup on the day of Commencement.

  • your graduation status

    Diplomas, Honors & 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 (jjlewis@stkate.edu 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 (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 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.


    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 Marketing and Communications Department also photographs Commencement events. These photos will be used for public relations purposes. All graduates will receive an email from St. Kate’s with additional information and access to the online gallery within a few weeks of Commencement.

Graduates, please contact Marketing and Communications at marcomm@stkate.edu if you do not receive an email within one month of your Commencement Ceremony.

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.

Support Student Scholarships

Celebrate your graduation by making a contribution to the Class of 2019 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.


Contact the Commencement Committee at commencement@stkate.edu.