Commencement Weekend Activities

Commencement Mass, Friday, May 26, 2017 McKeon Pavilion at 5 p.m.

Undergraduate Commencement, Saturday, May 27, 2017, SMC Stadium
Processional begins at 9:00 a.m., ceremony at 9:30 a.m.

Graduate and Professional Studies Commencement, Sunday, May 28, 2017, SMC Stadium
Processional begins at 9:30 a.m., ceremony at 10 a.m.
Post commencement reception on the Chapel Lawn

President James Donahue

Message from the President

Commencement is an exciting time on every college campus. At Saint Mary's, it acknowledges our students' academic achievements and reaffirms the continuing vitality of the campus. The granting of baccalaureate and graduate degrees is celebrated through long-standing traditions, as well as reflections on the opportunities ahead. These webpages provide important details and information regarding graduation and the activities scheduled for Commencement Weekend, May 26-28, 2017. If you have questions after reading this material, please contact the Commencement Office at (925) 631-8300.

Commencement Countdown-Streaming Live into Your Home

Commencement Frequently Asked Questions

What are the dates for Commencement?

The traditional undergraduate ceremony is on Saturday, May 27th, 2017. The Graduate and Professional Studies ceremony is on Sunday, May 28th 2017.

What time does Commencement start?

The undergraduate processional will begin at 9:00 AM. The Ceremony is scheduled to start at 9:30 AM and will approximately last 2.5 hours.

The graduate and professional studies processional will begin at 9:30 AM. The ceremony is scheduled to start at 10:00 AM and will approximately last 2 hours.

What time should I arrive at Saint Mary’s?

We recommend that you arrive 2 hours prior to the ceremony on Saturday and 1.5 hours on Sunday.

Why should I arrive so early?

Traffic will be extremely heavy both of those mornings, which may impact your arrival time. Parking will also become limited.

How do I get to Saint Mary’s?

Where do I park for Commencement?

Can I park an RV on campus? Parking is very limited on Commencement Weekend. For this reason, we do not allow RV parking on campus.

Where I can stay that is near Saint Mary’s?

Where do I sit for Commencement?

Seating for guests is available on a first come, first served basis. Seating for Saturday opens at 6:00 AM and at 7:00 AM. on Sunday. Commencement takes place in the stadium with open seating for family, friends and guests. No special tickets are required.

What if I need ADA seating accommodations?

Do I need tickets for Commencement?

Tickets for Commencement are not necessary since seating for guests is available on a first come, first serve basis.

Do I need to RSVP for Commencement?

RSVPs are not needed because seating for family and friends is available on a first come, first serve basis.

When are the 2017 Grad Fairs?

The undergraduate Grad Fair is on Wednesday, March 15th, 2017.

The graduate and professional studies Grad Fair is on Thursday, March 16th, 2017.

I’d like to attend a cultural graduation. How can I find out more information?

I’ve heard about “the plots”. What are they?