What events should graduates plan to attend?

Commencement Rehearsal

  • Friday, May 24, 2013                      
  • 12 noon                        
  • Stadium

All graduates must attend this practice at 12 noon in the Stadium to receive instructions before going through the Commencement ceremony. Directions regarding the progression of the event will be given, and the Reader of names will be available for consultation regarding the proper pronunciation of more difficult names. The practice usually runs one hour. Please be punctual.

Commencement Mass

  • Friday May 24, 2013                          
  • 5:00pm                                     
  • McKeon Pavilion

Students of all faiths, their families and friends, are cordially invited to participate in this celebration. You do not have to be Roman Catholic to attend. It is a time for giving thanks and praise for gifts given and received while at Saint Mary’s College, and for asking a blessing on the graduates and their future lives.

Graduates will arrive at and enter McKeon Pavilion between 4:30-4:45 pm and go directly to the seats that have been reserved for you. Please be on time. Unlike the Commencement Ceremony, you will not sit in alphabetical order or by academic department. Wear your gown but not the cap or hood. No tickets are needed for this event. Please be mindful that the Commencement Mass is a religious celebration that calls for proper respect and decorum from all in attendance. Graduates should wear “shoes” for the Mass, no “flip flops” (aka “slippers”) due to the hazard that is presented by the tarp on the Pavilion floor.

Commencement Line-Up

  • Saturday, May 25, 2013
  • 8:30am                                     
  • Practice Field

Graduates must be lined up by their appropriate schools and in alphabetical order by 8:45 am so that the Commencement can begin on time. The lineup will take place on the Practice Field outside of the stadium. You should be in full academic dress: cap, gown, and hood. IMPORTANT: Allow yourself enough time for arrival (sometimes up to two hours!) since both traffic and parking are major challenges on this day. We will not wait for you. If you are late you must line up at the end of the line and your name will be called out of order.

Undergraduate Commencement                    

  • Saturday, May 25, 2013
  • 9:30am
  • Stadium

The Commencement is a time to celebrate the culmination of your undergraduate college life. It is a time for sharing with family, friends, faculty, and staff the joy and result of your effort. It is a time to thank those most responsible for helping you arrive at this moment.

Note: The joy and dignity of Commencement make it a memorable event for everyone. None of us want that memory marred by inappropriate conduct. Alcohol is prohibited at the Commencement Ceremony. Also, please remain in your place at the end of the ceremony until the faculty and administration have passed between you down the aisle.

Grad Fair

  • February 26, 2014
  • 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Soda Activity Center

The Graduation Fair is designed to be a one-stop shopping experience for all undergraduates graduating in May. The Graduation Fair is scheduled for Wednesday, February 26, 2014 10 am to 4 pm and will be held in the Soda Activity Center on Campus. SMC representatives (e.g., Registrar, Alumni, Career Center, etc.) and vendors (e.g., Jostens, various caterers and rental companies providing reception furnishings from tables to tents, etc.) will be in the Soda Activity Center to discuss your concerns and graduation needs.  Please budget at least one hour to talk with the different representatives and to gather all the pertinent information you will need (cap & gown viewing, personalized announcements, diploma frames, etc.) to make your graduation a tremendous success. It's a fun experience, and we will be communicating with you more about this after the second semester starts.

Class of 2014: Zero Year Reunion

  • 7:00pm
  • Location TBA

All Seniors are invited to celebrate their academic success and entrance into the Alumni Association on Thursday, May TBA, 2014 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. with dinner, music and dancing. The evening will honor Senior Class picks for Staff, Faculty and Senior of the Year as well as contributors to the Senior Gift Campaign. The event is semi-formal and FREE for all seniors.  RSVP to the Office of Alumni Relations online at alumni@stmarys-ca.edu or (925) 631-4200.

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