Commencement

Congratulations to the Class of 2020

UPDATED 9/3/2020:

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Commencement 2020 ceremonies and events that were rescheduled for December 11-13, 2020 have been postponed until May 2021. The health and safety of the Saint Mary’s community and guests is our top priority, and with the current state-mandated restrictions in place, especially those prohibiting indoor gatherings and large events, we are unable to hold commencement in December as originally planned. As more information becomes available, it will be released to the Saint Mary's Community. 

 

CLass of 2020 WEBSITE

On May 23rd, we will launch the special Class of 2020 website which will honor and recognize the graduating class of 2020.  This is not a live event and is not meant to replace or re-create Commencement.  The website will feature messages from the president, provost, valedictorian, and more. You'll be able to view all our graduate pages which include name, major, and honors of each graduate, as well as photos and quotes if grads chose to personalize their page. Students and families will also have the opportunity to see their social media posts on the webpage if they use #SMCgrad2020. 

The Class of 2020 website will launch on May 23, at midnight. 

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New Commencement Dates

We will look forward to celebrating your achievements during the May 2021 Commencement weekend. While the details are still being ironed out, we ask you to please mark this date on your calendar. As more information is available, the Registrar’s Office will communicate directly with undergraduate and graduate, and professional studies students who are eligible for commencement.

Visit our commencement FAQ page to learn more.

Commencement FAQs

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Commemorative Class paver

Your Saint Mary’s College student is about to graduate this spring! If you are looking for a memorable gift to celebrate your graduate’s remarkable journey and hard-earned diploma, we hope you will consider ordering a personalized stone paver. The message to your loved one will be placed at Saint Mary's Joseph L. Alioto Recreation Center Plaza, where generations of proud family members can visit for many years to come. If you order the stone paver now, your graduate can visit their personalized paver when they attend the May 2021 Commencement ! With a tax-deductible gift of $500, $1000, or $2500, you can give your student a permanent, unforgettable gift in commemoration of their achievements at Saint Mary’s. Watch a short video message from Bailey Minardi ‘16. Her dad surprised her with a paver and she shares what this gift has meant to her. Your graduate can have this memorable gift too.

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A message from the Office of Registrar

Dear Class of 2020,

I hope you are staying healthy and safe during this unprecedented time.

In April 2020, President Donahue announced that the May 2020 Commencement would be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, we developed alternative and creative ways to virtually celebrate your graduation and achievements. We also decided at the time that  a rescheduled in-person commencement weekend to honor and recognize the 2020 graduating class in our historic celebratory fashion was to take place in December 2020. 

After having gathered feedback from the Saint Mary’s community, our commencement planning group re-evaluated whether an in-person commencement in December is prudent, especially after the Governor of California and the California Department of Public Health extended orders restricting public and private events and gatherings as a result of an upward spike in COVID-19 cases. There are also restrictions to campus access by those other than essential employees, which are anticipated to remain in effect through the end of the year. 

The health and safety of the Saint Mary’s community and guests is our top priority, and with the current state-mandated restrictions in place, especially those prohibiting indoor gatherings and large events, we are unable to hold commencement in December as originally planned. We will be monitoring the situation closely, and if the Governor of California, the California Department of Public Health, and Contra Costa County eases some of these restrictions, we will look forward to celebrating your achievements during the May 2021 Commencement weekend. More details will be shared at a later time, but we wanted to give you and your families ample time to change any plans you may have already made in anticipation of the originally planned December event.  

Commemorating the successful completion of your academic journey is an honored tradition at Saint Mary’s, and your stellar achievements are deserving of the pomp and circumstance that celebrates your many accomplishments. Saint Mary’s is tremendously proud of you, and we look forward to seeing you at the May Commencement ceremonies for your well-deserved walk across the stage in recognition of a job well done.

Sincerely,
Jou Chau
Assistant Vice Provost and Registrar
Office of the Registrar