Commencement

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 last approximately 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 last approximately 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.

My family has a drone. Can I bring it the Commencement ceremonies to take pictures?

Drones will not be allowed in the Stadium or Turf Field during Commencement Weekend (Friday, May 26, 2017 - Sunday, May 28, 2017).

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?