Graduate and Professional Studies Commencement

Graduate Student FAQs

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 has 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. 

Commencement FAQs

On May 23, 2020, 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. Students participating in Commencement will automatically have a personalized graduate profile that will include their name, major, and honors. Students will also be given the opportunity to submit additional information to their page, such as a photo, quote, SMC memories, and links to their social media accounts.

Students can submit their information for the Class of 2020.

Personalize Your Graduate Page


How do I know if I'm eligible to graduate? Eligibility is determined by individual schools.  Please refer to your program office for additional information.

Please contact your department for information on how to become eligible for commencement.

Graduate Business: Catherine Barbagallo 925-631-8716
Graduate 925-631-8834
MFA in Creative Writing: Sara Mumolo 925-631-8556
MFA in Dance: Roberta Chavez 925-631-8183
LEAP: Stephanie Miller 925-631-4538 925-631-4700

Can I get more information regarding commencement portraits?

Please visit this link for more information.

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

Is there a reception following the ceremony?  

This year the reception will be held on the chapel lawn. 

How can I order graduation announcements?

If you would like to order online, we also have that option available.

Can I walk across the stage with my children? We are thrilled that your family members have joined you in celebration of your achievements. For the safety of yourself and your children, no children will be allowed to accompany you as you walk across the stage. Please feel free to come back to the front of the stage following the ceremony for a photo opportunity with the whole family.