Graduation Fair

Graduation Fair

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Grad Fair is Thursday, March 28, 2024 from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Soda Activity Center.

Kick off Spring Break by visiting Grad Fair to pick up your Commencement Regalia, learn about all of the events during Commencement Weekend, check in with SMC offices, and meet local vendors for your Undergrad Grad Ground party (aka plots)!

If you have registered to participate in Commencement, come to the Grad Fair to pick up your complimentary regalia (cap, gown, tassel and hood), guest tickets, view personalized announcements, class jewelry, diploma frames, alumni merchandise and more. Graduands will also have opportunities to win prizes! You could win a free diploma frame from Jostens to show off your achievement.

Can't make it to Grad Fair? Order your academic regalia online on Friday, March 29th through Thursday, April 18th; shopping charges will apply. The complimentary regalia ordering site will close on Friday, April 19th.

Grad Fair will feature campus representatives from Alumni, Career Center, Meetings, Events & Conference Services (Grad Grounds information), Registrar's Office, Intercultural Center, and many more helpful staff members. Additionally, a number of vendors will be on-site event rental companies and local caterers are also invited in case you missed the Grad Grounds Showcase on Thursday, March 7th.

  1. Upon arrival, graduands will check-in; please have your photo/SMC ID ready. Graduands will receive a Grad Fair Passport for navigating the event exhibitors as well as entering to win prizes.

  2. Go to the Jostens booth to pick up complimentary academic regalia, purchase discounted gift bundles (details attached), order personalized announcements or class jewelry.

  3. Visit SMC booths: Alumni, Student Disability Services, Grad Schools KSOE, SEBA, SOLA & SOS

  4. Pick up your Commencement Tickets from the MECS booth

  5. Stop by CollegeWear if you want to order a Personalized Stole.

  6. Visit the ICC booth to sign up for Cultural Celebration(s)

  7. Take your official Graduate Portraits with a free sitting by our official Commencement Photographer; proofs available online after Grad Fair if you would like to purchase photos.

  8. Decorate your Cap; free supplies will be provided, and please feel welcome to bring your own supplies if you’ve already got your unique design in mind.

  9. Visit Grad Grounds vendors to plan your plot party! Tentative assignments are coming March 29th. Remember, we provide the plot - YOU plan the party.

  10. Turn in your Grad Fair Passport after visiting at least eight (8) booths for a chance to win a FREE Alumni Sweatshirt from the SMC Spirit Shop, a FREE Diploma Frame or a FREE Class Ring from Jostens, or or your 1st Choice Grad Grounds Plot from MECS.


Commencement Regalia and Accessory Vendors


Our official Commencement Regalia partner will be showing personalized announcements, class jewelry options and selling discounted bundles which include a diploma frame, SMC stole, and SMC Logo Zipper pull. Use the Stolebuilder to create a custom SMC stole with your area of study, class year, and other custom text and images.

Website: Jostens for Saint Mary's College of California


SMC has partnered with CollegeWear to provide graduates the option to order custom stoles to represent campus affiliations, clubs, Schools and more.

Website: CollegeWear for Saint Mary's College of California

diFranco Photo

Capture this milestone achievement with our official Commencement Photographer; diFranco Photo will provide complimentary sittings for professional graduate portraits. Proofs will be made available to graduands with the options to purchase portraits. 


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Participating Vendors



Check-out our Shop Commencement page for class rings, graduation announcement, leis and much more

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