Grad Grounds - Graduation Celebrations

Grad Grounds - Graduation Celebrations Grad Grounds - Graduation Celebrations

Post commencement receptions, aka Grad Grounds, is a long standing tradition at SMC.

Celebrate your milestone achievement of graduation with those closest to you right here on campus! Grad Grounds, formerly known as "Plots" is a one of a kind event only at Saint Mary's College. Don't miss your opportunity to celebrate in this unique tradition.

You are free to arrange your reception as you wish. Enjoy a family potluck or have your reception professionally catered. Please review our guidelines for catered events. Applications will be available March 8th at 8:00am

Reception sites are reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis. During the application process, reception sites will remain available until the designated capacity is reached.  Grad Grounds questions may be directed to Meetings, Events, & Conference Services at 925-631-4156 or

Grad Ground Important Dates


March 1st - Grad Fair from 9:00-4:00pm in the Soda Center 

March 8th - Online Applications for Grad Grounds open at 8:00am

March 15th - Online Applications Close at 4:30pm 

March 24th - Receipt Confirmations ( Tentative Assignments and links to Req Docs)

April 14th - All forms of Payment Due by 4:30pm 

April 21st - Assignments will be posted 

May 19th - Undergrads can start setting up for their Grad Grounds 

May 20th - Undergrad Commencement