Undergraduate Commencement

Congratulations, Class of 2022! As you approach the finish line of your undergraduate journey, Saint Mary’s College is planning a traditional, in-person Commencement this year to commemorate your hard work and dedication!

Commencement Accessories

Honors and Veterans
Latin Honors accessories and Veterans cords for Commencement are now available for pick up. Students who are eligible for these items have received an email from the Office of the Registrar with more details.


The undergraduate ceremony rehearsal will start promptly at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 20, meeting in front of the UCU Pavillion. Regalia is not required for rehearsal.

Regalia Deadline

If you have missed the regalia deadline, please contact commencement@stmarys-ca.edu.

Health & Safety

Accessible Seating and Accommodations
Students with disabilities who need accommodations to participate in the Commencement Liturgy, the College Commencement ceremony, and/or the Grad Grounds event should email Julie Scaff, jas37@stmarys-ca.edu, as soon as possible to make appropriate arrangements. The email should include the following: Name of student, SMC ID number, & accommodation needs for each event.

Guests with mobility issues can proceed directly to the accessible seating section. This section is reserved for family members who use wheelchairs or have difficulty walking. Each guest may bring one additional person into the accessible seating section with them. Accessible parking is available, as well as golf carts to help family members get to the ceremony site. Sign language interpretive service is provided as part of the ceremony.

Masking Update
Based on an assessment from SMC Contact Tracing of the increased number of cases both on campus and in the county, as well as the projected increase in cases, we strongly recommended that you and your guests wear a mask all throughout Commencement activities.

Commencement Schedule Reminder

Undergraduate Commencement Rehearsal - Friday, May 20 at 1 p.m.
Undergraduate rehearsal will be held on Friday, May 20 at 1 p.m. Please meet in front of the UCU Pavillion. Regalia is not required for rehearsal.

Commencement Liturgy - Friday, May 20 at 5 p.m.
As is our tradition, Commencement Liturgy will be celebrated at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 20, 2022, at the opening of Commencement Weekend. Our theme “Light for All the World to See” is itself a reminder to our graduates of one of our greatest hopes for them as they leave Saint Mary’s. The liturgy will be a celebration of the Eucharist in our Lasallian Catholic tradition, and all members of our Saint Mary’s Community, whether Catholic or from another faith tradition, are most welcome. Doors will be open at 4:30 p.m.

Undergraduate Commencement - Saturday, May 21 at 9 a.m.
Undergraduate Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2022, at 9 a.m. We ask that graduates arrive two hours prior to the start time (7 a.m.) in preparation for the event. We recommend you inform your guests to expect traffic and allow time to secure parking. The event will also be live-streamed and recorded for guests who are unable to attend the event in person.

Cultural Graduate Celebrations

  • Lavender Grad (LGBTQIA+)  - Thursday, May 12 - 4:30 p.m. (Hagerty Lounge)
  • API Grad - Saturday, May 14 - 9 a.m. (SMC Chapel)
  • Black Grad - Thursday, May 19 - 6 p.m. (Soda Center)
  • Latinx Grad - Friday, May 20 - 8:30 a.m. (SMC Chapel)

For more information, please contact the commencement@stmarys-ca.edu email.