Grad Grounds - Graduation Celebrations

Chapel Lawn PLOTS Reception
Post commencement receptions, aka Grad Grounds, is a long standing tradition at SMC. Grad Ground applications will go live on Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at 8:00am. 

Grad Grounds

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 online by 8:00 a.m. on March 9, 2022. 

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

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