KSOE Commencement Guidelines

 Please note that the Commencement 2020 ceremonies and events have been postponed to a later date. Once more information is available, it will be released to the Saint Mary's Community.       


Please see the below brief message from President James A. Donahue. 

"Given the ongoing health crisis, and the likelihood that large gatherings will continue to be prohibited for the foreseeable future, we have decided to postpone the Spring 2020 Commencement exercises scheduled for May 23 and May 24. We know how significant these events are for our graduates and their families, as they are for the faculty and staff who look forward to this celebration every year. We are very sorry to have to make this change."

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How to get ready for the big day!

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Commencement will take place on Sunday, May 24, 2020.  The processional is at 9:00am and the ceremony begins at 9:30am.

Order academic regalia for the ceremony here.  The order deadline is April 24, 2020.

Note:  Registration for Commencement 2020 was due March 6, 2020 to participate in Commencement.  Registrations received after March 6th, can still receive their degree or credential provided that all required documents are submitted and approved by KSOE program directors.  

Registration is now open for Commencement 2021.

All students who are in a KSOE Credential or Degree Program* and expect to complete their program in the academic year are required to register for commencement and pay the $125 Graduate Commencement and Degree processing fee.  This processing fee is required regardless of participation in the commencement ceremony.

*For students completing a KSOE Degree and Credential Program simultaneously in the academic year, ONLY complete one Graduate Commencement Registration online.  You will only be billed for one fee, $125, to your GaelXpress account.

To complete your program and/or degree, the Graduate Commencement Registration form* for Commencement 2021 must be submitted online no later than Friday, March 5, 2021.  The commencement processing fee will be billed to your GaelXpress account. (To access the registration form, you must be logged in to your "My Saint Mary's" account. If this still poses problems, try a different browser: Mozilla Firefox, Bing, or Safari)

As part of the credential and degree processing, we will run a degree audit to determine if you have registered for all the courses required.  If the audit process discovers any issues, you will be notified by your Program Director.


Degree Candidates:  After you have submitted the KSOE Graduate Commencement Registration form and have met the program requirements, submit your Degree Verification Application form and all relevant documents. The relevant documents include a final unofficial transcript, a copy of your signed dissertation/thesis/project signature page or proof of passing the comprehensive exam if required by your program, email receipt from ProQuest, and email confirmation of your KSOE Commencement registration.

Please view the below deadline matrix for further information about dates for completing your master’s thesis/project within your term.

2019-2020 Master's Thesis/Project Deadline Matrix