2020 Commencement Celebration

May 27-28, 2022 

We look forward to welcoming you back in person to take part in the traditions of an on-campus graduation and to fully honor your accomplishments.

The ceremony will be livestreamed and the link will be available on this page the day of the ceremony.

The decision to move the ceremony indoors due to inclement weather will be announced by 9:00 a.m. on this website and on social media. Rain tickets are not necessary to attend the indoor ceremony in Angela Athletic & Wellness Complex.

Schedule of Events

Friday, May 27

4:30 - 6:15 p.m. 

Le Mans Tower Tours

4:30 - 6 p.m.
Handprints on the Wall (Student Center tunnel) 

6:30 - 7 p.m.
Opening of the Circle/Walk Down The Avenue

7 - 9 p.m.
Party on The Island (Class of 2020 registered grads only) 

Saturday, May 28

12 p.m.
Commencement Ceremony, Le Mans Green

Reception in Cushwa-Leighton Library 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. 

Inclement weather information and location will be announced by 9:00 a.m. on May 28.

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Handprints on the Wall (Student Center tunnel)

5 p.m.
Mass in Holy Spirit Chapel, Le Mans Hall 

Contact Michelle Egan, mlegan@saintmarys.edu, with questions. We will continue to update this page with the latest information!

A Look Back at May 16, 2020

Our 2020 Celebration Speakers

Nancy Nekvasil and Bill Svelmoe


Saint Mary’s is pleased to announce former Interim President Nancy P. Nekvasil, Ph.D., as our Commencement speaker for the Class of 2020. Nekvasil was a member of the Saint Mary’s community for 37 years, and was interim president in May 2020 when the class graduated.

“When we were forced to have a virtual graduation, my strongest desire was to celebrate the graduates’ accomplishments with them in person as soon as possible. I am thrilled beyond words to see everyone again and be with the class. It brings me full circle to completing my time at Saint Mary’s College,” Nekvasil said.

Nekvasil holds a doctoral degree from the University of Notre Dame and has been a member of Saint Mary’s Department of Biology for more than 30 years and department chair for nearly a decade. Nekvasil has received many awards and honors during her tenure, including the Maria Pieta Award for extraordinary teaching, the Spes Unica Award for exceptional service to the College, and the Carmi and Chris Murphy Faculty Award for Student Mentorship of the Senior Comprehensive. She has also served the College as provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs. 

Also offering words to the class will be Bill Svelmoe, Ph.D., professor of history, Svelmoe has taught at the College since 2000 and is an active member of the College community. He serves as a faculty representative in the Athletics Department and has acted in a number of Saint Mary’s theater productions.

The Class of 2020

  • Abigail Frances Smedley What I love most about Saint Mary's are the traditions and the friendships I've made that I will cherish forever. Abigail Frances SmedleyElementary Education
  • Abigail Mabry What I love most about Saint Mary’s is the community and the life-long friends I have met here. Abigail MabryBusiness Administration
  • Abigail Marion Seubert Following graduation I will attend graduate school for my master's of marriage and family therapy at Syracuse University in hopes to one day have a private practice. Abigail Marion SeubertPsychology
  • Abigail Mengel My future plans include working on a Progressive Care Unit Abigail MengelNursing Science
  • Alana Cieszykowski I love that the professors here at Saint Mary's make it their life-long mission to help each of their students discover who they want to become. Alana CieszykowskiMathematics
  • Alayna Gabrielle Haff "Wherever you go, go with all of your heart."
    Alayna Gabrielle HaffCommunication Studies
  • Alexa Zapata Fernandez A little girl from Mexico dreamed of receiving her diploma and honoring her people. She worked hard and always believed she could accomplish her greatest goal. She finally did! Esto es para mi gente. Alexa Zapata FernandezPsychology
  • Alexandra Majchrowicz I have been called to be an educator. I will be teaching third grade in Arizona for the upcoming school year. I am sad to leave Saint Mary's and the friends I have made here but am excited for this new chapter of my life. Alexandra MajchrowiczElementary Education
  • Alexandria Balok I love the feeling of home you always get. Alexandria BalokSocial Work
  • Alexis Ann Caron What I love most about Saint Mary’s is how over the past four years it became my home away from home. The community is so much more than the school, I have met my forever friends and made memories that will last me a lifetime. Saint Mary’s will always hold a special place in my heart. Alexis Ann CaronPolitical Science, Global Studies
  • Alexis Lemus I’m ready to start my career as a speech language pathologist! I will be completing my CFY at a pediatric clinic where I will serve children and their families with speech, language, and other communication disorders. I am looking forward to giving back to my community and live out my calling. Alexis LemusMaster's in Speech Language Pathology
  • Alexis Marie Pullara I have a job lined up in the ICU at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, IL. I am very excited and I hope to get a lot of experience so I can become a traveling nurse! My goal is to travel and see as many places as I can to find a beautiful state to live and settle down in and go to graduate school. Alexis Marie PullaraNursing Science