Saturday, May 20, 2017

General Information:

Questions? Please review our Frequently Asked Questions, or contact the Office of Student Involvement at 574-284-4561 or the President's Office at 574-284-4601.

  • Caps and Gowns: The Class of 2017 may pick up caps, gowns and hoods at the "Graduation Fair" on Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 11 am to 5 pm in Rice Commons, Student Center.

  • Seating for Commencement is unlimited if the ceremony is held outdoors. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held in O'Laughlin Auditorium, Moreau Center for the Arts. The decision to hold the ceremony indoors will be made by 9 am the day of the ceremony. Once the decision has been made, it is final. Tickets for admission will only be necessary if the Commencement is held indoors. Each senior will be alloted two (2) tickets for the indoor ceremony in O'Laughlin Auditorium. Once tickets have been distributed, please remember to give them to guests. No one will be admitted to the indoor ceremony without a ticket. LOST TICKETS CANNOT BE REPLACED

    Rain or shine, there will be a simulcast projection of the commencement ceremony on a large screen in Vander Vennet Theatre, Student Center.

    In the event of rain, guests without tickets for admission to O'Laughlin Auditorium will be directed to Vander Vennet Theatre, Student Center to watch the ceremony.

  • Rain Tickets for commencement will be distributed:
    • Monday, May 8 from 10:30 am - 1:30 p.m. in the Student Center Atrium
    • Tuesday, May 9 from 9 am - 3 pm in the Office of Student Involvement, 244 Student Center
    • Wednesday, May 10 from 9 am- 3 pm in the Office of Student Involvement, 244 Student Center
  • Saturday Brunch tickets must be purchased by Monday, May 8, 2017 to ensure reservtions.
    • Prices for the Saturday Brunch if purchased at the door are:
      SMC Student: Free with SMC ID
      Adult (12 and over): $12.00
      Child (5-7): $6.25
    • Brunch times are 8:30-11:30 am in the Noble Family Dining Hall
  • 2017 Commencement on campus housing:
  • Keep your memories of Saint Mary’s alive by purchasing a DVD of Commencement 2017. This professionally recorded video is $40. DVDs can be purchased by:
    1. Calling the College’s Box Office at 574-284-4626.
    2. Order DVD online


Schedule of Events

Sunday, May 7:

Department Hooding Ceremonies (times set by departments)

The core of the Hooding Ceremony is the conferring of the academic hood. The academic hood is the symbol of admission to the community of scholars; in each of its forms (Bachelor, Master, Doctor) it symbolizes a level of academic achievement and is appropriately worn only by those who have reached that level. Hoods are formally presented by the department (or program) in which a student has completed the major program of study. At the ceremony there is also recognition given to students' achievements and contributions.

  • 2 pm, Honors Convocation, location: O'Laughlin Auditorium
    Graduates and faculty, dressed in academic regalia, will process by department for the Honors Convocation. Each academic department holds a ceremony at which seniors receive hoods from faculty. 
  • 4:30-6:30 pm, Senior Athletic Award Reception, location: TBD
    Recognication event for senior student-athletes. 
Monday, May 8:
  • Deadline for submitting brunch ticket order forms and payment to Student Involvement Office; 244 Student Center
Monday, May 15:
  • image: Alumnae BrunchAlumnae Senior Champagne Brunch, 11:30 am
    Noble Family Dining Hall

    One of Saint Mary's finest traditions, this event heralds the entry of the Class of 2017 into the Alumnae Association. Brunch will be served in the dining hall. There is no charge for seniors, but tickets must be picked up in advance from the Alumnae Office, 109-B Le Mans Hall. Tickets for parents and guests may be purchased. Call 574-284-4578 or email for more information.
Thursday, May 18:
  • Multi-Ethnic Commencement Celebration, 6 pm
    Rice Commons, Student Center

    This is an invitation only event.
Friday, May 19:
  • Nurses Pinning Ceremony, 1 pm
    Church of Our Lady of Loretto

    Reception to follow in the lobby of O'Laughlin Auditorium
  • Baccalaureate Liturgy, 4pm
    O'Laughlin Auditorium 
    Students will line up at 3:35 p.m. with the procession beginning at 3:50 p.m.
Saturday, May 20:
  • Graduation Brunch, 8:30 - 11:30 am
    Seniors will be admitted with their IDs. Tickets may be purchased for guests.

Commencement 2017 Ceremony - Saturday, May 20

image: graduates 2006Court of Le Mans Hall 12 pm (noon)
Seniors line up at 11:30 am
Procession begins at 11:50 am

The outdoor ceremony in the Court of Le Mans Hall provides unlimited seating. In the event of rain, however, the ceremony will move to O'Laughlin Auditorium where tickets will be required since seating will be limited. The decision to hold the ceremony indoors will be made by 9 am Saturday morning. Wheelchair access and handicapped seating will be available. 

For graduates:  Instructions for Commencement

Sunday, May 21:
  • Mass, Church of Our Lady of Loretto
    9:45 am and 11:15 am