Commencement has been moved indoors to Angela athletic center. Tickets are required

Countdown to Commencement

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Schedule of Events

On this site you will find a brief summary of events that lead up to the big day. Look for a Commencement recap in the upcoming weeks.

Important general information:

  • Questions regarding Commencement? Please review our Frequently Asked Questions , or contact the Office of Student Involvement at 574-284-4561 or the President's office 574-284-4601.
  • Seniors: Remember - it will be your responsibility to communicate all important details to your parents and guests.
  • Caps and Gowns: Pick up your caps, gowns and hoods on Thursday, March 31 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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 Angela Athletic Facility. The decision to hold the ceremony indoors will be made by 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning. Once the decision has been made, it is final. Tickets for admission will only be necessary if the Commencement exercises are held indoors. Each senior will be alloted five (5) tickets for the indoor ceremony in Angela Athletic Facility. If you will not be using all of your tickets, please return them to the Office of Student Involvement. Once tickets have been distributed, please remember to give them to your guests. No one will be admitted to the indoor ceremony without a ticket. LOST TICKETS CANNOT BE REPLACED. Please contact Campus and Community Events (574-284-4625) if special seating is needded in Angela Atheltic Facility if the ceremony is held there due to inclement weather.
    Rain or shine, there will be a simulcast projection of the commencement ceremony on a large screen in O'Laughlin Auditorium as well as in the Vander Vennet Theatre in the Student Center. If the ceremony is held outdoors, guests who wish to go indoors to watch the ceremony may do so - O'Laughlin Auditorium is air-conditioned. In the event of rain, guests without tickets for admission to the Angela Athletic Facility will be directed to O'Laughlin Auditorium or the Vander Vennet Theatre to watch the ceremony.
  • Rain Tickets for commencement will be distributed:
    • Monday, May 9 from 10:30am.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the Student Center Atrium
    • Tuesday, May 10 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in the Office of Student Involvement
    • Wednesday, May 11 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in the Office of Student Involvement
    • If extra rain tickets are available, they will be distributed on a first-come-first-served basis on Thursday, May 12 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Office of Student Involvement, 244 Student Center. We are unable to hold/reserve rain tickets for family by phone or email. The graudating senior must pick them up in person. No one will be admitted into the ceremony (if held in Angela because of weather) without a ticket.
  • Advanced discounted Saturday Brunch tickets must be purchased by Monday, May 2, 2016 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 a.m. in the Dining Hall
  • 2016 Commencement on campus housing:
  • Keep your memories of Saint Mary’s alive by purchasing a DVD of your 2016 Commencement. This keepsake is shot professionally and is available for $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 1:

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 serious 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 her major program of study.  At the ceremony there is also recognition given to achievements and contributions too numerous to be cited at the Honors Convocation. 

  • Honors Convocation - O'Laughlin Auditorium 2:00 p.m.
    Seniors and faculty, dressed in academic regalia, will process by department for the Honors Convocation. Each academic department will plan a ceremony at which seniors receive hoods from their faculty. The Convocation also includes the recognition of College and departmental award recipients.
  • Senior Athletic Award Reception - Earley Conference Room, Student Center from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Recognication event for senior student-athletes.  Parents of senior student-athletes are invited.
Monday, May 2:
  • Deadline for submitting brunch ticket order forms and payment to Student Involvement Office; 244 Student Center
Monday, May 9:
  • 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 2016 into the Alumnae Association. Brunch will be served in the dining hall. There is no charge for seniors, but tickets must be picked up May 2,3, or 4 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., from the Alumnae Office, 109-B Le Mans Hall. Tickets for parents and guests may be purchased. Call 574-284-4578 or e-mail: for more information.
Thursday, May 12:
  • Multi-Ethnic Commencement Celebration - Rice Commons Lounge, Student Center, Thursday, May 12 at 6:00 p.m. This is an invitation only event.
Friday, May 13:
  • Nurses Pinning Ceremony - 1:00 p.m. Church of Our Lady of Loretto.
    Family and friends are invited to share in this ceremony which celebrates the start of professional careers for nursing graduates. Reception to follow in the lobby of O'Laughlin Auditorium.
  • Baccalaureate Liturgy - 4:00 p.m. Angela Athletic Facility.
    Students will line up at 3:35 p.m. with the procession beginning at 3:50 p.m.
Saturday, May 14:


Commencement 2016 Ceremony, Saturday May 14th

image: graduates 2006Court of Le Mans Hall 12:00 noon.
Seniors line up at 11:30 a.m.
Procession begins at 11:50 a.m.

The outdoor ceremony in the Court of Le Mans Hall provides unlimited seating. In the event of rain, however, the ceremony will move to Angela Athletic Facility where tickets will be required since seating will be limited. The decision to hold the ceremony indoors will be made by 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning. Wheelchair access and handicapped seating will be available. Electrical power will not be provided for those wishing to videotape the ceremony.

Saint Mary's College will be contracting with a professional company to record the 2015 Commencement ceremonies on DVD so that you can relive the excitement and share the experience with others who were not able to attend.  The DVD may be ordered through the Saint Mary's College Office of Special Events.  Call 574-284-4625 for details.

Seniors: Please read these Instructions for Commencement


  • Vigil Mass-- 4:00 p.m. - Regina Chapel
Sunday, May 15:
  • Mass -
    9:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Church of Our Lady of Loretto