Commencement FAQs

What happens if it rains?
In the event of rain, the ceremony will move to Angela Athletic & Wellness Complex, and tickets will be required with limited seating. 

Each graduate will be allotted five (5) tickets for an indoor ceremony.

If the decision is made to move commencement indoors, it will be announced to the campus community via email, social media, and the College website.

Saint Mary’s commencement ceremony is also broadcast live on the web. 

The simulcast is shown on campus in O'Laughlin Auditorium, Moreau Center for the Arts, starting at 12 pm (noon) on Saturday, May 18 for those who don't have commencement tickets but are in town to celebrate graduation.

My elderly relatives are going to attend. Is there somewhere indoors they can watch the ceremony? 
Yes. With commencement taking place outdoors on the Le Mans Green, the ceremony will be available via live broadcast indoors — rain or shine — on a large screen in O’Laughlin Auditorium, Moreau Center for the Arts. 

Where can I find out about wheelchair accessibility on campus? 
Visit the campus map with accessibility areas marked.

I'm coming from out of town. Where can I locate information about area lodging and meals? 
You can find information at Visit South Bend - Places to Stay.

Is there housing available on campus commencement weekend? 
Yes, dorm rooms are available for rent. The rooms are $75 per-night for a single; $85 per-night for a double; and $95 per-night for a triple. To reserve housing, a “Commencement Housing Form” — separate forms are required for each room reserved — and full payment must be received by Friday, April 5, 2019.

Can I wear stoles, medals, and honor cords, and decorate my cap, for Saturday's commencement ceremony?
Approved stoles given by Saint Mary's organizations are permitted at commencement, in addition to Saint Mary's medals and honor cords. For a list of approved stoles visit the "Stoles and Honor Cords" page.

Graduates shouldn’t decorate their caps.

Stoles, medals, and honor cords are also permitted at Baccalaureate Mass and Honors Convocation.

When and where do I get my cap and gown or announcements and how much? 
Regalia may be purchased at the Saint Mary’s Bookstore. The average cost of cap, gown, tassel and hood is between $75 and $80.

Announcements may be ordered directly through Balfour’s website.

A Graduation Fair will be held on Wednesday, March 27 from 11 am to 5 pm in Rice Commons, Student Center. This is an opportunity to get information on commencement and connect with the Saint Mary’s Alumnae Association.

Graduates may also buy cap and gown, class ring and commencement announcements at the Graduation Fair.

For additional questions, call the President's Office at 574-284-4603.