Information for Graduates

Checklist for Graduates

Here's what both graduate and undergraduate seniors need to know and do to prepare for Commencement.

Petition for Graduation

  • Submit completed petition for graduation form to the Registrar’s Office by March 1.

Clear Holds

  • Confirm there is no hold on your student account.
  • Contact the Financial Aid Office at If you have a hold on your account, you will not be able to order transcripts or receive your diploma.
  • You are responsible for resolving the hold. Because there are different types of holds, contact the office that placed the hold on your account for more information.

Complete Exit Interview

  • Students who are graduating May 2020, August 2020, or December 2020 and who have borrowed Federal Direct Student Loans while enrolled at Saint Mary's, are required by the federal government to complete exit loan counseling before receiving the diploma from Saint Mary's College. Students who need to complete exit loan counseling will see this requirement in the financial aid section of PRISM.
    • All undergraduates and graduate loan borrowers must complete online exit counseling. Online exit counseling can be completed at by logging in with the FSA ID.
    • The online exit loan counseling must be completed no later than Friday, May 8, 2020.
  • Online sessions will be offered to help students with the process, and to answer questions regarding loans. These sessions are not mandatory. These sessions provide graduating students with valuable information on their loan borrowing history and repayment options.

Graduation Fair

Questions? Contact the Office of the President by email at

Cap, Gown, and Hood

  • The Shaheen Bookstore is the regalia resource for Saint Mary's graduates. All undergraduate regalia can be ordered online. The package includes your cap, gown, hood, and tassel. The cost of the undergrad regalia is $56 + sales tax, and is yours to keep. It cannot be returned. Seniors may choose to wait and order their regalia before the in-person ceremony (the date has yet to be determined).
  • Regalia must be purchased by Friday, May 1 to guarantee arrival by May 16. When ordering, you must include your height, weight, and degree information in the special instruction box. Shipping is FREE, but you must click the free shipping option when ordering. In store pickup is not available.

       Graduate students: all rental orders for your regalia have been cancelled.