Congrats,
Class of 2020


Fall 2020 Virtual Commencement
Saturday, Dec. 5 | 1:30 p.m.

Virtually celebrating our graduates.

In just a few months, our Fall 2020 graduates will have achieved the milestone of earning a degree from St. Mary’s University. As the leadership of St. Mary’s considers what is best for the health and safety of our University family, we have decided to host a virtual graduation ceremony to electronically celebrate graduates’ commencement of studies to premiere on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 1:30 p.m.

Additionally, you and your loved ones are invited to participate in a Diploma Pickup and Stage Walk on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 9 a.m. to noon. Graduates receiving their bachelor’s, master’s or Ph.D. may walk the stage to receive their diploma. Graduates are encouraged to wear their regalia.

If government guidelines for COVID-19 change, the University may implement alternative plans for graduation celebrations, which may include cancellation of in-person events.

  • Fall 2020 Commencement


    Virtual Commencement
    Saturday, Dec. 5
    1:30 p.m.

    Diploma Pickup and Stage Walk
    Saturday, Dec. 12
    9 a.m. to noon


Fall 2020 Graduates

Fall 2020 graduates, check your University email for important announcements regarding regalia, photos, name pronunciation and more.

Summer and Fall 2020 graduates will be celebrated with a virtual Commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 5, premiering at 1:30 p.m. on Youtube, and a Diploma Pickup and Stage Walk on Saturday, Dec. 12.


Fall 2020 Diploma Pickup and Stage Walk

Saturday, Dec. 12
9 a.m. to noon*

Bill Greehey Arena

Graduates and four guests are invited to celebrate their commencement of studies on Saturday, Dec. 12.

Graduates receiving their bachelor’s, master’s or Ph.D. may walk the stage to receive their diploma* on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 12. Graduates are encouraged to wear their regalia.

Stage walk time will be designated by last name. Graduates, find your time below under the first letter of your last name and plan to arrive up to 30 minutes prior to your time.

*Diplomas will not be released to graduates who have a hold with the University.

  • A to F
    9 to 10 a.m.

  • G to O
    10 to 11 a.m.

  • P to Z
    11 a.m. to noon

Graduates and up to four of their guests may arrive on campus up to 30 minutes prior to their time slot. Once you arrive, head to the Alumni Athletics & Convocation Center, on the Bill Greehey Arena side, to check in. Do not enter the arena at that time unless directed to do so. After checking in, you will receive a text alert letting you know when it is time to walk the stage. When you receive the text, head back to the check-in station and someone will assist you into the arena lobby. 

Once inside the lobby, you’ll be directed to cross the stage and your guests will be directed to an area in front of the stage. As you cross the stage, your family may take photos. Once you are done crossing, you will exit back into the lobby to pick up your diploma and Commencement program.

Graduates and guests may not wait inside the lobby or arena unless directed to do so. Masks must be worn at all times and you and your group must practice social distancing when inside the arena.


Spring 2020 Graduates’ Stage Walk

Saturday, Dec. 12
9 a.m. to noon

Bill Greehey Arena

Spring 2020 graduates are invited to return to campus to walk the stage on Saturday, Dec. 12, between 9 a.m. to noon.

Graduates and up to four of their guests may arrive on campus anytime between 9 a.m. and noon. Once you arrive, head to the Alumni Athletics & Convocation Center, on the Bill Greehey Arena side, to check in. Do not enter the arena at that time unless directed to do so. After checking in, you will receive a text alert letting you know when it is time to walk the stage. When you receive the text, head back to the check-in station and someone will assist you into the arena lobby. 

Once inside the lobby, you’ll be directed to cross the stage and your guests will be directed to an area in front of the stage. As you cross the stage, your family may take photos. Once you are done crossing, you will be directed to exit through the lobby.

Graduates and guests may not wait inside the lobby or arena unless directed to do so. Masks must be worn at all times and you and your group must practice social distancing when inside the arena.


Commencement Countdown

Review a timeline of all events and deadlines leading up to Commencement. Graduates, check your University email for updates, announcements and more information regarding Commencement.

Apply for graduationApril
Reminder to apply for graduationMay
Deadline to apply for graduation: 3rd Friday of the semesterFriday, Sept. 4
Registrar’s Office provides degree audit resultsSeptember
Deadline to order caps, gowns, announcements and international sashesSunday, Oct. 18
Email is sent to all commencement participants to verify their name pronunciationOctober
Deadline to submit photos for the virtual ceremonyMonday, Nov. 2
Regalia is distributed via mailNovember
Virtual Commencement ceremony is heldSaturday, Dec. 5
Diploma Pickup and Stage Walk is heldSaturday, Dec. 12

Spring 2020 Graduates

The Class of Spring 2020 celebrated via a virtual graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 9. Spring 2020 graduates will forever be remembered for their determination to adapt and overcome the most daunting of challenges.

Spring 2020 graduates are invited to walk the stage on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 9 a.m. to noon.

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