Commencement

Class of 2020

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Online registration is now closed. If you need to register or update you current registration, please email [email protected] or Leila Utsch (SJU registrations). 


The CSB/SJU Class of 2020 Celebration
Saturday, Sept. 11

  • 2 p.m. Combined CSB/SJU Commencement Ceremony, Clemens Stadium, SJU (New location) 
  • 4 p.m. Reception for grads, guests, staff and faculty (including appetizers and hosted bar), CSB Mall
  • 7 p.m. Outdoor concert with Fred Savage and the Unbeatables, Sal’s

The Class of 2020 Celebration is almost here! We have final details in this email for you so please read through everything:

Commencement Location Change
The Class of 2020 commencement ceremony is being moved to Clemens Stadium. The stadium bleachers will be used as seating with a stage on the track. The Abbey Church is being held as a backup location in case of inclement weather. Parking will be available in lots: Mary, Flagpole, Palaestra, Athletic Fields, Science 1. Please note that concessions will not be open during this time so consider bringing a bottle of water with you to stay hydrated during the ceremony. Please share this information with your guests.

Check-in
Check-in will be located at the main entrance to the stadium (across from Mary/Flagpole parking lot) and will take place between 12:30-1:30 p.m. We are requesting that only class of 2020 graduate checks in for their group. Upon arrival, you will receive a packet with tickets for you and your guests, your name card that you will take with you to your seat and drink tickets for the reception at Saint Ben’s.

After you check in, proceed directly into Clemens Stadium. Class of 2020 should sit in sections 103, 104 and 105 (the three middle sections of bleachers). There will not be assigned seating for the Class of 2020 so feel free to sit with your friends and keep your name card with you for the ceremony. Family and friends can sit where they wish within sections 101, 102, 106 or 107 (the side sections of bleachers). Seating for guests is general admission. There will be accessible seating available on the concourse, above the bleachers.

Mask Policy*
Beginning Thursday, Aug. 12, CSB/SJU requires masks indoors and on transportation for all students, faculty, staff and visitors (vaccinated and unvaccinated) as a temporary action. Masks are not required for vaccinated individuals outdoors. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated are expected to wear a mask.

Academic Attire
Caps, gowns, and hoods are OPTIONAL for the commencement procession. Your cap, gown and hood were shipped to you last summer, if you purchased them. If you no longer have your cap, gown and hood, or you did not purchase them in 2020, we will have a LIMITED number of caps and tassels available by request at check-in on a first-come, first served basis. Please note that there are a lot of steps at Clemens Stadium. For the 2020 graduates who are participating in the ceremony, keep this in mind when selecting footwear for this event.

Graduation Photos
GradImages has been contracted to photograph all graduates as they cross the stage at the commencement ceremony. Graduates will receive a digital proof of the commencement ceremony photos from GradImages following commencement. Graduates or family members may order online at GradImages or call 800-261-2576. Any other questions, please contact GradImages Customer Service at (800) 261-2576 or [email protected].

Commencement Live Broadcast
The commencement ceremony will be livestreamed using https://portal.stretchinternet.com/csbsjuadmin/. Click on the ‘WATCH’ button to access the Class of 2020 Commencement. Please share this with your family and friends who are not able to attend in-person.

Class of 2020 Reception & Outdoor Concert
Following the ceremony, join us at Saint Ben’s for a reception on the Mall with faculty and staff. Review a list of the faculty and staff attending. This reception is open to the Class of 2020 and their guests. Parking is available in Lot 5 (across from Gorecki), Lots 8 and 10 (across from the BAC and next to the HCC), the athletic facility, Lot 1 (across from the Main Building) and Lot 12 (the dirt lot).

At 7 p.m., please join us for an outdoor concert at Sal’s with Fred Savage and the Unbeatables.

Evening Transportation
Bus transportation will be provided starting at 9:30 p.m. to the Residence Inn (450 Division Street) in Waite Park. Buses will run every hour (9:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m., 11:30 p.m., 12:30 a.m. and 1:30 a.m.) from the intersection of College Avenue and Minnesota Street, next to the St. Joseph’s Parish. If you are staying at a different hotel, we encourage you to take a rideshare or cab from Residence Inn to your final destination.

See you on Saturday!

Anne Sumangil ’99
Alumnae Relations
College of Saint Benedict

Adam Herbst ’99
Alumni Relations
Saint John’s University

*The CDC and MDH are recommending that indoor masking should be required for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, in any county where the COVID-19 transmission rate is substantial or high. Stearns County is in the high transmission category for COVID-19 at the present time.