Frequently Asked Questions

Commencement 2021

What is the date of the CSB Commencement?

The CSB 2021 Commencement Ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. on May 15, 2021. Attendance will be limited, more information will be available soon.

What is the date of the SJU Commencement?

The SJU 2021 Commencement Ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. on May 16, 2021. Attendance will be limited, more information will be available soon.

How will commencement be celebrated for the class of 2021?

Both ceremonies will take place outdoors at Clemens Stadium at SJU to accommodate up to 2 guests for each graduate, in socially distanced seating. In case of inclement weather, the ceremonies will take place at the Haehn Campus Center Fieldhouse at CSB, with graduates only and no guests. Regardless of location, both events will be livestreamed on the commencement website.

I am a grad who cannot attend commencement in person?

To honor our 2021 graduates who cannot attend their commencement ceremony in person on May 15 for CSB grads and May 16 for SJU grads, we invite you to take a photo of yourself in your regalia and submit it to us using the form linked below.


Only photos of graduates in their cap and gown will be included in a picture display posted on the commencement website (with the exception of graduates from the SJU School of Theology).

  • Have your tassel hanging on the left side of your cap  in recognition of earning your degree.
  • You may hold your diploma cover but is not a requirement.
  • Please do not wear a mask in your photo.
  • Make sure you are in focus, looking directly into the camera.
  • Ensure the photo is not too bright, dark, or blurry.
  • Your submitted file must include your first, middle, last name, email address and be at least 1080 x 1080 pixels large.
This form is to be used by 2021 CSB and SJU graduates who are unable to attend their commencement ceremony in person:

Commencement 2021 photo submission

How do I get tickets for the commencement?

Graduates will receive information regarding ticketing via email later in April.

How do graduates get their honor cord?

Graduates being recognized with honors at their commencement ceremony will receive an email from the Academic Affairs office the first week of May regarding pick up times for May 10-12. Pick up locations are as follows:

  • CSB Grads: Upper Mary Commons 200  
  • SJU Grads: Quad 141

If you are unable to pick up your honor cord you may have a friend pickup for you.  You will need to send an email to [email protected].  The email must list the name of the individual who will pick up your honor cord for you.  The person picking up the cord must have an ID for verification. If this is not an option please contact Academic Affairs.

*GPA honor’s for spring 2021 commencement are calculated through fall 2020 semester grade.  Students who qualify for GPA honors at the end of the spring 2021 semester and where not eligible at the time of ceremony may receive an honor cord after your degree is granted.

What are the plans for the “other” usual senior events?

Additional departmental graduation celebrations, honor society inductions, and awards events will follow current CSB and SJU gathering guidelines. Information regarding these events will come directly from those planning the events. Guests and parents will not be invited to these events.

Plans are underway for Baccalaureate Masses to be held on both campuses. Please contact the CSB and SJU Campus Ministry offices for more information and watch for emails sharing this information.

CSB and SJU are currently conducting planning meetings with stakeholders across the institutions including members of this year’s senior class, to determine how we can celebrate their educational accomplishments and their community of friendships built at CSB/SJU over the last four years. While senior events will not be hosted in the traditional way, we are committed to celebrating our seniors in ways that comply with health and safety guidelines. Updated information will be shared via email.

What about commencement for the CSB and SJU Class of 2020?

We are currently making plans to celebrate the CSB and SJU Class of 2020. We will communicate arrangements to our students and parents soon. You may also visit this site for updates:

Will faculty and staff be invited to march at the 2021 Commencement?

Due to limited capacity, faculty and staff will not be able to participate in the 2021 Commencement ceremonies.

Are there arrangements available for special needs or disabled seating for commencement guests?

Special needs and disabled seating will be available through the ticketing process. More information to come.