February Letter to CSB Students

The Commencement ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 11 at 2 p.m. in the Haehn Campus Center Clemens Field House.  

ACADEMIC ATTIRE:  Traditional academic attire will be worn at commencement (cap, gown, and hood).  Academic attire will be issued to all degree candidates at the Grad Finale on March 14.  Honor cords will be distributed at commencement rehearsal on Friday, May 10.  A $60 commencement fee has been added to your December account to defray the cost of the academic attire and meal tickets.  

GRAD FINALE:  Thursday, March 14 – Gorecki 204 - 10:00 a.m.  – 6:00 p.m.

We encourage you to attend this important event to check your eligibility for graduation and pick up your cap and gown! You may also purchase diploma frames, announcements, and jewelry from the Sisterhood Collection. You may have your picture taken in a cap and gown and register for prizes.  

In the event you are unable to attend the Grad Finale on March 14, you may pick up your cap, gown and hood at the CSB Bookstore on Monday, May 6 through Friday, May 10 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., and Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY TICKETS:  Admission to the ceremony in the field house is by ticket only.  Each graduate will receive four (4) tickets for her family members and guests to attend the ceremony in the Haehn Campus Center Clemens Field House.  Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. for Commencement seating in the Field House (handicap seating will be available).  Additional seating will be available, without tickets in the Escher Auditorium in the Benedicta Arts Center, there your guests will view the ceremony on the big screen TV. You may also view the ceremonies on channel 100 in all student housing.

Your packet of commencement ceremony tickets will be available for pick up at the CSB Bookstore
Thursday, May 9 through Friday, May 10, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., and, Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.   Please note:  If you not going to be using each of your commencement tickets, it would be helpful if you let me know, we could then pass them along to classmates needing extra tickets.  Thank you! 

GRADUATION MASS We invite you and your guests to attend either of the Graduation Masses as an important part of your special day.  It is a time to give thanks for the wonderful years at the College of Saint Benedict and for all of us to pray for each of you and bless you on your next ventures.

There will be two opportunities to attend graduation mass – 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Bishop Donald Kettler will preside at these Masses will take place in the Sacred Heart Chapel. 

If you would like to participate in a Liturgical Ministry for your Graduation Mass (Eucharistic Minister, Lector, Gift Bearer, etc.) please contact us at [email protected].    

MEAL TICKETS Each graduate will receive five (5) complimentary meal tickets.  You will need one of the meal tickets for yourself.  The meal will be served in the Gorecki Center from 10 a.m.  – 12:30. p.m.  

When and where to pick up your meal tickets for a particular seating time:

Tuesday, May 7 and Wednesday, May 8 from 4 - 5 p.m. in Gorecki Fireside Lobby

Thursday, May 9 and Friday, May 10 from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in the culinary services main office, across from Gorecki Center room 120.

You may purchase additional meal tickets on Saturday, May 11, in the Gorecki Fireside Lobby beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Cost of these tickets is:

Adults - $12.75

Child (4-12) - $7.50

3 years and under – free   

REHEARSALRehearsal will take place Friday, May 10 at 3 p.m.     

Please line up on the lawn between the Haehn Campus Center and the Benedicta Arts Center.  Line-up information will be sent by e-mail and posted with numerical and alphabetical markings on the sidewalk.  In the event of rain, line-up will be in Claire Lynch.  Rehearsal is mandatory for all graduating seniors.  If you cannot attend rehearsal or ceremonies, please contact Anastasia Nathe in the Registrar’s Office at [email protected]

PHOTOS: GradImages will be photographing all graduates as they receive their diploma at the Commencement ceremonies.  Cap and gown portraits will also be taken at Grad Finale. 

Graduates will receive a digital proof of the commencement ceremony photos from GradImages within two weeks following Commencement. Then graduates or family members may order online at Grad Images or call 800-261-2576.  Any other questions, please contact GradImages.com customer service at 800-261-2576. 

COMMENCEMENT LIVE BROADCAST: For relatives and friends unable to attend commencement, the ceremony will be live streamed. 

To view the live broadcast, go to the CSB/SJU Commencement webpage at www.csbsju.edu and look for a link to the 2019 CSB Commencement webcast.  There will be a signal available to check your connection 15 minutes prior to the ceremony.  

ARCHIVED VIDEO: The commencement ceremony will be recorded.  A free YouTube link of the ceremony will be posted to the commencement website one week after commencement.  

DIPLOMA: On receipt of evidence that all studies undertaken this term have been successfully completed and that all requirements for the appropriate degree have been successfully met, a diploma will be issued to you. Your diploma will indicate your degree and the date on which it was conferred.  An official transcript of academic record attesting to the degree(s) and honors you have received will be mailed to you, along with your diploma, in early July.