SJU Graduates

Saint John’s University Student Information

Commencement Ceremony

The SJU Commencement will take place outdoors on May 16 at 2 p.m. at Clemens Field at SJU. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved indoors to the Haehn Campus Center (HCC) Fieldhouse at CSB with graduates only and no guests.


There will not be a rehearsal held prior to commencement. Please follow the directions specified here regarding what is needed of you the day of your ceremony.

Assigned Seat

Each graduate will have an assigned seat. Your seat number will be the same whether the ceremony is held at Clemens or the CSB Fieldhouse. Please bring that number with you the day of commencement. (Reference the email sent to all grads from Academic Affairs on 5/10/21 for your seat number.)

Assigned Arrival Time

We ask graduates to arrive during their designated time (perhaps even a few minutes early) to allow for everyone to be in their assigned seat prior to the start of the ceremony.

For the outdoor ceremony at SJU Clemens Stadium, graduates will enter Door 1 of the Palestra following the signs to exit Door 17 into the stadium. Ushers will be available to assist you in finding your seat on the turf.

If the ceremony is moved indoors, graduates will enter the Haehn Campus Center upper level, using the stairs that will take you down to the lower level to the Fieldhouse where ushers will be available to assist you in finding your seat.

  • 1:10 p.m. arrival – 1-200 odd seat numbers
  • 1:20 p.m. arrival – 200-400 odd seat numbers
  • 1:30 p.m. arrival – 1-200 even seat numbers
  • 1:40 p.m. arrival – 200-400 even seat numbers
Order of Exercises

A commencement program will be placed on each graduate’s chair. Inside the program you will find the order of the ceremony. Please stand when the processional music begins, the platform party will process onto the stage and remain standing until you are asked to be seated. 

Receiving Your Diploma Cover

Each row of graduates will be signaled by an usher when to stand and move onto the west side of the track to walk to the stage. Once you arrive at the base of the stage ramp, wait for your name to be read, then walk up to the president who will hand you your diploma cover. Please wear your mask to receive your diploma. As you leave the stage area, an usher will direct you to get your photo taken where you can remove your mask for the photo. Ushers will then guide you back to your seat. 

Recessional Information

Ushers will be available to assist in the graduates’ recession out of the stadium. Please do not leave your seat until your row has been dismissed. You will recess out single file starting with the front row, exiting Clemens Stadium through the Palestra and Door 1. As you exit the Palestra please continue to move away from the building to allow the rest of the graduates and guests room to depart. Graduates can meet their guests on Abbey Road (it will be closed to traffic).

Tickets for Ceremony

The ticketing system was open from May 3 – May 9 to select guest seating. Please direct any ticketing questions to [email protected].

Graduate Transportation

In the case of the ceremony moving to CSB HCC Fieldhouse, there will be a shuttle services to and from SJU and CSB available for graduates only and will begin at noon on the day of the ceremony.

  • SJU pick up/drop off location: Warner Palestra parking lot
  • CSB pick up/drop off location: HCC Loop

If you drive to SJU, you will be expected to park in the Flynntown parking lot. Shuttles to transport graduates and guests from the Flynntown parking lot to Clemens Stadium will begin at noon.

Rain Plan

A weather call will be made by 8 a.m. on the day of the ceremony. Location messages will be sent to your CSB/SJU email and your phone number listed in the CSB/SJU directory.

If the ceremony is moved indoors to the CSB Haehn Campus Center Fieldhouse, the ceremony will be for graduates only. All arrival times will be the same. 

Academic Attire

Caps, gowns, and hoods must be worn for the commencement ceremony. If you have not picked up your cap, gown and hood, please do so during Bookstore business hours.

Other Attire

With this year’s ceremony planned outdoors, please dress for the weather. Just a reminder; you will be walking on a variety of surfaces, including uneven surfaces and turf. Sunglasses may be a good option as well but please remove them before receiving your diploma cover.

Honor Cords

Graduates being recognized with honors received an email from the Registrar’s office on 5/3/21. Please pick up your cords in the SJU Registrar’s Office, Quad 163.

  • Pick up Dates: May 4 – May 13
  • Pick up Times: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

If you are unable to pick up during these times, you may ask a friend to pick up on your behalf. You will need to send an email from your CSB/SJU email to [email protected] indicating the person who has permission to pick up your cord. That person will need ID at the time of pickup.

Graduation Photos

GradImages has been contracted to photograph all graduates as they receive their diploma cover at the commencement ceremony and immediately after leaving the stage. Graduates will receive digital proofs of the 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

To view the livestream of the ceremony, go to and click on Class of 2021. The livestream will begin 15 minutes prior to the ceremony.


On receipt of evidence that all studies undertaken this term have been successfully completed and all requirements for the appropriate degree have been successfully met, a diploma will be issued to you. Your diploma will indicate your degree and will be mailed to you in July 2021, in addition to an official transcript of academic record attesting to your degree(s) and honors received. Please be sure the Registrar’s Office has your correct mailing address.

Reminders For Your Guests

Please remind your guests this is an outdoor ceremony in an athletic stadium so they will want to dress accordingly.

Accessibility Accommodations for Commencement Guests

Accessibility accommodations are available upon request. Please direct questions and requests for accessibility accommodations to [email protected]. The commencement ceremonies will have ASL interpretation for those who attend in person. The livestream will include closed captioning.

SOT/Seminary Graduates

The SOT/Seminary graduates will participate in the SJU commencement ceremony on May 16. Cap and gown orders have been placed and will be distributed to graduates through the SOT/Seminary Director of Student Services.

Show Your Pride

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