Saint John’s University Class of 2023

Commencement Ceremony

The commencement ceremony will take place on Sunday, May 14, at 2 p.m. in the Abbey Church.

Commencement Ceremony Tickets

Admission to the ceremony in the Abbey Church is by electronic ticket only. Each graduate is entitled to four general admission guest tickets. The number of tickets allocated is based on the number of graduates and the seating capacity of the church. We will not have any extra tickets for distribution. The ceremony can also be viewed in the Stephen B. Humphrey Theater, open to the public at 1 p.m. (no ticket required). Please notify your guests that following the Community Mass on Sunday, everyone must vacate the church. The doors will re‑open at 1 p.m. and entrance will be by electronic ticket only. Handicap seating will be available. Secure your tickets HERE.

Commencement Luncheon

Each graduate will receive five complimentary luncheon tickets (four guests and one for the graduate) for the commencement luncheon, which will be served in Guild Hall and the Refectory from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Additional tickets can be purchased at the doors of Guild Hall and the Refectory the day of commencement. The cost of the tickets will be $13.90 for adults/$9.90 for ages 3-10. It is the graduate’s responsibility to pick up their luncheon tickets as instructed in the information sent to them on Feb. 15.

Luncheon Ticket Distribution

Graduates can pick up their five complimentary luncheon tickets from the SJU Bookstore on Thursday, May 11, between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., and Friday, May 12, between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tickets will be available for off-campus degree candidates in the SJU Bookstore on Saturday, May 13, between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m., or on Sunday, May 14, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Grads must pick up their own tickets and present their I.D. card to claim them. Additional tickets will be available for purchase at the doors of Guild Hall and the Refectory.

Ceremony Ticket Reservations

Each graduate may have up to four guests attend the Abbey Church ceremony. It will be required that all guests be pre-registered for tickets for the ceremony. Tickets will be non-transferrable and additional tickets will not be available. Graduates will receive an email regarding how to reserve tickets from [email protected] by mid-April. In this email, the graduate will receive an individualized code that must be used to reserve their four guest tickets for general admission. The graduate will receive their guest’s tickets via email within 24 hours of reserving their tickets.

Academic Procession

The academic procession will form at 1:15 p.m. on the walkway in front of Mary Hall. If it is raining steadily at 1:15 p.m. the procession will form on the first floor of the Quadrangle. Graduates will receive detailed instructions as to your proper position in the procession (rain or shine) at the rehearsal on May 12.


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Commencement Livestream

To view the livestream of the ceremony, a link will be added on this website for the 2023 SJU Commencement. There will be a signal available to check your connection 15 minutes prior to commencement.

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.

Baccalaureate Mass
10 a.m., May 14, Abbey Church

The SJU Baccalaureate Mass will be at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 14 in the Abbey and University Church.