Celebrating Our Students

Commencement season at Saint Mary’s is an exciting time for our students, their families, and our faculty and staff. On this page you will find helpful information about commencement events for all programs. 

We deeply apologize for the technical issues that our external vendor experienced while livestreaming our Saint Mary's University undergraduate commencement ceremony Saturday, May 7. They were unfortunately unable to fix the issue during the ceremony, and it appears to have also affected the recording of the program. If there is any option to share even a portion of the recording early next week, we will let you know. We know this day is and was incredibly important to all of our graduates and their friends and family, and we share in your disappointment. We will do all we can to ensure this never happens again. We are enormously proud of the Class of 2022, and apologize again that this occurred.

May 7, 2022

Baccalaureate Mass – 8:30 a.m. (Saint Thomas More Chapel)

Commencement Ceremony – 11:00 a.m. (Gymnasium)

Reception – following ceremony


SMU 2022 Commencement PDF

Any student who will complete all degree requirements by May 3, 2022, is eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony.  Students who will not satisfy all graduation requirements by May 3rd must request permission to commence by filling out the necessary form provided by the registrar’s office.  Questions on eligibility for participation in the commencement ceremony should be directed to the Office of the Registrar (registrar-win@smumn.edu).  Participation in commencement is not a certification of graduation.

Graduates are limited to four guests for the commencement ceremony.. Tickets should be requested through the Google form made available to you. Please understand that only those guests with tickets are permitted at the ceremony in the Gymnasium. ou may have additional guests on campus. Those guests may attend and watch the ceremony via livestream in the Page Theatre or the Gym Lobby. Tickets are not required for the alternative venues. Since the ceremony will be livestreamed, those unable to attend on campus may view it from other locations as well.

Priority seating for guests with disabilities is available. Please discuss this seating with the Provost’s Office.

Caps and Gowns
Distribution of caps and gowns will begin the week of April 18, 2022 via campus mail. You will receive an email notification that you have a package to pick up in a parcel locker which can be accessed at a time convenient for you.

Name Pronunciation: In an effort to assist the administration with announcing names correctly at commencement, we will be using flipgrid technology. Graduate should access the appropriate link below and recite their full name (first, middle, & last) by April 29th so we have the correct pronunciation. The instructions are clear and it will take less than a minute of your time.

Commencement Rehearsal: Seniors will rehearse for commencement on Friday, May 6, at 10:00 in the Gymnasium.

Road Construction in Winona

Road construction began on April 11th on Hwy 43/Mankato Ave. between Sugar Loaf View and Belleview St. in Winona. Between now and mid-May, construction will be focused on the Hwy 61/Hwy 43 intersection and along Hwy 61. There will be a reduced number of travel lanes. Please also look for turn lane and lane closure signs. Traffic congestion is expected to continue through this work zone, so travel delays are likely.

This construction may impact travel to and from campus for commencement if you are staying in hotels on the east end of Winona. More information about the construction is available under the Updates tab at this website.

You can sign up for project-specific email updates here. Those updates, with details on the construction, are being sent out weekly every Friday.

Accessibility Accommodations
Priority seating for guests with disabilities is available. While space is limited, we can accommodate one additional person to be seated with a guest in this section. Tickets in this section are included in the four ticket allotment. Please email academicaffairs@smumn.edu or call 507-457-6678 if seating is required in this section. 

Fresh Flowers will be available for purchase at the ceremony from The Commencement Group. Flowers can also be pre-ordered online at: https://www.thecommencementgroup.com/smumn/

To respect the dignity of the ceremony and allow everyone to see their degree candidates recognized, guests are not allowed on the gym floor. Lifetouch Photography will photograph each degree candidate during the ceremony. Images will be available for viewing online at www.events.lifetouch.com approximately one week after the ceremony. Questions regarding photographs should be directed to Lifetouch at 800-505-9496.

Commencement Accessories
Graduation accessories are available through Herff Jones, Inc. at herff.ly/winona

Commencement Ceremonies

We will hold two in-person commencement ceremonies to celebrate our SGPP students. Both ceremonies will be held off-site at Orchestra Hall.

  • Saturday, Jan. 22, at 10 a.m., Saint Mary's will celebrate SGPP students who graduate in the summer and fall.
  • Saturday, June 4, at 10 a.m., Saint Mary's will celebrate SGPP students who graduate in the spring.

More Details and Livestream

We invite students, their families, friends, and supporters to take part in celebrating graduating students and all of their academic accomplishments.

Generally, any student who will complete all degree requirements by April 24, 2022, is eligible to participate in the January 22, 2022, commencement ceremony.

Students intending to commence in June are required to submit their Application for Graduation and Commencement which is located on the homepage of their Student Portal. Please direct questions regarding academic eligibility requirements to your program staff.

Diplomas will be mailed to you as soon as it is received on campus, if financial obligations have been met. Jostens requires a minimum of  four weeks to process diploma orders.

Diploma and official transcripts will not be released for any student who has an outstanding balance with the Business Office. For questions on your financial status, contact Student Central at 612-238-4566.

Find Us in Winona

Saint Mary's Hall, Room 29
Winona Campus
Hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Registrar's Office
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
700 Terrace Heights, #37
Winona, MN 55987-1399
800-635-5987, Ext. 1501

Find Us in the Twin Cities

La Salle Hall
Twin Cities Campus
Hours: Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Student Central
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
2500 Park Avenue
LaSalle Hall 158
Minneapolis, MN 55404-4403
Phone: 612-238-4566 or 866-437-2788
Fax: 612-728-5121