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Preparing for Graduation

Commencement Exercises 2018

We are excited to celebrate your accomplishments and look forward to seeing you walk at graduation! We encourage all graduates from fall 2017, spring 2018 and our future summer 2018 graduates to participate! No official college records are updated simply because you attend the event.

Friday, May 11, 2018, 7 p.m.

Chaifetz Arena at Saint Louis University
1 South Compton Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63103

No tickets are required and there is no limit on the number of guests you may invite!

Register to Attend Graduation

Cap and Gown

Caps and gowns are available at any campus bookstore.

Cap, gown and tassel $20.15 plus tax
Phi Theta Kappa gold stole $22.00 plus tax
Extra tassel $2.25 plus tax
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Wear your cap and gown to the commencement exercises, as changing rooms are not available at the Chaifetz Arena. Your cap should sit on your head horizontal to the ground, not perched at an angle and the tassel hangs on the right side.

Graduation Announcements

Printed graduation announcements with envelopes are available for purchase in your campus bookstore.

Chaifetz Arena Parking & Arrival Information

Directions and Parking: Please view the Chaifetz Arena Parking and Directions directions. Ample parking is available in seven nearby lots and garages. A free shuttle service will be provided from the Olive/Compton Parking Garage. Please note, parking fees are cash only and vary by event. All lots are subject to availability based on your time of arrival.  

Arrival Information: Graduates should arrive through the VIP Entrance on the west side of the Chaifetz Arena by 6 p.m. Signs will be placed around the Arena to assist in locating the VIP Entrance. Guests can enter Chaiftez through any of the public entrances. 

Following the program, graduates will exit the arena through the south loading dock on the lower level and will walk back to the north entrance to meet friends and family.

Graduation Checklist

You must apply to graduate, even if you do not plan to walk at the commencement ceremony.

  • Degree Audit
    Run a degree audit each term before registration.
  • Transcripts
    Make sure you have submitted all transcripts by reviewing your Application Checklist.
  • Apply for Graduation
    If you meet all graduation requirements, complete the
    Application for Graduation form with an advisor. Submit the application to the Enrollment Services office by the priority deadline for the semester you wish to graduate:
    • Summer Graduation - June 20
    • Fall Graduation - October 7
    • Spring Graduation - March 1
      Applications received after the priority deadline will be processed, however, it is possible that your name will not be printed in the graduation program.
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