Graduation - Spring 2014

Tips and resources to help you prepare for your big day.
Review the following details to make preparing for graduation easier, including what you'll need to do for certification, request for ceremony participation (for Summer 2014 graduation candidates), graduation clearance, and how to dress for graduation. Find useful checklists and information below for you and your guests.

Live Video Streaming of the May 2014 Commencement
A live video of the St. Edward's University 128th Commencement will be available ON-LINE.
Family and friends of the 2014 graduates may begin using the link at 9:45 a.m. CDT on Saturday, May 10, 2014. There will be no charge for viewing the commencement. No registration is required, simply click on "watch" to view the video. (Also for your convenience, the commencement video will be archived & available for future viewing.)
University Commencement
The university conducts one commencement ceremony each May.
  • Students certified to graduate in the Spring Term 2014 may walk in the May 2014 ceremony.
  • Students who will complete ALL degree requirements by the end of the Summer Term 2014 may walk in the May 2014 ceremony. If it is determined that meeting degree requirements is not possible by the end of the Summer Term, the student may NOT walk in May.
  • Students planning to complete all degree requirements and graduate in August 2014 who wish to participate in the May 2014 ceremony must complete the May Graduation Participation Form. Forms are due to the student's certifying official (School Dean's office or New College or Graduate Advisor) prior to the certification deadline February 24, 2014.
  • August graduates who walk in May will receive their diploma when the degree is posted after the end of the summer term and all grades are turned in.
  • Students who graduate in the Fall 2013 Term may walk in May 2014.
The May Graduation Participation Form is ONLY Required for SUMMER 2014 WALKERS. This form must be filled out by the student & TURNED into THEIR ACADEMIC ADVISOR BEFORE the OFFICIAL CERTIFICATION DATE (February 24, 2014).

Hilltop Send-Off: A Celebration for 2014 Graduates, Friday, May 9, 2014

On the eve of graduation, St. Edward’s University invites all December 2013 graduates and May 2014 and August graduation candidates, and their families and friends to participate in the Hilltop Send-Off. This special event held on campus recognizes the achievements of our graduating seniors and welcomes them as new alumni.

The Hilltop Send-Off will begin with Baccalaureate Mass to be celebrated in the Recreation and Convocation Center at 6:30 p.m. St. Edward’s is honored to have Most Reverend Joe S. Vásquez, DD, STL, Bishop of the Diocese of Austin preside.

Following Baccalaureate Mass, graduates will participate in a Legacy Walk at 7:15 p.m. The Legacy Walk will take them through the heart of campus and the historic red doors of Main Building, symbolizing the completion of their academic careers and entry in the St. Edward's alumni community. Family and friends are invited to await the graduates' arrival as they exit the red doors of Main Building.

The Red Doors Revelry at 8:00 p.m. a festive reception in the Robert and Pearle Ragsdale Center. Participants will enjoy a Champagne toast and graduates will receive a special gift from the Alumni Office and have the opportunity to connect with their classmates and professors.

Graduates are welcomed to participate in all events or just the ones of their choosing. If you would like to participate in just the Legacy Walk, please come to the Recreation and Convocation Center parking lot by 7:30 p.m. in your cap and gown, (do not wear your hood).

6:15p Graduates & Faculty Members should arrive at the Recreation & Convocation Center in cap & gown (do not wear your hood) for procession into Mass.
6:30p Baccalaureate Mass
7:15p Legacy Walk *Weather Permitting* - Graduates arrive in your cap & gown (do not wear your hood), at the Recreation & Convocation Center parking lot, where graduates will line up & begin the procession. Family & friends will walk to the Main Building lawn.
8:00 - 10:00p Red Doors Revelry - Reception in Robert and Pearle Ragsdale Center
For more information on the Legacy Walk & Red Door Revelry ONLY, please contact: Lisa Furler,

GradFest - Your Single Source for Graduation, Thursday, March 20, 11a.m. to 7p.m., Mabee Ballroom, Ragsdale Center

It's one-stop shopping for all your graduation needs — caps, gowns, announcements, class rings and more. And you won't want to miss the great giveaways and prizes, such as gift cards from local hotels and restaurants. Plus you can:

  • Have your graduation portrait taken with Main Building as the background. It's a one-time opportunity at GradFest. Caps, gowns and ordering information are provided at the event. Order portraits online from Flash Photography or call 214-443-9393 for more information.
  • Confirm how your name will appear on your diploma.
  • Clear any financial holds.
  • Discover alumni networking and career services that can help with your job search.
  • Learn about graduate programs at St. Edward's.

Ordering Your Announcements
Announcements may be ordered at GradFest or online from CB Announcements. Announcements will require five business days for delivery. For more information, contact CB Announcements at 1-800-433-0296.

Ceremony Date and Location
Spring 2014 graduation ceremony:
  • Saturday, May 10, 2014, 10am
  • Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River, Austin, TX 78701
Key Dates for Spring 2014 Graduates
Feb 24 Spring certifications & Summer participation requests due to the office of the Registrar.
Mar 3 All transcripts for courses completed in past terms, and official CLEP scores due in the Office of the Registrar.
Mar 3 Graduation information emailed to candidates' SEU email accounts.
Mar 20 GradFest scheduled from 11am to 7pm in Ragsdale Center, Mabee Ballroom.
Apr 4 Spring diploma verification forms due in the Office of the Registrar.
May 8 Graduation Practice, 3:30p-4:30p, Mabee Ballroom.
May 9 Baccalaureate Mass, 6:30p, Recreation and Convocation Center.
May 9 Legacy Walk, 7:45p, Graduates arrive in your cap & gown (do not wear your hood) at the Recreation & Convocation Center parking lot. Family & friends will walk to Main Building lawn.
May 9 Red Doors Revelry, 8:30p-10p, Main Building.
May 10 Graduation Commencement at Frank Erwin Center, 10:00a.
Jun 2 Deadline for all SEU credits and Spring 2013 transfer credits to be received in the Office of the Registrar.
July 11 Diploma release date.
Preparing for Graduation and the Ceremony
To help you get ready for this landmark day, we've put together the following checklists and instructions for you — and useful information for your guests.

Special Assistance
Please contact the Registrar's office at 512-448-8762 by April 25, 2014, if you will need assistance during the ceremony due to a physical or mobility challenge.

Arrange a Diploma Pick Up
If someone else is picking up your diploma and/or transcripts, you must provide a written and signed statement instructing the Office of the Registrar to release these documents to the person. The person will be required to show a photo ID in addition to the signed letter of instruction.

For International Students
To avoid a delay in receiving your diploma, you should make arrangements to have your diploma and transcripts notarized no later than four weeks prior to the date diplomas are available. Contact the Office of the Registrar at 512-448-8762 for detailed information.

Graduation Honors
A student must complete 60 hours of credit in residence at St. Edward's with the appropriate grade point average in order to be eligible for graduation with honors. Credit by examination will not be counted in the 60 hours for graduation honors.

Graduate students with a 4.0 are recognized at Honors Night, not the graduation ceremony.

Undergraduate students will receive recognition during the ceremony for the following distinctions:
  • Cum Laude for a point average of 3.50
  • Magna Cum Laude for 3.70
  • Summa Cum Laude for 3.90

Commencement Photographs
Flash Photography
will photograph each graduate twice at the commencement ceremony as they exit the stage. Free proofs will be mailed to each graduate within a week of the ceremony. For discounted pricing and expedited service, order online from Flash Photography using Department Code "P313". If you have any questions, please visit or call 214-443-9393.