Graduation - Spring 2015

LIVE VIDEO STREAMING OF THE MAY 2015 COMMENCEMENT
A live video of the St. Edward’s University’s Commencement will be available ON-LINE.
Family & friends of the 2015 graduates may begin using the link at 9:45 a.m. CDT on Saturday, May 9, 2015. 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.)
 
HERE YOU WILL FIND TIPS & 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, graduation clearance, & how to dress for graduation. Also find useful checklists & information below for you & your guests.

As St. Edward’s continues to grow, so do our traditions. To accommodate our community, St. Edward’s University will now offer two separate graduation ceremonies: one for traditional undergraduates and one for graduate and New College students. Each ceremony will be shorter, more focused and more personal.

SPRING 2015 GRADUATION CEREMONIES: SAT., MAY 9, 2015
10 a.m.
Traditional Undergraduate Graduation Ceremony
 
Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River, Austin, TX 78701
4 p.m.
New College & Graduate Graduation Ceremony
 
St. Edward's University, Recreation & Convocation Center
 
3001 S. Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78704
UNIVERSITY COMMENCEMENT
The university conducts ONLY two commencement ceremonies each May, one ceremony for ALL Traditional Undergraduate Students and another ceremony for the New College & Graduate Programs here at St. Edward’s University.
  • Students certified to graduate in the Spring 2015 term may walk in the May 2015 ceremonies.
  • Students who will complete ALL degree requirements by the end of Summer 2015 term, may walk in the May 2015 ceremonies. 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 & graduate in August who wish to participate in the May 2015 ceremony MUST COMPLETE the May Graduation Participation Form. Forms are due to the student’s certifying official (School Dean’s Office, New College, or Graduate Advisor) NO LATER than JANUARY 28TH, 2015.
  • August graduates who walk in May will receive their diploma when the degree is posted after the end of the Summer Term & all grades are turned in.
  • Students who graduate in the Fall 2014 term may walk in the May 2015 ceremony.

The May Graduation Participation Form is ONLY required for SUMMER 2015 WALKERS. This form must be filled out by the student & turned into their certifying official (School Dean's Office, New College, or Graduate Advisor) BEFORE JANUARY 28TH, 2015.

GRADFEST – YOUR SINGLE SOURCE FOR GRADUATION

THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 11 A.M. TO 7 P.M., MABEE BALLROOM RAGSDALE CENTER

It’s one-stop shopping for all your graduation needs – caps, gowns, announcements, class rings & more. And you won’t want to miss the great giveaways & prizes, such as gift cards from local hotels & 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 with Flash Photography or call 214-443-9393 for more information.
  • Confirm how your name will appear on your diploma.
  • Clear all financial holds.
  • Discover alumni networking & career services that can help with your job search.
  • Learn about Graduate Programs at St. Edward’s.

HILLTOP SEND-OFF: A CELEBRATION FOR GRADUATES

In the days leading to graduation, St. Edward’s University invites all December 2014 graduates and May 2015 and August 2015 graduation candidates to participate in the Hilltop Send-Off. This series of special events held on campus recognizes the achievements of our graduating seniors and welcomes them as new alumni.

Please note that the Hilltop Send-Off is changing. The Legacy Walk and Red Door Revelry will be reserved for students only, to keep it small and intimate.

LEGACY WALK AND RED DOOR REVELRY
Date: Thursday, May 7, 2015
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Meet at the Recreation and Convocation Center

Students will line up between 5–5:30 p.m., then proceed across campus to exit through the red doors of Main Building. As you exit, you’ll be greeted by faculty, staff and alumni. Enjoy a champagne toast with Dr. Martin and a prayer written for the graduating class.

BACCALAUREATE MASS
Date: Friday, May 8, 2015
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Recreation and Convocation Center

After the Baccalaureate Mass, please relax and enjoy time with your family.

More information about the Hilltop Send-Off can be found at think.stedwards.edu/studentlife/hilltop-send.

ORDERING YOUR ANNOUNCEMENTS
Announcements may be ordered at GradFest or online from CB ANNOUNCEMENTS. Announcements will require 5 business days for delivery. For more information, contact CB Announcements at 1-800-433-0296.
 
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 PHOTOGRAPY using Department Code “P313”. If you have any questions, please visit www.flashphotography.com or call 214-443-9393.
 
KEY DATES FOR SPRING 2015 GRADUATES
Feb 23 Spring Certifications & Summer Participation Requests due.
Mar 2 All transcripts for courses completed in past terms & official CLEP scores due in the Office of the Registrar.
Mar 6 Diploma/Graduation Verification Forms E-mailed to Students
Mar 26 GradFest, 11a to 7p in Mabee Ballroom, Ragsdale Center
Apr 3 Spring Diploma Verification Forms Due to the Office of the Registrar.
May 7 Graduation Practice, 3:30p to 4:30p, Mabee Ballroom, Ragsdale Center
 Legacy Walk and Red Door Revelry, 5p, Recreation & Convocation Center
May 8 Baccalaureate Mass, 6:30p, Recreation & Convocation Center
May 9 Traditional Undergraduate Graduation Ceremony, Frank Erwin Center at 10a
  New College & Graduate Graduation Ceremony, Recreation & Convocation Center at 4p
Jun 1 Deadline for all SEU credits & Spring 2015 transfer credits to be received in the Office of the Registrar.
Jul 10
Diploma Release Date
PREPARING FOR THE GRADUATION & THE CEREMONY

To help you get ready for this landmark day, we’ve put together the following checklists & instructions for you & useful information for your guests:

SPECIAL ASSISTANCE
Any graduates, who will need special assistance during the graduation ceremony due to a physical or mobility challenge, please contact the Office of the Registrar, 512-448-8762 by April 13, 2015.
 
ARRANGE A DIPLOMA PICK-UP
Diploma Release Date: July 10, 2015
If someone else is picking up your diploma, you must provide a Diploma Release Form instructing the Office of the Registrar to release these documents to the person. The Office of the Registrar will need this form BEFORE the person designated on the form comes in. (Fax: 512-464-8851, E-mail: regr@stedwards.edu). Photo ID will be required for pick-up.
 
FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

To avoid any delay in receiving your diploma, you should make arrangements to have your diploma notarized no later than four weeks prior to the diploma release date (July 10, 2015). Contact the Office of the Registrar at 512-448-8747 for more 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 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