On Dec. 6, December 2016 graduates gathered for rehearsal at O’Shaughnessy auditorium in preparation for their commencement ceremony on Dec. 21. With graduation looming so near, there was already a distinct air of excitement attached to everyone as they entered their names for door prizes and picked up their tickets for family members.

Graduating students are starting to receive their garb in the mail, heightening the excitement for the beginning of the rest of their lives!
Graduating students are starting to receive their garb in the mail, heightening the excitement for the beginning of the rest of their lives!

The schedule for Dec. 21 was handed out and questions answered about where graduates should go and frequently asked questions addressed. The general schedule, reported by Bre Berg who is the point person for all things graduation, is as follows:

  • Graduates will line up in their respective areas at 6:00pm
    • Associate Degree Candidates: Frey Theater
    • Baccalaureate Candidates: Rehearsal Hall (Music Building)
    • Graduate Degree Candidates: Recital Hall (Music Building)
  • Procession begins at 7:00pm (all families must be seated at this time)
  • [The] Ceremony begins at approximately 7:30 and is expected to be no more than 2 hours long.

If you are planning to attend the Hooding Ceremony prior to graduation, line up will take place at 4:15 p.m. outside the Center for Women in Coeur de Catherine. This is not a required ceremony, but according to Curt Galloway, Dean of Student Affairs, this is a ceremony that has been especially meaningful to graduating Katies in the past, perhaps even more so than commencement itself. It is also a reflection of the University’s Catholic tradition.  This is a ceremony where graduates honor each other and where friends and family can come to honor their graduate prior to walking across the stage to receive their degree. Undergraduates encircle the chapel, give the person next to them their hood, and each person has a chance to hood the person next to them as a sign of honor and togetherness in this great accomplishment.

After the commencement ceremony, there will be a reception held in the ballroom on the third floor of Coeur de Catherine. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Graduates are guaranteed three tickets that will gain their family members entry into O’Shaughnessy auditorium. It is possible to request a fourth ticket, but requests will be granted as seating is available. If you require a fourth ticket, you should send an email to Bre Berg (bmberg@stkate.edu) in order to have your name on the request list. If graduates are looking to bring more than three guests or if their family members with accessibility needs are not able to get a seat on the main floor, overflow seating will be in the Pulse where the commencement ceremony will be live streamed.

With graduation comes many mixed feelings of excitement and sadness that often comes with great change. Lauren Crepeau, Communications Studies and English double major ’16, will be one of the student speakers on the night of graduation.

“[Graduation] has definitely hit me. Some days in a good way, and some days in a bad way,” said Crepeau. “Good in that I cannot wait to be done and unleash myself on the world– I hope it’s ready– and bad in that my time at St. Kate’s will be over and I will miss seeing my friends almost every day and engaging in amazing discussions with faculty and other peers.”

Lauren looks forward to personally congratulating the December 2016 graduates during her speech. She looks forward to spending the month of January traveling around Denmark and Sweden.

For more information about graduation for graduates and families of graduates, visit the commencement website. If you have any further questions, all inquiries should be directed to Bre Berg.