A formal commencement/hooding ceremony is held at the end of the spring term only. Although students "graduate" at the end of the summer and fall term, there is no summer or fall commencement ceremony. Summer and fall graduates can participate in the spring commencement ceremony.
Information with regard to the respective commencement ceremony can be found below:
May 2018 Commencement
Schedule of Events
Thursday, May 3, 2018
St. Thomas University
Chapel of Saint Anthony
Saturday, May 12, 2018
St. Thomas University
Fernandez Family Center for Leadership & Wellness
Monday, February 5, 2018 through Friday, February 9, 2018
Law School Registrar's Office counter
Law School graduation registration begins Monday, February 5, through Friday, February 9, 2018, at the Law School Registrar’s Office.
Joint degree students must register with the both the Law School and the University Registrar; the deadline to register with the University is Thursday, February 1, 2018.
February 26 and 27, 2018
10:00 a.m. 6:30 p.m.
Evelyn and George Goldbloom Convocation Hall
At the graduation expo students will have the opportunity to have their photos taken by Werner Kahn Studios for the graduation program and order class rings and announcements from Jostens.
Students will get the opportunity to order individualized announcements and class rings. Herff Jones individualizes announcements by imprinting graduates' names on the announcements. For those interested in purchasing announcements or class rings, you can do it on February 26, and February 27, 2018, in the Goldbloom Convocation Hall from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Pictures of our graduates will be placed in the graduation program. We would like the program to include photographs of the entire graduating class. There will be a photographer on campus taking graduation photos on February 26, 2018 and February 27, 2018, in the Goldbloom Convocation Hall from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. To help this process run smoothly, you must sign-up for a time slot by visiting the Photo Registration Page.
Students must order their graduation regalia at the University Bookstore by Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Any student wishing to participate in the commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 12, 2018, must stop by the bookstore to be measured for the regalia by the deadline date.
The bookstore is open Monday through Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., and Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Graduation tickets will be available for pick-up around the third week in April. An announcement will be emailed to all graduates when tickets become available.
Presentation of Degrees
Candidates will proceed to the stage with their hoods over their left arm and name card in their right hand. The announcer will call out each name and he or she will be hooded by Dean and another per-selected faculty member. A photograph will be taken of the candidate when the candidate is hooded by the Deans and another when the president shakes the candidate's hand.
Photography at Ceremony
At the commencement ceremony, professional photographers will photograph all candidates a minimum of three different times including the exact moment when each candidate hooded by the dean and shakes hands with the president. Each candidate will be emailed a passport-sized proof image within five days of commencement, along with the opportunity to select from a variety of photo packages, with no obligation to purchase. For more information, contact GradImages at (800) 628-4509. Personal photographs may be taken only before and after the ceremony. Spectators and guests are not permitted in the aisles or on the main floor during the ceremony.