SJU Graduates

Saint John’s University Student Information

Commencement Ceremony

The commencement ceremony will take place on Sunday, May 8, at 2 p.m. in the Abbey Church.

Academic Attire

Traditional academic attire will be worn at commencement (cap, gown and hood). Academic attire will be issued to all degree candidates at the Grad Finale on Wednesday, March 23. Honor cords will be distributed at commencement rehearsal on Friday, May 6.

Grad Finale
Wednesday, March 23, Sexton Commons (outside of the bookstore) – 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

More information here: In the event you are unable to attend Grad Finale, you can pick up your cap and gown at the SJU Bookstore after March 23.

Commencement Ceremony Tickets

Admission to the ceremony in the Abbey Church is by electronic ticket only. Each graduate is entitled to four general admission guest tickets. The number of tickets allocated is based on the number of graduates and the seating capacity of the church. We will not have any extra tickets for distribution. The ceremony can also be viewed in the Stephen B. Humphrey Theater, open to the public at 1 p.m. (no ticket required). Please notify your guests that following the Community Mass on Sunday, everyone must vacate the church. The doors will re‑open at 1 p.m. and entrance will be by electronic ticket only.

Commencement Luncheon

You are entitled to five luncheon tickets (four guests and one for yourself) for the commencement luncheon, which will be served in the Refectory and Guild Hall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Additional tickets can be purchased at the doors of the Refectory and Guild Hall the day of commencement. The cost of the tickets will be $12.60 for adults/ $6.50 for ages 3-10.

Commencement Luncheon Ticket Distribution

Your luncheon tickets will be distributed in the Bookstore on Thursday, May 5, between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and Friday, May 6, between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tickets will be available for off‑campus degree candidates in the Bookstore on Saturday, May 7, between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m., or on Sunday, May 8, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. You must pick up your own tickets and present your I.D. card to claim them.

Ticket Reservations

Each graduate may have up to four guests attend the Abbey Church ceremony. It will be required that all guests be preregistered for tickets for the ceremony. Tickets will be nontransferrable and additional tickets will not be available. Guests will agree to abide by all COVID-19 protocols in place on campus the day of the event. Graduates will receive an email regarding tickets from by mid-April. In this email the graduate will receive an individualized code that must be used to reserve their four guest tickets for general admission. The graduate will receive their guests’ tickets via email within 24 hours of reserving their tickets.

Rehearsal for the commencement ceremony will take place on Friday, May 6, at 12:45 p.m. Rehearsal is mandatory for all graduating seniors. Casual attire is acceptable.

Please line up on the walkway in front of Mary Hall, extending down the walkway past Simons Hall. Line-up information will be posted with numerical and alphabetical markings along the walkway. In the event of inclement weather, line up will be in the Stephen B. Humphrey. If you cannot attend the rehearsal or ceremony, please contact Anastasia Nathe in the Registrar’s Office at

Academic Procession

The academic procession will form at 1:15 p.m. on the walkway in front of Mary Hall. If it is raining steadily at 1:15 p.m., the procession will form on the first floor of the Quadrangle. You will receive detailed instructions as to your proper position in the procession (rain or shine) at the rehearsal on May 6.


On receipt of evidence that all studies undertaken this term have been successfully completed, and that all requirements for the appropriate degree have been successfully met, a diploma will be issued to you. Your diploma will indicate your degree and the date on which it was conferred. An official transcript of academic record attesting to the degree(s) and honors you have received will be mailed to you, along with your diploma, in early July.


We have made arrangements for a professional photographer to take photos when you receive your diploma. You will receive a proof online one week after the ceremony. There is no obligation to purchase, and you will have the option of placing an order for prints. Learn more at

Commencement Livestream

To view the livestream of the ceremony, a link will be added on this website for the 2022 SJU Commencement. There will be a signal available to check your connection 15 minutes prior to commencement.

Archived Video

The commencement ceremony will be recorded. A free YouTube link of the ceremony will be posted to the commencement website one week after commencement.