Saint Martin's University Commencement for 2020
Saturday, May 9, 2020, 10 a.m.
Marcus Pavilion

Volunteer registration will be open soon.

Tickets for commencement

Tickets are required for entry. We regret that we cannot make any exceptions. Each graduating student will receive six (6) tickets for the ceremony. Graduating students can pick up their tickets, along with their cap and gown, at the Graduation Fair held in the Norman Worthington Conference Center on April 30, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Children under the age of 3 do not need a ticket.

Seating accommodations and arrival

Doors will open at 9 a.m. for all attendees and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Marcus Pavilion has limited ADA seating available and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. No more than one family member may sit with the person who needs ADA seating to maximize the number of ADA seats available for those who require it.

Baby carriages and strollers are not allowed inside the Pavilion or the Norman Worthington Conference Center. Please plan accordingly.

Commencement photography

Photos of each graduate on stage will be taken by GradImages. For more information about how to register for and purchase photos, visit

We kindly ask that audience members remain in their seats during commencement to allow the rest of the audience an unobstructed view of their graduate.

Caps and gowns, rings and announcements

Graduating students can pick up their cap and gown at the Graduation Fair held in the Norman Worthington Conference Center on April 30, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rings can also be ordered at Graduation Fair or the University Bookstore. Order your announcements from CB Announcements.

Graduating with honors

Undergraduate students are eligible for honors if they have completed their last 32 hours in residency and have a cumulative GPA of:

3.50–3.69 Cum laude
3.70–3.89 Magna cum laude
3.90–4.0 Summa cum laude

Honor cords will be distributed on the day of commencement when the undergraduate students check in at the Grand Staircase.

Schedule of events for 2020

Below is a list of related events, including events leading up to Commencement. In addition to the main Commencement at 10 a.m., the University hosts several program-specific ceremonies and events prior to to Commencement. We will share a complete schedule as details become available.  

  • Graduation Fair

    April 30, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    Norman Worthington Conference Center

    Graduation Fair, also known as Grad Fair, is a one-stop-shop event where all graduating students can pick up their commencement tickets as well as their cap and gown. They can also order rings, consult with Student Financial Services and the Career Center, and get their pictures taken. 

  • Alumni Reception

    May 9, immediately following Commencement
    Lawn near the base of the Grand Staircase

    The Saint Martin's National Alumni Board will host a reception for all graduating students and their families immediately following Commencement. The reception is in a large tented area on the campus lawn west of the Grand Staircase. No reservations or tickets are required for this event.