FAQ

Where does my student get a cap and gown for commencement?

Students will pay for and pick up their caps and gowns at GradFest – a one stop shop for all their commencement needs. Orders must be placed by May 9.

How long does commencement last?

The ceremony will last about two-and-a-half hours. An honorary degree will be conferred upon President of Estonia Toomas Ilves during commencement, after which he will briefly address the graduating class. An informal reception in Stav Hall immediately follows commencement. Everyone is welcome.

Where can I order graduation announcements?

Graduation announcements can be purchased through Signature Announcements.

Do I need to register for the weekend events?

Pre-registration is required for on-campus housing and for certain meals. All other events during the weekend are free and open to the public. You can register securely online now. Your registration packet will be held at the registration tables in Buntrock Commons throughout the weekend. Meal tickets and name tags will be in your packet. Please register early. Don’t forget to register your graduating senior!

Hotels are full in Northfield. Where else can we stay?

Rooms in the residence halls are available for family and friends who wish to stay on campus for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. The cost is $35.00 per person per night. Each room is furnished with one or two single beds. Bed linens (pillow, sheets, and a blanket) and towels are provided. Bathrooms are not located in your room. You may wish to bring an extra blanket, hangers, an alarm clock, a fan, and sleeping bags for children wishing to sleep on the floor. Keys are not issued for individual residence hall rooms, so we encourage you to leave your valuables at home. Out of consideration for students and guests, pets are forbidden in residence halls. Hotel options are available in the nearby cities of Fairbault, Lakeville, Burnsville, Bloomington, or Eagan. Please click here for more information about visiting St. Olaf College.

Can family members who are unable to attend view events online?

Yes! The Last Lecture, Celebration Concert, Illumination Ceremony, Baccalaureate, and Graduation Ceremony will be streamed LIVE and available on-demand.