FAQ

How long does Commencement last?

The ceremony will last about two hours. An informal reception in Stav Hall immediately follows commencement. Everyone is welcome.

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 March 9.

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 will be able to register securely online when registration opens in March.  Meal tickets and housing assignment are not mailed to you but will be held at registration for pick-up when you check in. Please register early. Don’t forget to register your graduating senior!

Where can I order graduation announcements?

Graduation announcements can be purchased through Signature Announcements.

How can I order photos from the ceremony?

St. Olaf works with GradImages to photograph students as they leave the platform. Visit GradImages to pre-register your permanent email address prior to commencement and they will contact you as soon as your photos are ready for viewing. GradImages will contact you by mail following the ceremony with information on ordering photographs. For further information or to view your photos after Commencement, visit gradimages.com or call 800-261-2576.

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

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

Are pets welcome on campus?

We request that you do not bring any animals, other than service animals to the St. Olaf campus.

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.