General Information


If commencement is outdoors, no tickets are needed for general seating.

If commencement is indoors due to inclement weather, all seating in Skoglund Auditorium will require tickets. Each student is allotted three tickets which they may pick up the week prior to commencement in the Scheduling Office of Buntrock Commons. Students are reminded about this. Tickets will be available for pick up by the graduating seniors Monday, May 18 through Friday, May 22, 2015 8 a.m.–5 p.m. A student I.D. is required to pick up tickets.

No tickets will be available after 5 p.m. Friday, May 22.


If you are unable to attend commencement and have not already done so, please contact Jean Callister-Benson in the Office of Special Events at Notice of non-participation needs to be submitted in writing. You will be announced as graduating in absentia at the ceremony. Be sure to check that you have no outstanding accounts with the Business Office, and confirm with the Registrar’s Office that your senior audit is complete and provide them with an updated address for the forwarding of your diploma.

Accessible Seating

Students may exchange up to two of their three commencement tickets for tickets in the physically challenged seating area. Tickets for seating in this area are require whether the ceremony is indoors or outdoors. If someone in your party needs accessible seating, please arrange for your student to get the tickets when they stop in to pick up their tickets. Seating is very limited if the ceremony is indoors.

If commencement is indoors and your party does not need special seating, you may enter Skoglund Auditorium and sit wherever you wish in the bleachers.

Streaming Locations

If the ceremony is held indoors, Viking Theater and The Pause in Buntrock Commons, plus Kelsey Theater, Tomson 280, and the Undercroft and Tower of Boe Memorial Chapel will show the ceremony simulcast. No tickets are required for these venues, but arrive early to ensure seating. An indoor ceremony also will be broadcast via campus TV Channel 15 (only available on campus).


Seating opens at 1 p.m. at all locations. Ticketed seating is held until 1:30 p.m.


The location of the commencement ceremony is announced at Baccalaureate (9 a.m.), posted on the college’s home page (if inside Skoglund), posted in Buntrock Commons, and available through the switchboard at 507-786-2222.

Outdoor commencement ceremonies are held on Manitou Field. No tickets are needed for general seating.

If the weather is inclement or field conditions do not permit an outdoor ceremony, commencement will be held in Skoglund Auditorium. Tickets are needed for entrance; ticketed seating is held until 1:30 p.m. Tickets are available for pick up by graduates the week prior to commencement (see above).

We strive to hold commencement outdoors if at all possible. Please check the local weather forecasts and dress for the weather (i.e. rain gear, hats, umbrellas, water bottles, etc.). There is very little shade near the field.

Senior Rehearsal and Line Up

All seniors participating in commencement MUST meet at Tostrud in cap and gown on Sunday, May 24, 2015 at 12:30 p.m. sharp.

Rehearsal will be held in Tostrud no matter where the ceremony is held. Commencement exercises are complicated and exacting. It is extremely important that you arrive on time so you will be in the right place at the right moment to receive your diploma. During rehearsal, the marshals will walk you through the afternoon’s proceedings step by step: processing to the field, seating, handling yourself on the platform, posing for photographs, post commencement procedures, etc. Tassels will be distributed during rehearsal, and water will be available on the field at designated areas.

Cap and Gown

Seniors can pick up and pay for their cap and gown at GradFest. Tassels will be distributed at rehearsal in Tostrud at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, May 24.


Seniors can pick up their diplomas in the Black and Gold Ballroom after commencement.

Commencement Photos and Videos

DVDs of the commencement ceremony may be purchased for $25.00 + tax (shipping is included). Please allow six to eight weeks for delivery.

Photos of the graduates as they leave the platform will be taken by a professional company, Grad Images. Graduates will receive a passport-sized digital proof of the photo on an order card within five to seven business days following the ceremony. You may pre-register your permanent email address here. After the ceremony you may order online or call 800-261-2576 to order. Grad Images does not share address/email information provided to them with other vendors. Grad Images offer a service to you and are not affiliated with St. Olaf College.