Take care of all of your senior needs at one time and place:
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
11 a.m.–1 p.m. and 4–7 p.m. (arrive as your schedule permits)
Buntrock Commons Ballrooms
If you are an early graduate or will be off campus please notify Julie Larson in the Bookstore about who you are sending as your GradFest proxy.
Allow one hour to take care of the following details:
- Get information about Commencement Weekend — the weekend in May that you and your friends and family can celebrate your graduation.
- Record the pronunciation of your name so that it’s read correctly at Commencement.
- Pick up your cap and gown at GradFest with your $35 fee (cash, check, credit card, or Ole Dollars). Note that the gown fee increases to $40 for orders placed after GradFest. Remember: if you plan to participate in Commencement, you are required to wear a black cap and gown.
- Get information about ordering graduation announcements, diploma frames, and class rings.
- Register for Senior Days.
- Pledge your gift to the Senior Gift Campaign.
- Vote for your favorite professor to give the Last Lecture.
- Register to win prizes.
Who will be there?
Office of College Events
The Office of College Events coordinates Commencement Weekend and all of its activities for seniors and their families. This is your chance to ask questions and register. They will also be checking to see if you’ve selected your indoor ceremony seats.
- Prior to GradFest, students must reserve their cap and gown online with Jostens by March 9. Pick up of gowns and payment of $35 is due at GradFest (cash, check, credit card or Ole dollars accepted). For orders placed after GradFest, the purchase fee is $40.
- After you complete the Piper Center’s First Destination (see below), you will pay for your cap and gown at GradFest and take them with you.
Piper Center for Vocation and Career
Help us help you with your transition to post-college life by completing the “Class of 2016: First Destination” survey. Piper Center staff members will be available with information about “next steps” after you walk across the stage on Commencement Day. When your survey is complete, you will receive your cap and gown.
The Financial Aid Office will be at GradFest with information for students who have borrowed Federal (Stafford and Perkins) loans during their years at St. Olaf. When students graduate they are required to complete exit counseling for the Stafford and Perkins loans. Information will be provided on how to complete the online exit counseling. Information also will be provided on loan repayment and loan consolidation. Loan information will not be specific to a particular borrower. The information will be general information meant for anyone who has borrowed. Find information about your student loans here.
St. Olaf Fund
Meet with your Senior Giving Campaign representative and make your pledge and give to your class gift. Learn more information about the Senior Giving Campaign.
Learn about requesting transcripts.
Student Activities Committee
SAC will provide information about Senior Days and be selling wristbands ($20 – cash, Ole Card, check, and credit card accepted). This is also your change to cast your vote for the professor who will deliver “The Last Lecture.”
Vice President for Student Life Greg Kneser will read graduates’ names at the commencement ceremony. Stop by to make sure he knows the correct pronunciation of your name.