Friday, May 23
5–10 p.m. Early Housing Check-In
For those families traveling from afar, you may wish to spend Friday night in the residence halls. An early housing check-in location will be provided at Larson Hall. If you cannot arrive by 10 p.m., please make arrangements with your graduate to check-in at Larson Hall on your behalf.
Saturday, May 24
12–6 p.m. Registration and Check-In
Buntrock Commons, Crossroads
3–5:30 p.m. Celebration Concert
This combined concert provides an opportunity to celebrate the musical talents of the St. Olaf Orchestra, St. Olaf Choir, and St. Olaf Band, as well as the outgoing seniors in those ensembles. This event is free and open to the public.
4:30–7 p.m. Dinner in Stav Hall
Buntrock Commons, Stav Hall
Parents, families, and friends are invited to enjoy the variety of tasty foods offered by the college’s award-winning food-service provider, Bon Appétit. There is no charge for students with a valid Ole Card.
6–8:30 p.m. Senior Soiree
Graduating seniors and their guests are invited to this special celebration that offers a variety of extraordinary cuisine. The Senior Soiree will be held in the Skoglund Fieldhouse, which will be completely transformed into a chic lounge. Come when you can, leave when you must. Food and beverages will be served from 6–8:30 p.m. Business casual attire recommended.
Register early, as this event may sell out. Tickets for students and their guests are required. Ole Cards are not valid for this meal.
9 p.m. Illumination Ceremony and Lighting
This ceremony honors seniors as they transition from life as a student to becoming a member of the St. Olaf alumni community. The class lanterns will be placed on the campus green on Saturday and students are encouraged to locate their personalized lantern sometime during the day, leaving them in place until after the brief ceremony at 9 p.m. Following the ceremony, everyone is invited to the campus green to enjoy the glow of the lanterns while listening to live music. Refreshments will be served.
At the end of the evening seniors may take their lantern home as a remembrance of their time on the Hill.
Sunday, May 25
7:30–9 a.m. Breakfast
Pay at the door.
8 a.m.–2 p.m. Registration and Check-In
Buntrock Commons, Crossroads
9–10 a.m. Baccalaureate
Graduating seniors and their families and friends are invited to gather to worship and give thanks to God for the life and the community that was shared by the Class of 2014. This capstone worship service is led by the college pastors and will feature the St. Olaf Band and the St. Olaf Choir.
The decision to hold commencement outdoors or indoors is made Sunday morning and is announced during Baccalaureate, posted in Buntrock Commons, available through the college switchboard at 507-786-2222, and — if inside — posted on the college home page. Whether commencement is held in Skoglund Center Auditorium or outside on Manitou Field, the ceremony will be broadcast at various indoor locations on campus. No tickets are required at these broadcast locations, but space is limited. Read more details below, under “Commencement.”
10 a.m.–1 p.m. Brunch
Buntrock Commons, Stav Hall
Enjoy brunch with family, friends, and students. Tickets are required. There is no charge for students with a valid Ole Card.
10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Academic Department Receptions
Prior to commencement, seniors and their families are invited to attend academic department receptions at various locations across campus. A complete list of reception locations will be printed in the Schedule of Events, available at Registration.
12:30 p.m. Line-up for Seniors
Tostrud Center, lower level
A light snack will be provided for seniors, who should arrive in cap and gown.
1 p.m. Seating opens for Commencement
2–4:30 p.m. Commencement
Commencement is scheduled to be outdoors on Manitou Field; no tickets are required for general seating at this location.
If the ceremony will be indoors due to inclement weather this decision will be announced in the morning during Baccalaureate. Notices about an indoor ceremony will be posted in Buntrock Commons and on stolaf.edu, and information will be available at 507-786-2222.
Tickets will be required for an indoor ceremony. Each graduating senior is entitled to three tickets for guests. Seniors must pick up their tickets in the main office in Buntrock Commons May 19–May 23. No tickets will be available after 5 p.m. on Friday, May 23. If your family will need more than three tickets, your senior is encouraged to ask classmates for extras. In addition, 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).
Special seating is available at Manitou Field and in Skoglund Center for those who cannot climb bleacher steps. Note that tickets for this section are required whether commencement is indoors or outdoors. Seniors may exchange two out of their three general seating tickets for those in special seating when he or she picks up tickets. If you have questions about seating for physically challenged guests, call the Office of Special Events at 507-786-3811 or email email@example.com. If you will not see your student before commencement, he or she may leave tickets at the information desk in Buntrock Commons.
Shuttles will run between Buntrock Commons and the commencement location.
Campus wheelchairs are limited to emergency use only. If you need a wheelchair for use throughout the weekend, you will need to make arrangements, or bring your own.
4:30 p.m. Commencement Reception
Stav Dining Hall
Graduates and their guests are invited to celebrate together following the ceremony. Seniors may pick up their diploma following the ceremony in the Black and Gold Ballroom, Buntrock Commons. Your personalized lanterns will be at the diploma pick-up location for those seniors who did not collect them on Saturday