Schedule of Events

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, St. Olaf College’s 2020 Commencement festivities have been postponed and will be rescheduled for a date in late May/early June of 2021.

Please visit St. Olaf’s COVID-19 webpage for specific and up-to-date information.


Students of Color Graduation Celebration

Buntrock Commons, Taylor Center for Equity and Inclusion, 2 – 4 p.m.

Celebrate with us as we honor our students of color and their achievements during their time on the Hill at this festive and heartwarming event.

Early Housing Check-In

Ellingson Hall, 5 – 10 p.m.

Families traveling from afar may wish to spend Friday night in the residence halls. An early housing check-in location will be provided at Ellingson Hall.  If your family and friends will arrive after 10 p.m., please have your graduating senior check in at Ellingson Hall on their behalf.  If you need housing prior to May 22nd, it is necessary to make off-campus arrangements.


Registration and Check-In

Buntrock Commons, Crossroads, 12 – 8:30 p.m.

Celebration Concert with the St. Olaf Band, St. Olaf Choir, and St. Olaf Orchestra

Skoglund Auditorium, 2 – 4:30 p.m.

This combined concert provides an opportunity to celebrate the musical talents of the St. Olaf Band, St. Olaf Choir, and St. Olaf Orchestra, as well as the outgoing seniors in those ensembles. This event is free and open to the public.

2019 Celebration Concert Archive Video

Buntrock Bash

Buntrock Commons, 6 – 8:30 p.m., tickets $35

Graduating seniors and their guests are invited to a strolling dinner reception that offers a taste of St. Olaf’s most beloved food.  Since seating is limited, we will serve bite-sized and grab-and-go items that will be easy to nosh as you mingle and socialize.  The Buntrock Bash will be held throughout Buntrock Commons.  Come when you can, leave when you must.  Tickets are $35 and required for all guests, including graduating and current students.  Ole Cards are not valid for this meal.  Please dress in comfortable clothing and shoes;  casual and St. Olaf attire are highly welcomed!

Illumination Ceremony

Mellby Lawn, 9:15 p.m.

This ceremony honors the graduates as they transition from life as a student to becoming a member of the St. Olaf alumni community. The class lanterns are placed on the Campus Green on Saturday.  We encourage students to locate their personalized lantern sometime during the day, leaving it in place until after the brief ceremony at 9:15 p.m.  At the end of the evening, students may take their lantern home as a remembrance of their time on the Hill.  This event is free and open to the public.

2019 Illumination Ceremony Archive Video



Buntrock Commons, Stav Hall, 7:30 – 9 a.m.
Pay at the door.

Registration and Check-In

Buntrock Commons, Crossroads, 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.


Skoglund Auditorium, 9 – 10 a.m.

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 graduating class. 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 on the Campus Green or inside Skoglund will be announced during Baccalaureate.  This event is free and open to the public.

2019 Baccalaureate Archive Video


Buntrock Commons, Stav Hall, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., tickets required

Enjoy brunch with family, friends, and students.  Tickets (Adults – $13, Children 6-12 years old – $7) may be purchased through the online registration process.  There is no charge for graduating seniors or current students with an active meal plan.  If your current student (non-senior) is planning to attend this brunch and is not under an active meal plan, please select “Adult” when registering this student for brunch online.  Tickets may also be purchased outside of Stav Hall or at the Registration Desk in Buntrock Commons during Commencement Weekend.

Academic Department Receptions

Locations across campus, 12 – 2 p.m.

Graduating seniors and their guests are invited to attend academic department receptions at various locations across campus. A complete list of reception locations will be available at the registration desk on the first floor of Buntrock Commons.

Line up for Seniors

Tostrud Center, lower level, 2 p.m.

Graduating seniors should arrive promptly in cap and gown with tassel in order to rehearse the Commencement Ceremony.

Commencement Ceremony

Campus Green (outdoor) or Skoglund (indoor), 3 p.m.

Commencement is scheduled to be outdoors on the Campus Green between Mellby and Tomson halls; no tickets are required for general seating at this location.  In the event of severe weather or major safety hazards, Commencement will be held in Skoglund Center Auditorium and tickets will be required.  Seniors participating in the graduation ceremony are eligible to reserve up to three tickets.  The decision to hold Commencement on the Campus Green or inside Skoglund will be announced during Baccalaureate.

Accessible seating including sign language interpreting is available on the Campus Green and in Skoglund Center Auditorium.  Inside or outside, the ceremony will be broadcast in Boe Chapel, Viking Theater, and Tomson 280.  No tickets are required at these broadcast locations.

2019 Commencement Ceremony Archive Video

Building and Service Hours


The St. Olaf Bookstore — offering clothing, general reading books, and gift items and located on the first floor of Buntrock Commons — is open extended hours during the weekend:

Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The Cage

Located on the second floor of Buntrock Commons, the Cage offers short-order meals, snacks, beverages, and baked goods.  The Cage is closed on Memorial Day.

Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Stav Dining Hall

Stav Dining Hall offers students and guests all-you-can-eat dining for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Join us for the widest variety of food on campus with several entree choices and a full salad bar. Dessert and beverage selections are included:


Breakfast 8 – 9 a.m.
Lunch 12 – 1 p.m.
Dinner 5 – 6 p.m.


Breakfast 8 – 9 a.m.
Lunch 12 – 1 p.m.
Buntrock Bash 6 – 8:30 p.m. (tickets required);  boxed dinners will be available for those who are not attending the Bash.


Breakfast 7:30 – 9 a.m.
Brunch 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (ticket required, except graduating seniors or currents students with an active meal plan)
Dinner 5 – 6 p.m.


Breakfast 8 – 9 a.m.
Lunch 12 – 1 p.m.
Dinner 5 – 6 p.m.

Rolvaag Library

For Commencement Weekend, Rolvaag Library has limited hours:

Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday Closed

Music Library

For Commencement Weekend, the Music Library has limited hours:

Friday 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed