Students

You want your commencement experience to go off without a hitch, right? Follow the steps below and concentrate on finishing strong in the classroom.

1. Submit Your Graduation Application

All students enrolled in an Associate, Bachelor and Master degree program should submit the online application for graduation (in Forms Central) to inform the university regarding their degree completion plans. Students will receive an email sent to their USF (cougars.sf.edu) email account to invite them to submit the online application for graduation during the academic year. All graduation audits will be conducted in the Registrar’s Office after the graduation application has been received.

2. Order Your Cap, Gown and Announcements

How to Order

You can order caps, gowns, tassels and personalized commencement announcements from CB Graduation Announcements. The last day to order cap and gowns for pickup is Friday, March 10, 2017. Cap and gowns are delivered to both the Fort Wayne and Crown Point campuses during the Graduation Fair. For a small fee, you may choose to have your cap and gown delivered to your home. If you did not place your order by March 11th, you can still pick one up at the bookstore or order online for home delivery.

3. Attend the Graduation Fair

Pick up your cap and gown, receive a special gift from the Alumni Association, and celebrate that you will soon you will be walking across that stage! Virtual Campus students are welcome to attend either the Fort Wayne or Crown Point Graduation Fairs.

Fort Wayne Campus Students

Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (EST) in the Campus Shoppe, lower level of Pope John Paul II Center

Crown Point Campus Students

Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (CST) Conference Room, Crown Point campus

4. Attend Baccalaureate Mass

The Baccalaureate Mass will be offered on Saturday, May 6, 2017 in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The Most Reverend Kevin C. Rhoades, Bishop of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, will celebrate the Mass in thanksgiving for the blessings God has bestowed upon this year’s graduates. The bishop and priests, the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration, administrators, faculty, staff, and all others will honor the graduates.

Arrival information

Graduating students should arrive in their gowns with caps by 9 a.m. in the Cathedral Center, which is next to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, for the Academic Procession. Family and friends may be seated in the unreserved areas of the Cathedral.

Free parking is available adjacent to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception off Lewis Street.

5. Attend Commencement

Arrival information

Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. You must arrive no later than 12:45 p.m. The ceremony will last approximately two hours.

Students, families, and other guests will be directed to park once they arrive at the parking check-in booth by the Coliseum staff. Parking is $5.00 per vehicle (cash only).

Check-in

You will be directed by University of Saint Francis Ushers towards the check-in tables. Staff will provide you with a name card that will be read as you enter the stage.

You will line up behind the sign that indicates your major. Staff will be available to assist you with preparing to enter the ceremony.

Honors

Undergraduate students conferred honors will receive yellow honors cords after they check in. Honors at graduation are not conferred on master degree students.

6. After the Ceremony

Pick Up Your Diploma

Diplomas will be distributed at the Coliseum immediately following Commencement to those who have completed all degree requirements (course work, transfer transcripts received, required exams, financial obligations, and loan exit interviews). Those who have not completed all degree requirements but will have done so by the end of the summer term may still participate in the Commencement Ceremony and receive a diploma case.

Join the Alumni Reception

Immediately following Commencement, graduates and their families/guests are invited to a reception with faculty and staff at the Coliseum to honor the Classes of 1967 and 2017.

Exit Loan Interviews

Students are required to complete exit counseling if they borrowed from any of the following Federal loan programs:

  • Subsidized/Unsubsidized Direct Loans: Exit Counseling should be completed no later than June 5, 2017. Visit studentloans.gov to complete this requirement.
  • Perkins Loans: Students with Perkins Loans need to complete their exit paperwork through University Accounting Service online or call 800.999.6227. If you do not complete your Perkins Loan Exit Interview, you will not receive your diploma on Commencement day.