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 eligible to graduate 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. Register to Attend

Register to attend Mass and/or Commencement and get tickets though Eventbrite – please note guest tickets will be distributed in late April.

3. 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 Sunday, March 7, 2021. 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. For students that still need to order their associates, bachelors or masters commencement gown, you can order on the website until April 16 with standard shipping and April 23rd for overnight shipping and these will be sent directly to you.

4. Attend the Senior Week Open House

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 Open Houses.

Fort Wayne Campus Students

April 6th – 8th, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the Campus Shoppe, lower level of Pope John Paul II Center.

5. Attend Baccalaureate Mass

The Baccalaureate Mass will be offered on Saturday, May 1, 2021 in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. This Mass complements the freshman Matriculation Ceremony when students first enter the University, and before their family and USF faculty and staff, receive a USF medallion. 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 the graduates. The 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.

6. Attend Commencement

Arrival information

Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 1, 2021, at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Doors open for check-in at 12:30 p.m. Closer to commencement, students will be given a specific time to arrive between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. Graduates must arrive no later than 1:30 p.m. The ceremony begins at 2:00 p.m. will last approximately two hours.

Parking is $6.00 per vehicle (cash only).

Check-in

Graduates will be directed by University of Saint Francis Ushers towards the check-in tables. Staff will provide a name card that will be read on-stage. Graduates will line up behind the sign that indicates the correct degree. Staff will be available to assist in preparation 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 graduate-level degree students.

Photography

GradImages is the official photographer for Commencement. A professional photographer will take individual pictures of each graduate as they are about to receive their diploma. Each graduate will receive a free passport-sized digital proof of this photograph on an order card following the ceremony, along with instructions on how to order photos. To pre-register contact information to receive proofs even faster electronically and/or add family and friends to view Commencement photo proofs, visit the Grad Images site and click on “Pre-Event Registration.” To contact GradImages with questions following Commencement, call 800-261-2576 or email ecc.giservice@gradimages.net.

7. 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 August may still participate in the Commencement Ceremony and receive a diploma case. When all requirements have been met, the Registrar’s Office will contact the graduate by e-mail to discuss either pick-up arrangement at the Registrar’s Office, Room 207, Pope John Paul II Center, or a request to have it mailed. Students with questions may contact the Registrar’s Office at 260-399-8061 or registrar@sf.edu.

Exit Loan Interviews

Students are required to complete exit counseling if they borrowed funding through the Federal Subsidized/Unsubsidized Direct Loan program. Please complete this requirement online at www.studentaid.gov.

  • Hover over “Manage Loans” at top of page
  • Locate and click “Complete Exit Counseling,” on left side
  • Log in and complete counseling

Since Exit Counseling must be completed within 30 days of degree completion, please complete counseling during your last semester.

The Office of Financial Aid will send an email near the end of your final semester as a reminder to complete this requirement. If you have questions, contact the Office of Financial Aid at finaid@sf.edu or 260.399.8003.