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. Order Your Cap, Gown and Announcements

How to Order

You can order caps, gowns, and tassels through Oak Hall. Orders for announcements, class rings or diploma frames can be placed with Herff Jones. Cap and gowns are delivered to both the Fort Wayne and Crown Point campuses during the Graduation Fair.  If you are unable to pick up your cap and gown during Graduation Fair, the bookstore will be happy to send your order via UPS.  Orders must be placed by February 27th for guaranteed arrival.

3. Attend the Graduation Fair

Pick up your cap and gown, polish your resume with ACDC, have a professional headshot taken with a photographer, get your final university affairs in order with representatives from the Registrar’s Office and One Stop, pick up your graduation check-list, register to win a USF diploma frame, 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

March 29 & 30, 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the Pope John Paul II Center atrium.

Crown Point Students

April 4, 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Stay alert for additional events for graduating students the last week of April sponsored by the Alumni Association and the Academic Career and Development Center.

4. Attend Baccalaureate Mass

The Baccalaureate Mass will be offered on Saturday, May 7, 2022 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.

5. Attend Commencement

Arrival information

Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2022, at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Doors open for check-in at 12:30 p.m. Graduates must arrive no later than 1:30 p.m. The ceremony begins at 2:00 p.m. and will last approximately two hours.

Parking is $8.00 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 [email protected].

6. After the Ceremony

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 [email protected] or 260.399.8003.