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 9, 2018. 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 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 9 – 10th, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
April 11th – 13th 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (EST) in the Campus Shoppe, lower level of Pope John Paul II Center.
Crown Point Campus Students
4. Attend Baccalaureate Mass
The Baccalaureate Mass will be offered on Saturday, May 5, 2018 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.
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
Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2018, 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).
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.
Undergraduate students conferred honors will receive yellow honors cords after they check in. Honors at graduation are not conferred on master degree students.
GradImages is the official photographer for Commencement. A professional photographer will take individual pictures of each graduate as they receive his/her 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. If you would like to pre-register your contact information to receive your proofs even faster electronically and/or add family and friends to view your Commencement photo proofs, visit the Grad Images site and click on “Pre-Event Registration.” To contact GradImages by phone with questions following Commencement, call 800.261.2576.
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 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 you 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join the Alumni Reception
Immediately following Commencement, graduates and their families/guests are invited to a reception with faculty and staff in the Coliseum’s Century Club Room to honor the Classes of 1968 and 2018.
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 studentloans.gov. Select “Sign-In”, select “Complete Counseling” and then “Exit Counseling”. 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@example.com or 260.399.8003.
Since Exit Counseling must be completed within 3o days of your degree completion, please review the dates below to determine when you should complete this requirement:
- December 2017 graduates: You should complete Exit Counseling between November 15, 2017 and January 14, 2018.
- Spring 2018 graduates: You should complete Exit Counseling between April 4, 2018 and June 3, 2018.
- Summer 2018 graduates: You should complete Exit Counseling between July 24, 2018 and September 23, 2018
Students with Perkins Loans need to complete their exit paperwork through University Accounting Service online at www.myloancounseling.com or call 800.999.6227. Students who do not complete the Perkins Loan Exit Interview will have a hold placed on their account. Any questions please contact Ashley Roby at 260.399.7700 ext. 6503. NOTE: If you do not complete your Perkins Loan Exit Counseling, you will not receive your diploma on Commencement day.