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Commencement FAQ

Where is Saint Louis University's commencement held?

Saint Louis University's commencement ceremonies are held in Chaifetz Arena. 

Are tickets required for commencement ceremonies?

Tickets are not required for any of the commencement ceremonies.  Please respond to the RSVP request sent by the Office of the University Registrar.

How many guests may I bring to the pre-commencement and commencement ceremonies?

All guests are welcome at both the pre-commencement ceremony and the commencement ceremony.

Where do I get my diploma from Saint Louis University?

Diplomas will be mailed to the diploma mailing address you specify on your Application to Graduate. Blue diploma covers will be available for pickup after the commencement ceremony. Learn more about diplomas and graduation at SLU.

Where can I find the schedule for SLU's spring pre-commencement ceremonies?

Saint Louis University holds pre-commencement ceremonies on the two days prior to Commencement each spring to read aloud the name of each graduate. Get the full schedule here.

How do I RSVP for the President's Toast to the Class, my pre-commencement ceremony or the commencement ceremony​?

All students who have applied to graduate will receive RSVP instructions via their SLU email address beginning Feb. 12, 2018.

When is the graduation fair?

The graduation fair is held in the Saint Louis University Bookstore located in the Busch Student Center at the following times:

  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 12
  • 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 13
What occurs at the graduation fair? 

During the grad fair students will be able to:

  • Pay for and pick up cap and gown orders
  • Order class rings with Balfour
  • Order announcements
  • Purchase diploma frames
  • Visit with Alumni Relations and other departments
  • Drawings and fun prizes
  • Write on the Memory Wall
Are there accommodations near Saint Louis University?

Saint Louis University offers an on-site hotel option: Hotel Ignacio. The University also maintains a list of suggested accommodations near campus.

Can I watch the Saint Louis University commencement ceremony online?

Saint Louis University's spring Commencement ceremony streams live online each year. You may also see past Saint Louis University Commencement events on SLU's YouTube channel.

Is there a commencement press release template for my hometown newspaper? 

 Saint Louis University provides you with a  news release template to send to your hometown newspaper or newspapers. Simply fill in the blanks and submit the form through email, fax or mail. Please note that the St. Louis Post-Dispatch does not run individual graduation announcements. Check with your local paper regarding their graduation announcement guidelines.

Download the Commencement news release template 

If you need additional information about your graduation or the events surrounding commencement, call 314-977-6338.