Saint Louis University

School of Education 2015 Pre-Commencement

Congratulations to the Class of 2015!

For all students participating in this year's Pre-Commencement Ceremony, please refer to the information outlined below.  During the Pre-Commencement Ceremony, Dr. Ann Rule, Interim Dean of the School of Education, will recognize all graduates individually.

Find out more information about the University's Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 16th, 2015.  Find out more about the University's Pre-Commencement Ceremonies.


Pre-Commencement Ceremony

Thursday, May 14th, 2015 (2:00 - 3:30pm) 
Chaifetz Arena
(maps and directions

Graduates should arrive no later than 1:00pm.
Doors open to guests at 1:30pm.


Reception: Immediately following the ceremony in the Busch Student Center - Harlene & Marvin Wool Ballroom

Students are asked to limit the number of guests at the reception to 10 people.



Caps, Gowns, and Hoods

The Pre-Commencement Ceremony is a formal event; as such, all degree candidates are required to wear a cap and gown at the ceremony.  Graduates will be unable to participate in the ceremony without a cap and gown. 

Caps, gowns, hoods, and announcements are all ordered through the Bookstore. If you were unable to attend the Graduation Fair in the Saint Louis University Bookstore to purchase your cap and gown (or hood, if applicable), please call Lisa Lee, at the campus bookstore, at (314) 531-7925.

  • Bachelor degree candidates must purchase their cap and gown. Honors students will receive a cord from the Honors Program. (Additional cords are not supplied for students graduating with academic honors.) 
  • Master degree candidates must purchase their cap and gown, and should also receive a hood with their order. 
  • Doctoral degree students should rent a cap and gown, and must order their hoods separately. 

*IMPORTANT NOTE*  Master and doctoral graduates are responsible for bringing their hoods with them to the ceremony. Pre-Commencement staff will not have an extra supply of hoods and will not be able to provide them to students at the ceremony. If you do not yet have your hood, please contact Lisa Lee at the campus bookstore.

RSVP for the Ceremony

In order to appropriately plan for the ceremony and reception, all graduates should RSVP no later than May 1st. Please indicate on the RSVP the number of guests that you expect to attend the ceremony and reception. (Please note: Students are asked to limit the number of guests at the reception to 10 people.)

Coordinating with your Guests

Please be sure to provide your guests with the appropriate map/directions and details for the ceremony and reception. Doors will open to guests at 1:30pm on the day of the event. 

You may also wish to inform your guests of the seating arrangement at the ceremony so they can plan their seating accordingly. When facing the stage in the arena, all doctoral graduates will be seated to the right of the main, center aisle, while master and bachelor graduates will be seated on the left side.

Disability Needs of Guests or Participants

If you or any of your guests will need special accommodations at the ceremony, please indicate this when you RSVP (see above).  If you have already submitted your RSVP but did not indicate any disability needs for your guests, please contact Pam Samuels at (314) 977-3292 or, no later than May 6th.  There will be a Sign Language Interpreter on the left side as you face the stage.



Arriving at the Arena

On the day of the ceremony, graduates should plan to assemble at Chaifetz Arena no later than 1:00 pm. Enter the Arena through the southwest entrance and proceed down the ramp to the basement area. As you enter the basement, you will see tables set up for each of the departments/school; please proceed directly to the appropriate table to check in and retrieve your name card. (Signs will be posted to direct you.)

Please leave all personal items (e.g., cameras, purses, combs, etc.) with your guests. You may not take these items into the ceremony with you, and we do not have the facilities in the assembly court to store or secure such items; we will not be responsible for lost or stolen items.

Checking In and Lining Up

Once you receive your name card, please check it for accuracy and fill in any missing information. The correct pronunciation of your name should be clearly indicated on the name card, as this card will be used by the Reader in the ceremony to announce your name. This information is also needed for any orders you place with the photographers (see more below).

Keep your name card with you. After your card is complete, please put on your cap and gown, and line up in alphabetical order by department/school and degree in one of two lines: One line will be for doctoral candidates; the other line will be master candidates followed by bachelor candidates. Please follow the directions of the signs and Marshals, who will be in the basement area to assist you and lead the academic procession for the ceremony. The academic procession will begin at 2:00pm.


Photographs of individual graduates will be taken at two points during the ceremony: first, as you walk across the stage and greet the Dean; second, after exiting the stage before returning to your seat.

The School of Education contracts with GradImages® to photograph each graduate; photographs are available for purchase at various price levels. Graduates can pre-register their email with GradImages to be notified when their photos are available for online viewing and ordering. To pre-register, visit: Up to 6 family members' contact information may be added as well.  Proofs are available online within five days of the ceremony.

One last note...

Several marshals will be in attendance to guide students through every step of the ceremony. Marshals and other ceremony staff will be stationed "strategically" in various areas around the stage, seats, photographer, etc., and will make sure you know where to go and when.

We look forward to seeing each of you on May 15th, 2014!


Please contact Pam Samuels in the School of Education at (314) 977-3292  or

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