Saint Catharine College Clock Tower photo


May 2015 Commencement

Commencement Date: 11 am Saturday, May 9th

2011 commencement

Important information about graduation:

Graduation Participation

Return the commencement participation form by April 3 to indicate your plans for graduation events. The form should be returned to the Office of the Registrar, L-5 of Lourdes Hall. Attendance at the commencement ceremony is not mandatory, but President Huston strongly encourages attendance.


Rehearsal for both Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement will be Thursday, May 7. Baccalaureate Mass rehearsal will be at 3:30 pm in St. Catharine Hall and rehearsal for Commencement will be at 5:00 p.m. in Lourdes Hall. Please meet at the assigned location. You will pick up your graduation attire in Lourdes Hall AFTER practice. Practice is required for all graduation participants!


Graduation announcements, class rings and other academic memorabilia may be ordered directly from Herff Jones via their website at These announcements will not restrict how many guests can attend, but seats will be on a first come/first served basis. A representative from Herff Jones will be here for an "On-Campus" order day March 23, from 10:00am-2:00pm in the Hamilton Health and Science building lobby.

Graduation Attire

Graduates not attired in cap and gown will not be able to participate in the commencement ceremony. You will pick up your graduation attire after rehearsal on Thursday, May 7. It is recommended that you wear dark pants or skirt and dark shoes for Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation. Please do NOT wear blue jeans, shorts, tennis shoes or flip flops.

Graduation Fee

Please pay your graduation fee to the Business Office by May 1. The $100 fee covers the cost of the diploma, graduation attire, reception, etc. You must pay the graduation fee before you can receive your diploma, even if you are not participating in the ceremony.


At commencement graduates receive a congratulatory scroll. Graduates will be notified approximately four to six weeks after graduation that their diplomas are ready to be picked up in the Office of the Registrar. We prefer not to mail them due to the chance of them getting lost or damaged. If you are unable to pick yours up, please send a note with someone else giving permission for them to pick up your diploma.

In order to graduate —


As part of our effort to improve student learning at St. Catharine College, the completion of the CAAP exam is a graduation requirement. Students will not be certified as graduates, nor will they receive their diploma, if the CAAP exam is not completed. If you have questions regarding the CAAP exam, you may contact Ms. Carissa Coslow at 859-336-5082 ext. 1384 or

Financial Aid

If you received a student loan while at SCC, please see Ms. Joan Gardner in the Financial Aid office to complete an exit interview. You can also visit to complete the Department of Education required loan exit counseling.

Business Office

All balances on student accounts (including parking tickets) must be paid before students will be able to graduate. It is your responsibility to make sure all balances are paid by May 1. Diplomas will be held if there are any delinquent balances.

Additional Graduation Events

Commencement Photos

The class photo will be taken in St. Catharine Hall at 9:40 am (SHARP) Saturday morning. Wear your cap, gown, hood, and honor cord (if receiving honors) for the photo. Photos may be purchased from Jesse Osbourne. See attached photograph information sheet for pricing information. All graduates are required to be in the class photo . At Commencement, you will also have a picture taken as you cross the stage and receive your scroll from the President. The option to purchase this photo is provided on the attached pricing sheet.

Baccalaureate Mass

A Baccalaureate Mass is a student-led celebratory program for all SCC graduates, friends, and family members. It is scheduled for Friday, May 8 at 6:00 pm. You will meet at the rear of St. Catharine Hall at 6:00 pm for line-up. Please wear your gown, but not your cap or hood for this program.

If you would like to take leadership in planning the program please contact Ticha Chikuni, Dean of Students, ext. 1257 or email at To be a speaker, reader, or musician/vocalist in the program, please contact Yvonne Wright, Administrative Assistant to Student Life, ext. 1213 by March 12.

All students are encouraged to attend this special program as part of their commencement experience!

Phi Theta Kappa Members

The Honor Stole costs $24.00.Please bring the stole to Baccalaureate for it to be presented to you. The stole will be worn during Baccalaureate and Graduation. You can go to the following web address to order your Phi Theta Kappa honor stole: You will need to provide your member identification number when ordering.

Alpha Chi Members

The Honor Stole costs $24.95. Please bring the stole to Baccalaureate for it to be presented to you. The stole will be worn during Baccalaureate and Graduation. You can go to the following web address to order your Alpha Chi honor stole:


Way to Graduate

Important Dates

Please put the following activities on your calendar:
Thursday, May 7
3:30 pm Baccalaureate Rehearsal (only for those with parts), St. Catharine Hall
5:00 pm Graduation Rehearsal, Lourdes Hall. Pick up graduation attire in Lourdes Hall AFTER practice
Friday, May 8
6:00 pm

Baccalaureate Mass, St. Catharine Hall. Graduates will meet in DCR in the St. Catharine Building at 5:15 pm to prepare for the service

Saturday, May 9 Graduation Day!

9:40 am Gather in St. Catharine Hall of the Motherhouse for the class photo
10:30 am

Meet in St. Catharine Hall for line-up

11:00 am Commencement Service, St. Catharine College Campus. Reception to follow in Spalding Student & Community Center