USF Commencement

Saturday, December 16, 2023

COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES
Saturday, December 16, 2023
Pat Sullivan Recreation Center (USF Main Campus)

10 a.m. | Doctoral/Master’s Degree Ceremony
1 p.m. | Bachelor’s Degree Ceremony

All are invited to the social gathering following each ceremony in the Moes Room, Presidents Room and Terrace Cafe in Tower Hall.

  • See specifics in the accordion topics below.
  • Admission to each ceremony is by ticket only. Families must be seated 15 minutes prior to each ceremony.
  • Please review USF’s most current COVID-19 protocols at stfrancis.edu/saints-united before coming to campus to ensure a safe campus community and commencement event. The protocols are being regularly updated. 
  • Persons with disabilities who require assistance should call the Student Life Office at 815-740-3398 at least four weeks prior to commencement.

Commencement Program

Important Information

SENIOR CELEBRATION
Date & Location TBA

MULTICULTURAL STUDENT GRADUATION RECEPTION
Date & Location TBA

COMMENCEMENT MASS
Sunday, December 10, 2023 at 4 p.m. | St. Joseph Chapel, Motherhouse, 3rd FloorAll are invited, but please reserve your seat via the Commencement RSVP form.Graduates will receive a special gift from president Arvid Johnson and undergraduate honor cords will be blessed at this wonderful celebration!

39th ANNUAL STUDENT HONORS AND AWARDS CONVOCATION
Thursday, May 4, 2023 6 p.m. | Sullivan Recreation Center
Graduates, line-up at 5:40 pm in the Moser Performing Arts Center, Turk Theater.
Call 815-740-3216 or visit Tower Hall, Room S300 for additional information.

LEACH COLLEGE OF NURSING PINNING CEREMONY – FOR NURSING GRADUATES
Friday, December 15, 2023 at 4:30 p.m. | Sullivan Recreation Center

RADIATION THERAPY PINNING CEREMONY
Date & Location TBA

For COVID-19 requirements, please visit the Saints United page.

Graduates may pick up their caps/gowns and tickets during the following days in the USF Bookstore on the first floor of Tower Hall:

  • December 4-7 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • December 8 from 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • December 15 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • December 16 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Special arrangements for after-hours pick-up may be made by calling the bookstore at 815-740-3394

Number of guest tickets will be determined following the RSVP deadline. Watch for communication from the commencement email (graduationinvite@stfrancis.edu).

Graduates must report to their designated classroom in Tower Hall no later than 45 minutes before their ceremony. A list of assigned rooms will be posted in the Tower Hall lobby.

  • Room moderators will offer detailed instructions.
  • Please leave personal belongings with family or friends. Rooms will not be accessible to students after commencement.

The Grand Marshal will lead each procession, followed in order by the graduates, faculty, board of trustees and the platform party.

Official Photography: A professional photographer will take photos of graduates as they receive their diplomas. Photographs will be mailed directly to graduates approximately two weeks after commencement. For more information, contact Central Valley Studios Inc. at 847-683-7130 or cvstudios.com.

Graduates will receive their diplimas by mail four to six weeks after commenemtnt.

Commencement ceremonies will be simulcast in the Sexton Auditorium (Moser Performing Arts Center) for those on campus without tickets to the ceremony. The ceremonies will also be steamed live for those off campus—CLICK HERE to find the livestream!

Honors designation does not apply for graduate-level students. Final honors will be indicated on the student’s diploma and final transcript. For commencement purposes, graduation honors will be based on qualification at the time of the previous completed semester at USF.

The USF Barnes & Noble Bookstore (Tower Hall, first floor) will be open from 8:30-2:30 p.m. on commencement day, offering USF apparel and other merchandise.

As a new grad, you’re now automatically a member of the USF Alumni Association! If you’re interested in events, networking, career opportunities, mentoring current students, or providing students with internships, the Alumni Office can help. Visit stfrancis.edu/alumni to learn about new and exciting programs and activities designed for you, and be sure to update your alumni profile through the Stay Connected link (the alumni portal). If you have any comments, questions, concerns, ideas, or just want to chat, contact the Alumni Office anytime. Congratulations on your achievement!

Other Resources

FAQ: What is the difference between  “commencement” and “graduation?”
GRADUATION is the academic completion of coursework, earning of the diploma, and the posting of the degree to the transcript. 
COMMENCEMENT is the ceremony that celebrates or marks the completion of college work.