Preparing for Commencement

Your Commencement Roadmap

You want your commencement experience to go off without a hitch, right? Follow the steps below and concentrate on finishing strong in the classroom.

Submit Your Graduation Application

Note: The May 4, 2024 commencement event has concluded. Stay tuned for details about upcoming commencement events.

Between December 15 and February 29, all students eligible to graduate should submit the Application for Graduation in Colleague Self-Service under Graduation Overview to inform the university regarding their degree completion plans. For December graduates, the application can be completed until December 15.

All majors, minors, and certificates must be correct and officially declared before submitting the application (use the Change of Major form if changes are needed).

All graduation audits will be conducted in the Registrar’s Office after the graduation application has been received.

While program completers (including those earning a certificate alone) will complete this form, only degree earners walk at commencement, which is a degree conferral ceremony. Students earning certificates alone do not walk in commencement.

Order Your Cap, Gown, and Announcements

How to Order

Degree-earning graduates can order caps, gowns, and tassels from Nov. 6 through Feb. 17 from Jostens. Orders must be placed by February 17 for guaranteed arrival.

Orders for announcements, class rings, or diploma frames can be placed here as well. Cap and gowns are delivered to both the Fort Wayne and Crown Point campuses during the Graduation Fairs in April. 

Graduation Regalia FAQs

Attend the Graduation Celebration

Pick up your cap and gown, register to win a Saint Francis diploma frame, share your future plans with the Academic and Career Development Center (ACDC), receive gifts from the ACDC and the Alumni Association, and celebrate that 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

  • Tuesday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. EST for December degree completers
  • April 15-17 for spring and summer degree completers – Look for announcements from ACDC about when your pop-up event will be.

Crown Point Students

  • Wednesday, Nov. 15, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. CST for December degree completers
  • Wednesday, April 10, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. CST for spring and summer degree completers

Contact Us

Registrar’s Office
Phone:  260-399-8061

St. Michael Hall, First Floor

Monday – Friday:
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.