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Commencement FAQ

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. For more information, visit the Saint Louis University Registrar.  
When is the graduation fair and what happens there?
 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

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
Where is Saint Louis University's commencement held?

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

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 many guests may I bring to the pre-commencement and commencement ceremonies and a re tickets required?

All guests are welcome at both the pre-commencement ceremony and the commencement ceremony. Tickets are not required for any of the commencement ceremonies.  Please respond to the RSVP request sent by the Office of the University Registrar.

Will there be a photographer at the ceremonies?

Yes, Kabance Photo Services, Inc. will be taking photos of the graduates and offering photos for purchase.

Can I watch the Saint Louis University commencement ceremony online?

Saint Louis University's spring Commencement ceremony and many precommencement ceremonies stream live online each year at slu.edu and SLU's Facebook page. (See the schedule.) You may also see past Saint Louis University commencement events on SLU's YouTube channel.

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.

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.