2020 Spring Commencement
The 2020 Spring Commencement exercises are Saturday, May 9, at the Tax Slayer Center in downtown Moline, Illinois.
- DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR GRADUATION: March 24. Click here to apply to graduate.
- Order your cap and gown through Jostens. Deadline: March 15. After this date, you must contact the Bookstore directly.
- Pay your $35 graduation fee to Student Accounts. Deadline April 27.
- Clear any outstanding restrictions with the Library, Athletics Office, Student Accounts, Financial Aid, Bookstore, or Student Services
Diplomas will be available in June.
Diplomas may be picked up at the Office of the Registrar during regular business hours (8 a.m.- 4p.m.). Diplomas not picked up will be sent to the current address on our system. If you prefer your diploma be mailed out prior to this date, you must email McAleerWilliamJ@sau.edu with a verified address. Please remember to update your mailing address prior to graduation.
Diplomas will not be released until all restrictions have been cleared.
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Send Your Information
Complete this quick application to graduate. It collects information about the name you want on your diploma, how many people are attending the ceremony, etc.
The candidates for graduation will be listed in late spring.
Celebrate Your Graduate!
We have two locations for graduation ceremonies.
In winter, we conduct commencement exercises at the RiverCenter in downtown Davenport.
In the spring, commencement exercises are conducted at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline.
Spring Commencement Ceremony
TaxSlayer Center, 1201 River Drive, Moline, Ill., 309-764-2001
The TaxSlayer Center parking lot has 937 parking spaces, 43 handicapped spaces on-site, and 1,400 nearby off-site parking spaces. The MetroLINK parking ramp has 250 spots. Guests can access the arena concourse directly from that ramp via the skywalk. There is a drop-off lane in front of the building.
By Interstate 74 West (from Illinois):
Exit I-74 at Avenue of the Cities/19th Street. Continue on 19th Street to River Drive and turn left continuing to the TaxSlayer Center. The TaxSlayer Center parking lot is on the far side of the facility.
By Interstate 74 East and River Drive (from Iowa):
Exit I-74 at River Drive, exit 1, turning left (west) at the foot of the ramp, and continuing to the TaxSlayer Center. The TaxSlayer Center parking lot is on the far side of the facility.
Winter Commencement Ceremony
RiverCenter, 136 E. Third St., in downtown Davenport, Iowa, 563-326-8500
Parking is available at the RiverCenter parking ramp on Brady Street between 2nd and 3rd streets, under the Mid-American Energy building.
Parking is complimentary between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Graduation guests leaving the parking ramp after 3 p.m. will need to provide payment with one of the garage payment kiosks. On-street parking is free on weekends.
St. Ambrose University contracts with GradImages to take photos of graduates as they receive their diploma and as they walk off the graduation stage.
Graduates can pre-register prior to the event and receive a coupon code for 20% off an order of $50 or more . After the ceremony, graduates will receive the photo proofs via email and postal mail.
St. Ambrose does not receive photo proofs or order forms from GradImages.
Family and friends can purchase roses for graduates online. Roses will also be sold the morning before the commencement ceremony in the lobby of the RiverCenter. Pre-ordered flowers will be available for pickup in the RiverCenter.
Order St. Ambrose diploma frames
Frames for St. Ambrose University bachelor's and master's degree diplomas may be ordered through the St. Ambrose Campus Bookstore.
Frames for doctoral degrees may be ordered through FramingSuccess.com. Search for St. Ambrose University and select the option at the bottom of the page for "Frame Creator," which will allow you to customize the frame size.
Dimensions for St. Ambrose diplomas:
Bachelor's diplomas: 11 inches wide x 8-½ inches high
Master's diplomas: 11 inches wide x 8-½ inches high
Doctoral diplomas: 14 inches wide x 11 inches high
Communications and Marketing Office, 563-333-6295
Dates for collecting your diploma will be posted soon.
Please remember that diplomas will not be released until all restrictions have been cleared.
If you, or any of your guests, require special accommodations to attend the Commencement ceremony, please call Ryan Saddler at 563-333-6275.
If you have any questions about the events, call the Office of the Registrar at 563-333-6203, or send an email.