Commencement


2020 Winter Commencement

Schedule of Events

Winter 2020 Commencement Exercises will occur Dec. 18 and Dec. 19.

Please scroll down to read about changes to the ceremony that comply with public health mandates for large gatherings.

  • Undergraduates: Your ceremony is Dec. 19, 11 a.m. at the RiverCenter in Downtown Davenport.
  • Master's degrees: Your ceremony is Dec. 18, 5 p.m. in the Galvin Fine Arts Center, Allaert Auditorium.
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees: Your ceremony is Dec. 18, 7 p.m. in the Rogalski Center, Ballroom.

General Information

  • DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR GRADUATION: Oct. 15. Click here to apply to graduate.
  • Order your cap and gown through Jostens. Deadline: Oct. 11. After this date, you must contact the Bookstore directly.
  • Pay your $35 graduation fee to Student Accounts. Deadline: Nov. 18.
  • Clear any outstanding restrictions with the Library, Athletics Office, Student Accounts, Financial Aid, Bookstore, or Student Services

Schedule of Deadlines and Events

Oct. 11 – Deadline to order your cap and gown

Oct. 15 – Deadline to apply for graduation

Nov. 18 – Deadline to pay your graduation fee

Dec. 18

5 p.m. – Master's Degree Hooding and Commencement Ceremony
Galvin Fine Arts Center

7 p.m. – Doctor of Physical Therapy Commencement Ceremony
Rogalski Center, Ballroom

Dec. 19

11 a.m. – Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony
RiverCenter, Davenport

Conferring Degrees Student Accounts

You Did It!

Dec. 18 & 19

Celebrate!

All those years of hard work and persistence paid off! Share details of this page with your friends and family.

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Don't Forget

Apply to Graduate by Oct. 15

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.

Click Here to Apply


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Medaling Ceremony for Graduating Veterans

Nov. 23, 4 p.m.

Please join us in the Rogalski Center to honor our graduating service members and veterans for their service and recognize their achievement by presenting them with a medal to be worn on their commencement attire.

Masks are required for this event, and upon entering the Rogalski Center, visitors need to check in at Security, 1st floor.

To ensure social distancing with proper seating arrangments, please RSVP using the link below or email Natalie Woodhurst with the number of guests attending, branch of service, and major.

Register for the medaling ceremony


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Degree Candidates

For Winter 2020 Commencement

Congratulations to all of our soon-to-be graduates!

The degree candidates for Winter 2020 are now listed.


Celebrate Your Graduate!

Guests

Two guests are allowed to sit with the graduate as a "family unit" during the ceremony.

Each family unit will be physically distanced from other family units.

Face coverings are required.

We are exploring options to stream the event so those not in attendance can view the ceremony.

Directions and Parking

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.


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.

Ordering Photos and Diploma Frames

Order Photos
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 a 20% discount on an order of at least $50. After the ceremony, graduates will receive the photo proofs via text message, email, and postal mail.

If you do not receive your proofs or have any additional questions, contact GradImages Customer Service Department at 800- 261-2576, online at www.gradimages.com, or email giservice@gradimages.net

St. Ambrose does not receive photo proofs or order forms from GradImages.

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

For the Media

Contact the Communications and Marketing Office at 563-333-6295.

Special Accommodations

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.

Ceremony Procedures

Undergraduates

The following procedures follow public health guidelines to maintain distance between each family as well as reduced physical contact.

  • There will be no processional before or after the ceremony, and students will be notified of when to arrive and where to be seated with members of their family unit.
  • Most of the elements of a usual St. Ambrose commencement ceremony will be present, even though they will be handled in a different manner.
  • Graduates won't cross the stage to receive their diploma. When your name is called, you will stand with your family unit and one of your guests will present your diploma cover. This setting has been used for other celebrations, and students and family members have found it to be rewarding.
Graduates

In a first for St. Ambrose, students receiving master's degrees will receive the degrees during the hooding ceremony held on Friday, December 18, 2020 at 5 p.m. in the Galvin Fine Arts Center on campus.

Similar to the the undergraduate ceremony on Saturday, the University will enforce CDC guidelines, including physical distancing and use of face coverings, all of which will necessitate changes.

  • There will be no processional before or after the ceremony, and students will be notified of when to arrive and where to be seated with members of their family unit.
  • Most of the elements of a usual St. Ambrose commencement ceremony will be present, even though they will be handled in a different manner.
  • Graduates won't cross the stage to receive their diploma and hood. When your name is called, you will stand with your family unit and one of your guests will present your diploma cover and the other will hood you. (We will provide video instructions on how to handle the hooding so you can practice beforehand.)
Doctor of Physical Therapy Graduates

Students receiving the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree will be hooded and receive their degrees at a separate ceremony Friday evening, December 18, 2020 in the Rogalski Center.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program will provide graduates necessary details.

Graduate Information

Collecting Your Diploma

Please remember that diplomas will not be released until all restrictions have been cleared.

Information about collecting diplomas will be posted later this semester.

Contact


Bill McAleer, Associate Registrar

Office of the Registrar
Ambrose Hall, 1st floor
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803
563-333-6201
Fax 563-333-6206
registrar@sau.edu

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