2018 Winter Commencement

Schedule of Events

The 2018 Winter Commencement exercises begin at 11 a.m., Saturday, December 15, at the RiverCenter, Davenport.

General Information

  • Order your cap and gown through Jostens through Oct. 25. After that date, order through the SAU Bookstore.
  • Pay your $35 graduation fee to Student Accounts.
  • Clear any outstanding restrictions with the Library, Athletics Office, Student Accounts, Financial Aid, Bookstore, or Student Services 

Monday, December 10
4 p.m. Medaling Ceremony for Veterans, Rogalski Center Ballroom

Thursday, December 13
5 p.m. Commencement Rehearsal, Christ the King Chapel
Undergraduate attendance required if attending the December 15 ceremony. If you have a class scheduled at this time, please attend the class, because it has top priority. Attendance for master's degree candidates is optional. If you are not able to attend rehearsal, please email after December 11 for instructions.

Friday, December 14
5 p.m. – College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, and College of Health and Human Services Graduate Hooding Ceremony, Galvin Fine Arts Center
Any questions regarding the hooding ceremonies should be directed to your graduate program office. Reception immediately following in Cosgrove Dining Hall.
8 p.m. Nursing Graduates Pinning Ceremony, Galvin Fine Arts Center

Saturday, December 15
9:30 a.m., Doors open at RiverCenter
10 a.m., Candidates line up on the upper course of the RiverCenter
11 a.m. Commencement Ceremony (begins with the procession)

Collecting Your Diploma
Diplomas may be picked up Jan. 9, 2019, in the Office of the Registrar during regular business hours (8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.). Diplomas not picked up by Jan. 16, 2019, will be sent to the student's active address listed in the system. If you'd like your diploma mailed before Jan. 16, email the address to Bill McAleer. 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.

Office of the Registrar Student Accounts

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Winter 2018 Commencement

View the list of candidates for graduation here.

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 (formerly iWireless Center) in Moline.

Directions and Parking

Winter Commencement Ceremony
RiverCenter, 136 East 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 (formerly the iWireless 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.

At times, the I-74 Bridge from Iowa to Illinois can back up due to construction work. We encourage you to check the bridge traffic cameras prior to using I-74.

By Interstate 74 West (from Illinois):
Exit I-74 at 7th Avenue, exit 2, turning left/west, and continuing straight to 15th Street. At 15th Street, turn right/north to River Drive, then turn left/west to the TaxSlayer Center. The TaxSlayer Center parking lot will be on the far side of the venue.

By Interstate 74 East and River Drive (from Iowa):
Exit I-74 at 7th Avenue, exit 2, turning right/west and merge onto 7th Avenue.  Take right at 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.

Ordering Photos, Flowers and Diploma Frames

Information to order photos:

St. Ambrose University contracts with GradImages to have photos taken 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 at After the ceremony, graduates will receive the photo proofs via email and mailing address. 

If you do not receive your proofs or have any additional questions, you may contact the GradImages Customer Service Department at 800- 261-2576, online at, or email

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

Information to order flowers:

Family and friends wishing to purchase roses for graduates can go online to 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 lobby.

Information to 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, at

Frames for doctoral degrees received May 2017 or after may be ordered through 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 issued since May 2017 are:
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

PLEASE NOTE: St. Ambrose diplomas issued prior to May 2017 were 10 inches wide x 8 inches high.


For the Media

Communications and Marketing Office, 563-333-6295

Winter Commencement Speaker

Kirk Kelley '03

Kirk Kelley, PhD, has assisted the university in numerous capacities throughout his 28 years at St. Ambrose University, including multiple terms as a member of the Board of Studies, chairing it three times. He has also served and chaired the Educational Policies Committee and the Promotion, Tenure and Standards Committee.

He was chair of the Biology Department from 1999 through 2002, and founded, developed, and currently runs the Human Anatomical Specimen program at SAU.

Kirk earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology Education from Kansas State University in 1981, taught high school science for a few years, and then earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Anatomy from the University of Kansas Medical Center in 1991.

In 2003, Kirk earned a Bachelor of Arts in French degree at St. Ambrose, evidence of his lifelong passion for learning. Kirk also has sung alongside our students in the SAU Chorale and, for 17 years, has been a faculty leader of The Bridge Bible Fellowship on campus.


Dan Zeimet, Registrar

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

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