2021 Spring Commencement

Schedule of Events

For Spring Commencement, undergraduates will have a separate ceremony from master and doctoral graduates.

Commencement Deadlines

  • DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR GRADUATION: Monday, March 15. Click here to apply to graduate.
  • Order your cap and gown through Jostens. Deadline: March 25. After this date, you must contact the Bookstore directly.
  • Pay your $35 graduation fee to Student Accounts. Deadline: May 6.
  • Clear any outstanding restrictions with the Library, Athletics Office, Student Accounts, Financial Aid, Bookstore, or Student Services

Schedule of Events

Thursday, May 6, TBA
Student Awards Night
Rogalski Center Ballroom
Students receive awards for membership in honor societies as well as departmental awards. Students receiving awards will be notified by the Student Services Office. 

Monday, May 10, 4 p.m.
Medaling Ceremony
Rogalski Center Ballroom
For graduating veterans

Commencement Rehearsal

Friday, May 14, TBA
Master and Doctoral Hooding and Commencement Ceremony
TaxSlayer Center, Moline, Illinois
Graduate and doctoral programs will hold a joint hooding and commencement ceremony.

Saturday, May 15
Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony
TaxSlayer Center, Moline, Illinois

Prior to 11:45 a.m.
Enter through the Employee Entrance door on the south side of the TaxSlayer Center (directly beneath the skywalk). Follow the hallway to the check-in table. Professional staff will help you get in line.

1 p.m.
Procession begins into the TaxSlayer Center

Diplomas will be mailed 4-5 weeks after the ceremony to the current mailing address listed on the system. Please remember that diplomas will not be released until all restrictions have been cleared.         

If you have any questions about the events, call the Office of the Registrar at (563) 333-6203, or send an email to

Conferring Degrees Student Accounts

row of chairs at commencement ceremony

Degree Candidates

For Spring 2021 Commencement

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

The listing of spring graduates will be posted in April.

Celebrate Your Graduate!


You have so much to celebrate!

Read below on ways to arrive and park for the ceremony, as well as how to make the day even more special with photos and flowers.

Directions and Parking

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.

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, or email

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 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.

Graduate Information

Collecting Your Diploma

Diplomas will be mailed 4-5 weeks after the ceremony to the current mailing address listed on the system.

Diplomas will not be released until all restrictions have been cleared.

Request Transcripts from SAU


Bill McAleer, Associate Registrar

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

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