2020 Spring Commencement

Schedule of Events

June 3, 2020 – Notice on Diplomas

Diplomas will be mailed this week, and the Office of the Registrar appreciates your patience. The process has taken longer than expected due to the pandemic and P/NP option for this semester.

If you have an active restriction, the Registrar cannot release your diploma. Please check the MySAU Portal Self-Service under Notifications on how to lift the restriction.

A celebration video premiered on Facebook and YouTube May 9.

Download the Commencement Program (pdf)

General Information

  • DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR GRADUATION: March 20. Click here to apply to graduate.
  • Order your cap and gown through Jostens. Deadline: March 18. After this date, you must contact the Bookstore directly.
  • Pay your $35 graduation fee to Student Accounts. Deadline May 1.
  • Clear any outstanding restrictions with the Library, Athletics Office, Student Accounts, Financial Aid, Bookstore, or Student Services

Conferring Degrees Student Accounts

You Did It!

May 9


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

Watch the Video Celebration

Send Your Information

Don't Forget

Apply to Graduate by March 20

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

row of chairs at commencement ceremony

Degree Candidates

For Spring 2020 Commencement

Click below to see the listing of graduates for Spring 2020.

Spring 2020 Commencement Candidates

Commencement FAQ

Spring 2020 Commencement Details

Spring 2020 Commencement ceremonies will not be held in-person this May due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see the Mar. 27 announcement from University president, Joan Lescinski, CSJ, PhD.

A video celebration will be shared May 9 on the SAU YouTube channel.

Will there be a virtual Commencement event instead?

A video celebration will be shared May 9 on the SAU YouTube channel.

An in-person campus celebration also may be scheduled for a later date.

How will students receive their diploma?

Diplomas, covers, and cords will be mailed to students to the address provided on their Graduation Application form.

Without a ceremony, will my degree be conferred?

Yes, all students who meet their degree requirements will have their degree conferred and posted to their transcript.

All degrees will be posted by May 25, 2020.

What about other commencement events?

All other in-person commencement events have been canceled.

Any update or change to this decision will be communicated and posted online.

Can I still purchase a robe?

Robes/Regalia will be available to purchase on the SAU Bookstore website towards the end of April.

If you previously ordered regalia, you were not charged.

Will there be other ways to celebrate?

A video celebration will be shared May 9 on the SAU YouTube channel.

All members of the Spring 2020 graduating class may participate in the Winter 2020 Commencement ceremonies on December 19, 2020, at the Davenport (Iowa) River Center, or in the Spring 2021 Commencement ceremonies on May 15, 2021, at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline, Illinois.

Instructions on how to participate in one of those future commencements will be issued by the Registrar's Office later this year.

Celebrate Your Graduate!


PLEASE NOTE: The 2020 Spring Commencement exercises will not be held in-person due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

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, Flowers, 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 20% off an order of $50 or more. 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.

Commemorative Class of 2020 Class T-shirt
$25/each. Click here for details

Order flowers
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 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

Communications and Marketing Office, 563-333-6295

Graduate Information

Collecting Your Diploma

Mar. 27 Updated – All diplomas for Spring 2020 graduates will be mailed to students to the address indicated on the Graduation Application.

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.


Bill McAleer, Associate Registrar

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

So, what's next?

Are you ready to take the next step? Click on the visit button below to learn more about our virtual visit options.