• Commencement Information for Families and Guests

    Celebrating your students' graduation is an exciting time!  Hamline welcomes family members and guests of graduating students to join us in this celebration.  

    Tickets

    Undergraduate Ceremony ONLY

    Outdoor Ceremony 

    General seating: General seating at the Old Main mall ceremony site is first-come, first-served, and tickets are not required. Students may invite as many guests as they choose.

    Accessible Seating TicketsStudents with guests needing accessible seating may reserve tickets for the accessible seating area. There are a limited number of tickets available for this area. Guests will be assisted in this area by our event staff members. NOTE: All undergraduate students must sign up for tickets online by March 4, 2014  to receive tickets.  Tickets must be picked up at Senior Day (March 6 and 7, 2014).  See "How to sign up for tickets" below. 

    Indoor Ceremony

    General and Accessible Seating: Tickets are required for all seating in Hutton Arena, the alternate ceremony site. Every graduate may sign up for up to two tickets. Only graduating senior students may sign up for these tickets. Ticketing will be enforced for this location; any guests without a ticket will not be admitted. Graduates and families must check the website or call 651-523-5555 the morning of Commencement to determine if the ceremony has been moved due to weather.

    How to sign up for tickets: Undergraduate students will be able to register for alternate site tickets beginning Wednesday, February 5, 2014.  If a student is unable to attend Senior Day, the request form may be filled out online. Students MUST sign up by midnight on March 4, 2014. If a student fails to sign up for their tickets, those tickets will be placed in the ticket lottery and no longer available.

    Ticket Lottery: If more than two tickets are desired, students who have completed their graduation requirements may enter the ticket lottery. A random drawing for any unused tickets will be conducted the week of March 17, 2014.  Students who win the Commencement ticket lottery will be notified via email the week of March 17, 2014, including ticket pickup information for the following week.  No more than two tickets can be requested via the ticket lottery process.  

    Ticket distribution:
    Tickets will not be mailed. Graduating seniors must pick them up at Senior Day (March 6 and 7, 2014).  Any tickets not picked up at Senior Day will be forfeited by the student and entered into the Commencement ticket lottery for eligible students to enter

    Ceremony Info

    Where should I park?
    Free parking is available in all Hamline University surface lots and on most area streets. Underground ramp parking at the Anderson University Center is available for a fee of $1.00 per hour.  Click here to view the campus map that shows the location of parking lots and the ceremony site. Handicapped parking is available in all lots, permits not required. A shuttle service with golf carts will also be available.

    Where will the ceremonies take place?
    The ceremonies are held on Old Main Mall. The Bush Library steps act as the stage, faculty and graduates are seated directly in front of the steps. There is additional seating to either sides of the faculty and graduates for families and guests. Bleachers are located behind the ground seating.  

    What is the Alternate Ceremony site?
    Commencement planners may make the decision to move the Commencement ceremonies to our alternate ceremony site. The decisions will be made by noon on Friday, May 23 (Law ceremony) and 7:30 a.m., Saturday, May 24 (Undergraduate and Graduate ceremonies). Graduates and families need to check the web site or 651-523-5555 the morning of Commencement, REGARDLESS OF CURRENT WEATHER CONDITIONS, to determine if the ceremony has been moved. The Alternate Ceremony site is Hutton Arena, Hamline University-St. Paul. For more information, visit the Alternate Ceremony Site web page.

    How long will the ceremonies last?
    Each ceremony will last between 1 1/2 and 2 hours.

    May I take photographs?
    Family and friends should follow the directions for picture taking found in the Commencement ceremonies program. Hamline also works with Grad Images to take photographs of each graduate as they receive their diploma. Proofs of these photographs will be sent to the graduates and prints will be available to order. For more information on this service, call Grad Images at 1-800-261-2576 or visit their website at www.gradimages.com

    Will my graduate receive his/her diploma that day?
    No. Diplomas for all graduates are scheduled to be mailed out in July. If students finish required courses during the summer, the diploma mail date will be later.

    Are there refreshments available?
    Yes. Beverages and light snacks will be sold by Dining Services before, during, and after the ceremonies at the ceremony site as well as in the Anderson University Center.

    How do I know if my graduate will receive his/her degree?
    As Hamline University must adhere to FERPA (Federal Education Right to Privacy Act), no parent/guardian may obtain or change any information about a student. Families are encouraged to contact their graduate if they have questions about that student’s academic standing.

    May I change my graduate’s address?
    Because Hamline University must adhere to FERPA, no parent/guardian may obtain or change any information about a student. Families are encouraged to contact their graduate if they have questions about address changes.

    What if I have a medical emergency during the ceremony?
    We have on-site medical services for all ceremonies. Ushers and security staff are notified during their training session of the proper procedures for emergency situations.

    Baccalaureate

    What is Baccalaureate?
    Baccalaureate is a formal, multi-faith ceremony to bless our graduates as they leave Hamline University. The service is led by multi-faith clergy, and will feature faculty, staff and students. The ceremony will be held Saturday, May 24, from 9 a.m. at the Hamline Church, 1514 Englewood Avenue. Caps and gowns are not worn for this event.  All graduates and their families are encouraged to attend this special ceremony.

    Announcement/Gifts

    How do I order graduation announcements?  

    • Undergraduate and Graduate Announcements - Orders for official personalized Hamline University graduation announcements may be submitted online ONLY to Hamline's vendor, Herff-Jones, or by calling 952-447-4449. Graduates and families are able to order announcements until approximately two weeks AFTER Commencement. General graduation announcements are available through the Hamline University bookstore, 651-523-2270.
    • School of Law Announcements - School of Law graduation announcements are available from Herff-Jones, 952-447-4449. 
    • General graduation announcements are available at the Herff-Jones web site or through the Hamline University bookstore, 651-523-2270.

    Does Hamline University have an official class ring?
    Yes, the Associations of Hamline Alumni has designed a ring, available through Herff-Jones, for all graduates. Contact Herff Jones at 952-447-4449.

    Where can I buy my graduate a Hamline University gift?
    Hamline University Diploma Frames are available for purchase both through the bookstore and online. Frames from the Bookstore must be bought at their on campus location. You may also purchase the frames online from the company Framing Success. For general gifts, the Hamline University Bookstore has a wide variety of clothing and other gift items. The Hamline University bookstore is located in the Bush Student Center and will be open on Commencement from 7 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

    What are Hamline University’s official colors?
    Burgundy (Pantone 201) and warm gray (Pantone 405).

    Commencement Brochure

    Will Hamline send me information about Commencement?
    Yes. Informational brochures will be sent to all graduates and to parents of undergraduates in early March. Please note: It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the address they have given to the university is correct via the online Piperline system.