• 2017 Commencement Weekend

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Where can I park?
    Free parking is available in all Hamline University surface lots and on most area streets.  The Anderson University Center underground parking ramp is open to guests for a fee of $1.00 per hour.

    View the campus map that shows the location of parking lots and the ceremony site 

    There is handicapped parking 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.

    How long will the ceremonies last?
    Each ceremony is different lengths, but will typically last between 1 1/2 and 2 hours.  

    How early should I arrive for my ceremony?
    Graduating students must line up one hour prior to their respective ceremony in the lower level of Walker Fieldhouse. For guests, seating is on a first come-first serve basis if outdoors. Please arrive as you see fit to accommodate your seating needs.

    What if it rains?
    For all Commencement ceremonies, Hutton Arena (1569 Hewitt Ave, Saint Paul, MN) will serve as the alternate ceremony site should weather or safety be a concern. For the undergraduate ceremony, tickets will be enforced at the alternate ceremony site. Guests who do not have a ticket will not be admitted.  

    The graduate ceremonies do not require tickets should they be moved to the alternate ceremony site.

    For updated information regarding ceremony location, continue to check the Commencement Weekend website or call 651-523-5555 (starting May 23 at 3 p.m. and May 24 from 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.).

    Do I need a ticket?
    All undergraduate students must RSVP for Commencement in order to participate, but tickets are not required.  Undergraduate students can RSVP here.  Graduate students do not need to RSVP, and do not require tickets.

    Do my guests need a ticket?
    For the outdoor location (Old Main Mall), tickets are only required in the “accessible seating” area (see below). Tickets are not needed for the general guest seating, and there is no limit to the number of guests a graduate may invite. For the alternate ceremony site (Hutton Arena), tickets ARE required for the undergraduate ceremony only (graduate ceremonies do not require tickets for alternate ceremony site). Please see the Alternate Site/Ceremony Tickets page for more information.

    What if my guests need accessible seating?
    Guests needing accessible seating should have their graduating student reserve tickets for the accessible seating area. There are a limited number of tickets available for this area. If there are any questions, please contact the commencement planners at commencement@hamline.edu.

    How much does Commencement cost?
    The only cost associated with the Commencement ceremony is to receive your academic regalia. There are other costs that include photographs, graduation announcements, class rings, etc., but those costs are not essential to participate in the Commencement ceremony. Guests do not need to pay to attend the ceremony.

    May I take photographs during the ceremony?
    Guests should follow the directions for picture taking found in the Commencement ceremony 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 I get my diploma during Commencement?
    Undergraduate and graduate students: Diplomas for all students are scheduled to be mailed out in July. If students finish required courses during the summer, the diploma mail date will be later.
    How will I ensure my name is pronounced correctly?
    All undergraduates attend Senior Day on March 6 or 7, 2014, where you will be able to indicate any special pronunciation for the ceremony. If you are unable to attend Senior Day, contact the Registrar's Office at 651-523-3000 or send them an email. All grad students should contact the dean's office of their school.

    Are accommodations available for students with disabilities?
    Yes. Please contact the Dean of Students Office with this information or by email klamere01@hamline.edu.

    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 and in the Anderson University Center.

    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.

    Will Hamline send me information about Commencement Weekend?
    Yes. The Commencement 2014 brochure will be mailed to all graduates at their Hamline mail box or current address in early March. If your address has changed or will be changing before March, please update your address information in Piperline.

    How do I order graduation announcements?
    Undergraduate: Personalized or general announcements may be purchased at Senior Day, on March 6 or 7.   Personalized orders not done at Senior Day may be done online at Herff Jones or at 952-447-4449. All questions and concerns regarding announcements should be directed to Herff Jones. General (non-personalized) announcements are available in the Hamline University Bookstore. Contact the Hamline University Bookstore for more information at 651-523-2270.

    Graduate: Orders for official personalized Hamline University graduation announcements may be submitted online ONLY to Herff-Jones. Graduates and families are able to order personalized announcements until approximately two weeks AFTER Commencement. General (non-personalized) announcements are available in the Hamline University Bookstore, 651-523-2270.

    Is academic regalia required to participate in the Commencement ceremony?
    Yes, all ceremonies require graduates to wear their respective cap, gown and hood (for master’s or doctorate degrees).

    How do I order my academic regalia (cap and gown)?
    Undergraduate: Deadline – Friday, April 28, 2014.  You will be able to pick up and pay for your cap and gown at Senior Day on March 6 or 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    If you are unable to attend Senior Day, you need to place your order with Herff Jones-952-447-4449.
    If you are ordering after April 18, you must contact the Hamline University Bookstore at 651-523-2270.

    Graduate: Deadline – Friday, April 28, 2014. All orders should be placed online with Herff Jones. All online orders must be paid for at the time of order, and will be shipped to the student's address of choice. If you do not order until after the deadline, you will need to contact the Hamline University Bookstore directly at 651-523-2270.

    For all academic regalia questions, please contact Herff-Jones at 952-447-4449 or the Hamline University Bookstore at 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.

    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, at 9:00 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.

    How do I know if I receive Latin honors (for undergraduates only)?
    Students who have at least 60 credits graded on an A-F scale and meet the following overall GPA requirements may graduate with honors: 3.50 - 3.74 - cum laude; 3.75 - 3.89 - magna cum laude; 3.9 and above - summa cum laude. Please note that final GPA calculations will occur at the end of January term; spring term grades will not be included in this calculation. Graduates receiving honors will be given a gold tassel at the line-up location the morning of Commencement.

    What is the Graduation Appreciation Program (GAP)?
    The printed Commencement program will include a section for graduates to list those they wish to thank. GAP submissions are due Friday, April 11, 2014. Due to publication deadlines, no late submissions will be accepted. Click here to visit the GAP page.

    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 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

  •  SCHEDULE - 2016

    Saturday, May 21

    Baccalaureate Multi-Faith Ceremony
    9 a.m.
    Hamline Church

    Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony
    11 a.m.
    Old Main Mall*

    Graduate Commencement Ceremony
    3 p.m.
    Old Main Mall*

    *Alternate Site (due to weather): Walker Fieldhouse