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Future Commencement dates

The following dates have been approved by Academic Council. Please check periodically for updates.

Semester Baccalaureate Mass Commencement
Fall 2017 Dec. 8, 2017 Dec. 9, 2017
Spring 2018 May 11, 2018 May 12, 2018

St. Mary’s University does not hold a summer commencement ceremony. All summer graduates are invited to participate in the fall ceremony in December.


Commencement is held in the Bill Greehey Arena.

Google Map to the arena

Commencement live stream

St. Mary’s University steams live video of all commencement ceremonies. Visit the Livestream page to check technical requirements or to watch the ceremony.

Commencement tickets

Seating in the Bill Greehey Arena is limited and tickets are required for Commencement. Commencement tickets will be limited and the number of tickets per graduate is depends on the total number of graduation candidates. The larger the graduating class, the fewer tickets distributed. Therefore, it is critical that you submit your Application for Degree. We encourage students to apply to graduate by the deadline to ensure that you will be eligible to receive the maximum allotment of tickets. We cannot guarantee tickets for applications received after the deadline. If you applied for graduation for a previous term and did not graduate, then you must reapply.

We understand that you may have concerns with the number of tickets available for each graduate. For May Commencement, to help you plan for this event and to accommodate additional guests, overflow seating for those without tickets will in the University Center Conference Room A, where they may view a live broadcast of Commencement. Overflow seating is not available for December Commencement due to a smaller graduating class. Please note that the University Center will be open with more than 400 extra seats. No tickets are required and light refreshments will be served. Additionally, a kids’ movie room in Conference Room C will be available for the younger guests. Immediately following the ceremony, all guests of the Bill Greehey Arena and the University Center will reunite with the graduates outside the arena. For guests unable to attend the ceremony, please note that ceremony will be live streamed on our website.

Ticket Distribution

Ticket distribution date is to be announced and will be distributed in the Office of the Registrar, St. Louis Hall, Room 104. All degree requirements will be confirmed and the final list of graduates will be posted at noon at Be sure to check your e-mail frequently for updates. Lost, misplaced or stolen tickets will not be replaced.

A valid St. Mary’s University ID is required to pick up your tickets. Children age 3 and under do not need tickets provided they can sit upon an adult’s lap for the duration of the ceremony.

Please note that tickets are not required for Baccalaureate Mass.

Photos and Video

Group Photo
A group photograph will be taken of all summer and fall graduates. Photo packages include one 10 x 24-inch laminated panoramic, one 5 x 8-inch miniature photo and one fun photo.

Goldbeck Co.
4407 Centergate
San Antonio, Texas 78217
Toll-free: 800-656-9289
Fax: 210-656-1461

Individual Photo
Graduates will be photographed twice during commencement.  Photo 1 will be taken as each student crosses the stage to receive his/her diploma from President Mengler. In photo 2, the student is allowed a quick pose holding his/her diploma cover after crossing the stage.

Flash Photograph will email complimentary proofs to graduates within one week of the ceremony–please contact them at 210-443-9393 or visit them on the web at with any photography questions and orders.

Commencement Video
St. Mary’s University will offer live video streaming of Commencement, but in case you miss it, a recording will be available via St. Mary’s Kaltura Mediaspace and YouTube about a week after the event.

Guests with disabilities

For guests with disabilities (hearing impairment, vision impairment or mobility impairment) attending Commencement and needing assistance or special accommodations should contact the Office of the Registrar at least two weeks prior. A few sections solely for guests in wheelchairs are available along the second level of the Bill Greehey Arena. For individuals who plan to sit in this section, they will be allowed one family member to remain with them in the area.

Note: Due to limited seating, this section accommodates requests on a first-come, first-served basis.

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