Commencement - December 17, 2016

General Information 

Events, places, and times

Date Time Event Location
April 1 - 18

The Bookstore will be taking orders for personalized Graduation Announcements during regular business hours. Orders must be paid in full by check, cash or credit card. Announcements are $7.50 for the first five; $1.50 for each additional announcement.

Saturday, December 17
9:00 a.m. - 11:45 p.m. Composite Photos Guerin Hall, College Relations
10:00 a.m. Baccalaureate line-up  Church of the Immaculate Conception, Hallway
10:30 a.m.
(doors open at 10:00 a.m.)
Baccalaureate Liturgy Church of the Immaculate Conception
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Lunch O' Shaughnessy Hall, Dining Hall
12:30 p.m. Commencement line-up Knoerle Center
Auxiliary Gym 

1:00 p.m.

(doors open at 12:30 p.m.)

Commencement Ceremony Knoerle Center,
Hamilton Arena 
Following Commencement

Commencement Regalia return

(borrowed gowns, hoods, and caps)

Guerin Hall
Rotunda

Baccalaureate Liturgy

Baccalaureate will be held in the Church of the Immaculate Conception at 10:30 a.m. The doors will open at 10:00 a.m.

Commencement tickets

Tickets are not required for the Commencement ceremony. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.

Commencement line-up

Graduates will line-up for the Commencement ceremony at 12:30 p.m. in the Auxiliary Gym.

Graduation gown, cap, hood, and tassel

Each student participating in Commencement will need to wear Commencement garb (gown, cap, hood) for Commencement. You do not need to purchase these items; the College has a supply and will loan them to you. Graduate students have the option to purchase their Academic hood. Current price is $50. Please contact Graduate Studies (812) 535-5206 to place your order. Each student will also receive a tassel which is theirs to keep. Following Commencement, all borrowed items are to be returned to the rotunda in Guerin Hall.

Baccalaureate and Commencement dress code

  • Dark Shoes (Please wear dress shoes that are comfortable for walking.)
  • Dress or Dress Pants. Pants should be dark-colored (Black, Navy, or Charcoal)
  • Flowers and Jewelry will not be permitted on the graduation robe.

Special needs guests

Special needs guests who are in wheel chairs, use crutches and/or walkers, or are hearing impaired, etc. are encouraged to arrive at 12:30 p.m. Please be sure to indicate if you have special needs guests on the participation form. If you have already submitted your form, email information about your special needs guests to lbehringer(at)smwc.edu.

Alumni email account

Your student email account will remain active for six months following the date you graduate. Basically, it will follow the schedule below:

  • January graduates – account will remain active through June
  • May graduates – account will remain active through November
  • August graduates – account will remain active through February

Prior to the time the account expires, you may request that it continue/be reactivated by emailing helpdesk(at)smwc.edu. If you have not notified the helpdesk that you want to continue to use your email account, the account will be deleted one year after graduation. Questions regarding your email account may be addressed to the helpdesk.