Diploma Pickup and Stage Walk

Saturday, December 12, 2020
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Saturday, Dec. 12
9 a.m. to noon

Bill Greehey Arena

St. Mary’s University is taking precautionary measures to safely celebrate our 2020 graduates with a rolling in-person Diploma Pickup and Stage Walk on Saturday, Dec. 12. Please note that changes have been made to the event to ensure the safety of you, your guests and other members of our University community.

Graduates receiving their bachelor’s, master’s or Ph.D. may walk the stage to receive their diploma* on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 12. Graduates are encouraged to wear their regalia.

Graduates must now register for a time slot to attend the event. Registration will open Friday, Dec. 4, at 8 a.m. and will close Thursday, Dec. 10, at 5 p.m. Graduates, check your email for the link to register.

Graduates must also register their guest(s). Up to four guests may enter the arena with the graduate. No exceptions will be made.

*Diplomas will not be released to graduates who have a hold with the University.


NOTE: Read the directions below carefully as updates have been made since the last communications you received.

You and up to four of your guests may arrive on campus up to five minutes prior to the time slot for which you registered.

Once you arrive, head to the Alumni Athletics & Convocation Center, on the Bill Greehey Arena side, to check in inside the lobby. Do not enter the arena at that time unless directed to do so. After checking in, you will be directed to wait inside a designated area.

Once inside the arena, you’ll be directed to cross the stage and your guests will be directed to an area in front of the stage. As you cross the stage, your family may take photos.

Once you are done crossing, you may head to the graduate photo area. Once in the photo area, you may take off your mask for the professional photographer to take a photo. You must put it back on before leaving this area. Guests will not be allowed in the graduate photo area and will be directed to wait for their graduate in a designated area.

Once you have taken your graduate photo, or if you do not wish to take a photo, you will exit back into the lobby to pick up your diploma and Commencement program.

Graduates and guests may not wait inside the lobby or arena unless directed to do so. Masks must be worn at all times (unless otherwise directed), and you and your group must practice social distancing at all times. Sanitizing stations will be available throughout the lobby and arena. 


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