Commencement FAQs

What time will the doors open for each Commencement and Mass?

  • Mass Friday, April 28  Doors open @2:00 pm. Mass starts at 3:00 pm
  • Commencement (Worldwide) Doors open @ 5:30pm. Ceremony starts at 7:00pm.
  • Commencement (Graduate Students) Saturday, April 29. Doors open @ 7:30.
    Ceremony starts at 9:00am. Commencement (Campus) Saturday, April 29. Doors open at 1:00pm. Ceremony starts at 2:30pm.


Will the Campus store be open Commencement Day?

  • The Campus store will be open on Friday, April 28th until 7:00pm and Saturday, April 29th from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.


Where do I line up?

  • School of Business Building – only students are permitted into the building during the lineup


Where is Student Accounts?

  • 1st floor of Saint Edwards Hall


Where do I pick up my cords?

  • If you are referring to Honor Society cords, these are not provided with the cap and gown.  Contact the Honor Society Advisor.  International sashes – see Paige Ramsey-Hamacher in Student Affairs. 


Where can we get lunch and dinner during commencement weekend?

  • The dining hall is open from4:30 to 6:00 on Friday and then Saturday 11:30 to 1:00 for lunch.  The cost will be $10.00 per person.


Is there a way to purchase flowers for the commencement ceremony?

  • Pre-order Flowers. This year, leis, bouquets and Saint Leo Kukui Nut necklaces will be available for sale at commencement ceremonies.  Students/guests are encouraged to pre-order and pick up before each ceremony: that way graduates can wear the leis/kukui necklaces in pictures. Graduation Day Flowers Pre-order website:


Listed below are some helpful hints:

The majority of the seating available in the Marion Bowman Activities Center is bleacher seating.

Comfortable clothing and shoes are recommended for both graduates and guests.

Guests should bring a sweater as it may be cool in the building.

Baby carriers and strollers are not permitted in the Marion Bowman Activities Center.

Children 2 and older must have their own seats and therefore must have a ticket. 

Though Saint Leo University does not anticipate any security problems during Commencement Weekend, in the interest of all guests attending the event, please observe the following restrictions:

  • No artificial noise makers, air horns or megaphones.
  • No umbrellas, poles, banners, large signs, flags or laser pointers, or incendiary devices.
  • No promotional items with commercial slogans or identification.
  • No alcohol is permitted at any of the events and ceremonies.
  • Due to safety regulations, no strollers are allowed into seated areas of the Marion Bowman Activities Center. 
  • All items may be subject to search at all entrances of the Marion Bowman Activities Center.