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Commencement

Commencement Spring 2023

Students invited to apply for 2023 Commencement

Congratulations, Lions! You have worked hard to achieve the goal of earning your degree. Now it’s time to celebrate your accomplishment!

Saint Leo University will host 2023 commencement events and ceremonies with academic regalia in Tampa, FL, and Savannah, GA. Eligible students will have the opportunity to participate at either location. Application is required to participate.

Florida Commencement Events and Ceremony

The Florida commencement events and ceremony will be held on May 12 and 13, 2023 at University Campus and the Florida State Fairgrounds-Expo Hall in Tampa. The application deadline to participate in the Florida events and ceremony is Wednesday, January 25, 2023. More details to come.

Savannah Commencement Ceremony

The Savannah commencement ceremony will be held at the Johnny Mercer Theatre-Civic Center in Savannah on June 9, 2023. The application deadline for the Savannah ceremony is Friday, March 31, 2023.

Contact your education center or the Savannah center directly (savannah@saintleo.edu) should you have any questions regarding this ceremony.

Eligibility Requirements

University Campus and WorldWide students who have met all the requirements of Saint Leo University for receipt of a doctoral, master's, bachelor's, or associate degree and have met all financial obligations may participate in a commencement ceremony.

Master’s, bachelor’s, or associate degree students who have a maximum of two courses left for degree completion at the end of the spring semester may request permission to participate in the commencement ceremonies if they can provide evidence that all remaining coursework will be completed during the Summer 2023 semester. 

Doctoral students must have all program requirements satisfied, including successful dissertation defense by April 7, 2023.

Application is required for consideration. Additional information regarding the Tampa events and ceremony will be sent in February if your application is approved.

 

Student 6-Step Process

Students, please complete all six steps listed below. Each step is necessary to ensure you have everything to confer your degree on time and participate in commencement.

Step 1: Confirm your eligibility with your advisor

Meet with your advisor to assess your program requirements and progress toward degree completion.

Step 2: Submit Degree Conferral Application on eLion

This application is required of all students to confer your degree and issue your diploma. Your application will be processed after you have satisfied your program requirements. The timing of your conferral is not associated with the date of a commencement ceremony.

To access, go to eLion.saintleo.edu, navigate to Academic Profile, then Degree-Certificate Conferral Application.

The degree conferral application and graduation fee ($125) must be submitted through the eLion portal prior to April 2023. The degree conferral application and fee are required regardless of your participation in Commencement.

Participation in a commencement ceremony is optional. If you do not wish to participate, you will not need to proceed with the Commencement Application.

Step 3: Submit Commencement Application on eForm

In 2023, Saint Leo University will host commencement ceremonies at Tampa, FL, and Savannah, GA. You will indicate your desired location on your application. You must submit an application for consideration to participate. This application is separate from the Degree Conferral Application in step two above.

To access the Commencement Application:

    1. Log into the my.saintleo.edu portal, preferably using Google Chrome or Firefox.
    2. Navigate to Online Services > eForm.
    3. Click on eForm, sign into Etrieve central, and then click on Forms.
    4. Scroll to Student Documents then select and complete the Commencement Application.
    5. Your information will auto-fill in the form. If the information that auto-fills is not correct, contact commencement@saintleo.edu  before you submit your commencement application.
    6. Choose the location where you wish to participate and then submit your application.

Upon submission, a confirmation email will be sent to your Saint Leo email account and stored in eForm Activity.

Step 4: Review your financial account

Review your financial account to ensure you have met all obligations. Contact Student Financial Services at SFS@saintleo.edu or (800) 240-7658.

Step 5: Pre-order your regalia (Dates TBA)

The website to pre-order caps and gowns will open closer to the ceremony date. At that time you can also shop other commencement related items such as announcements, diploma frames, class rings, and more.

Step 6:

Monitor this website and your email for additional ceremony information after the registration deadline and the time leading up to the ceremony.  Email commencement@saintleo.edu with any questions.