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2018 Commencement | Patriot Hall


    The Saint Leo University 2018 Sumter Education Center and Shaw Education Center Commencement Teams hopes to make your graduation ceremony on Friday, June 1, 2018 a memorable occasion for you, your family and friends. 

    Please read through the following information closely as there are items that you must execute in order to fully participate in your commencement.

    Rehearsal Details

    Date: Wednesday, May 30, 2018
    Time: 1:00 PM
    Location: Patriot Hall, 135 Haynsworth St. Sumter, SC 29150

    Graduation Details

    Date: Friday, June 1, 2018
    Time: 7:00 PM
    Location: Patriot Hall, 135 Haynsworth St. Sumter, SC 29150
    Dress: Business casual, cap, gown and tassels for graduates; appropriate civilian/military attire for guests.|
    Guests: Open to as may guests as you like. Tickets are not required. 

    The following will help you plan for your graduation ceremony. 

    1. Please RSVP for Commencement. The RSVP deadline is April 1 to ensure inclusion in the graduation program. Send your responses to shaw@saintleo.edu with your legal name the way you want it to appear in the program. For example, if you would like to include your middle initial, make sure you indicate that in your RSVP (example: April D. Abilez.) 

    2. Herf Jones will be the vendor for the caps and gowns for the degree candidates. AA, BA, and BS candidates will wear a black mortarboard, gown, and tassel. You should order your regalia NO LATER than April 13 to ensure delivery in time for the ceremony. More information is listed on the following pages. Students who do not have the appropriate regalia will not be allowed to participate in commencement. 

    3. Graduation announcements and class rings will be available through Herf Jones. Graduation announcements can be ordered through the Herf Jones' web site at http://colleges.herffjones.com/college/slu/. The announcements are not required for attendance at the graduation ceremony; they are for notification of friends and family to join you on this special day.  
    4. Students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher are eligible for membership in Delta Nu, Saint Leo's Chapter of Delta Epsilon Sigma; a national scholastic honor society for sudents, faculty, and alumni of colleges and universities with a Catholic Tradition. Students interested in joining Delta Nu are encouraged to visit www.saintleo.edu/honor-society to apply for membership as soon as possible. Delta Nu members can order a stole to wear with their regalia. 

    For additional information about requirements for the participation in commencement and ordering your items, continue reading below.

    If you have any questions or concerns about commencement, you can call our office at (803) 666-3221.

    Important Information

    Important information to remember for the Graduation Ceremony

    Participation Requirements

    All degree requirements must be completed by the end of Summer II this year in order to participate in the ceremony for this academic year. 

    Past Due Balances

    In accordance with Saint Leo University policy, any student who has an outstanding balance (excluding the summer terms) to the University will not be able to participate in the graduation ceremony. If you owe money to the University, please contact your local center and make arrangements to settle your financial obligation. Your cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated. 


    At the graduation ceremony you will be given a certificate or congratulations, not a degree. Your degree will be mailed directly from the University to your address of record. Therefore, ensure your contact information is accurate via your E-Lion account. After completion of you degree requirements, the graduation process (audits, degree conferral, degree posting, and degree printing) takes between four to six weeks to complete. Please visit the Registrar's Office site for complete information.


    A transcript is sent with your degree free of charge. If you desire an official transcript, go to the eLion section of my.saintleo.edu portal and click on Academic Profile. Choose either "Order eTranscript to be emailed" or "Order paper transcript to be mailed" based on your preference/need. Official paper transcript fee is $7.00 per copy. Official eTranscript fee is $10.00 per copy. 

    Additional Information

    For additional information, contact the applicable center:

    Shaw Education Center -  (803) 666-3221
    Sumter Education Center –  (803) 469-0028
    North Charleston Education Center - (843) 554-2111

    Commencement Location

      • Patriot Hall
      • 135 Haynsworth St.
        Sumter, SC 29150
        (803) 436-2260

    Center Contact Information

    • Shaw Education Center 
      (803) 666-3221

    • Sumter Education Center
      (803) 469-0028

      N. Charleston Education Center
      (843) 554-2111

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