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Welcome to Commencement 2015!

Guests, view parking and seating information here.

Can't make it to campus on the 16th? Stream the ceremony live.

Thank you for visiting the Commencement website. The following information will hopefully be helpful as you plan to participate in the Fontbonne University Commencement 2015 Activities. Below is listed not only a schedule of the events, but links to a variety of Commencement Checklists which should help graduates and their guests plan and prepare for this special day. Graduating students should definitely review all the checklists for important information, paying close attention to the required items listed under the Mandatory Items checklist.

If you cannot find the answer to your question on this website or if you need any added assistance, please call or email the following person:

Mary Asaro
Executive Administrative Assistant
Office of Student Affairs
(314) 889-1411

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Schedule of Events

Friday, May 15th

Sending Ceremony: An interfaith Service Honoring Our Graduates
7:15 p.m. in Doerr Chapel on the second floor of Ryan Hall
This event is designed for our graduates and their families. All faith traditions are welcome. If you are interested in helping to organize or participate in this event, please contact Lori Helfrich, Director of Campus Ministry at lhelfrich@fontbonne.edu or at 314-719-3663.

Graduation Celebration Event: A Toast to the Class of 2015
8:00 – 9:30 p.m. in the Arnold Memorial Center, Medaille Hall
Immediately following the Sending Ceremony listed above, this reception in the AMC will allow you to mingle with your classmates and families and share fond memories before you leave Fontbonne. Please join us for a reception to salute the graduates and to welcome them into the alumni association. Cake, beer, wine and soft drinks are provided. There will be brief remarks at 8:30 p.m. Graduates are welcome to bring their family and guests (Limit 6 guests please). Hosted by the Fontbonne University Alumni Association and the Graduates of the Last Decade Alumni Committee. Advanced registration for this event is requested by May 6th. To register, go to: www.fontbonne.edu/gradparty.


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Commencement Ceremonies
10:00 a.m. Masters Candidates
Doors open for guest seating at 8:30 am through 9:45 am

2:00 p.m. Bachelor Candidates
Doors open for guest seating at 12:30 pm through 1:45 pm

The ceremony occurs in the Mabee Gymnasium within the Dunham Student Activity Center.

Ticketed guests for the commencement ceremony are expected to arrive no later than 15 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. All guests (except children under 2 years old) must have tickets in order to gain access to the Dunham Student Activity Center. Those guests arriving later than 15 minutes prior to the ceremony may be delayed entrance due to the commencement procession and may be directed to an alternative, live-stream broadcast venue, if necessary.

Commencement Checklists

Click on the below links for detailed information on each item.

  • Mandatory Items Checklist
    • Verify eligibility to graduate
    • Apply for degree
    • Complete Exit Surveys
    • Complete Exit Interviews
    • Purchase Cap and Gown
    • RSVP to participate
  • General Information for Participants
    • Caps, Gowns, Class Rings and Announcements
    • Honors
    • Diplomas
    • Commencement Day Instructions for Graduates
    • Graduation Photos
    • Tradition – Ringing of the Bell
  • Guest Information
    • Ticket and Seating Information
    • Parking Information
    • Video Streaming of the Ceremony