Graduates hold up their diplomas after the 2020 commencement

Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2022 in Hamilton Arena of the Jeanne Knoerle Sports and Recreation Center. Commencement will be celebrated with two ceremonies, one for graduates of the campus program and another for graduates of Woods Online and master’s programs. See the commencement schedule below for detailed information.

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Students participating in commencement can find more information under the Registrar’s office.

May 7, 2022 Schedule of Events

May 7, 2022
Commencement garb pick-up7:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Guerin Hall, Room 206
Composite photos8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Knoerle Center, Auxiliary Gym
Commencement lineup9:30 a.m.
Knoerle Center, Auxiliary Gym
Commencement for campus program10:00 a.m.
Knoerle Center, Hamilton Arena
Doors open at 9:30 a.m.
Commencement garb returnKnoerle Center, immediately following ceremony
Lunch11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Doherty Dining Center, Les Bois Hall
Baccalaureate Liturgy1:00 p.m.
Church of the Immaculate Conception
Commencement garb pick-up12:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
WOL: Guerin Hall, Room 206
Graduate: Guerin Hall, Room 115
Composite photos2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Knoerle Center, Auxiliary Gym
Commencement lineup2:45 p.m.
Knoerle Center, Auxiliary Gym
Commencement for WOL and graduate programs3:15 p.m.
Knoerle Center, Hamilton Arena
Doors open at 2:45 p.m.
Commencement garb returnKnoerle Center, immediately following ceremony

Graduation Gown, Cap, Hood and Tassel

Each student participating in Commencement will need to wear Commencement garb (gown, cap and hood) for Commencement. You do not need to purchase these items; the College has a supply and will loan them to you. Graduate students have the option to purchase their Academic hood. Each student will also receive a tassel which is theirs to keep. Following Commencement, all borrowed items are to be returned at the concession stand in Knoerle Center.

Baccalaureate and Commencement Dress Code

  • Dark shoes (please wear dress shoes that are comfortable for walking)
  • Dress or dress pants – pants should be dark-colored (black, navy or charcoal)
  • Flowers and jewelry will not be permitted on the graduation robe

Special Needs Guests

Special needs guests who are in wheelchairs, use crutches and/or walkers, or are hearing impaired, etc. are encouraged to arrive half an hour early. Please be sure to indicate if you have special needs guests on the participation form. If you have already submitted your form, email information about your special needs guests to lbehringer@smwc.edu.

Livestream

For those who cannot attend the event in person, we will have livestreams available to watch both ceremonies. Come back to this page on the day of commencement to watch the livestreams at 10 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. or join us live on Facebook.