Graduate, this page contains information pertinent to your Commencement ceremony.  Please carefully review these Commencement Day Instructions which you will receive with your attire.


Traffic on and around campus will be very heavy during commencement weekend. Guests are encouraged to arrive at least 30-45 minutes prior to the ceremony they are attending. Graduates will need to arrive 45 minutes prior to their ceremony. Graduates and guests should enter the main entrance of the Gangelhoff Arena at 235 Hamline Ave. N., St. Paul, MN 55104. There is no commencement rehearsal.

Immediately after entering, please go into the main arena  to check in.


Should you forget or lose a piece of your graduation attire, we will have a limited number of extra gowns, tassels, caps and hoods available, but we cannot guarantee the appropriate gown size. Medallions and pins will not be available on commencement day. Please make every effort to ensure that you bring all pieces of your graduation attire to your commencement ceremony.


After you check in, please report to the left or right arena side, where a line-up coordinator will be in the area to get you lined up properly and provide you with your announcement card. This card has the information on it that will be read as you receive your diploma cover on stage so be sure to bring it with you on stage.


Students will be led by an Honor Marshal to their seats. There will be two processional lines, one from the left and right sides, that will process down the center aisle toward the Graduate seating area.

Receiving Your Diploma Cover On Stage

Prior to being individually recognized on stage, you will be instructed to stand and your degree will be conferred. The first two rows should remain standing; all other graduates should be seated. The Honor Marshal will cue your row to proceed to the  stage. Remember to bring to stage the announcement card that your line-up coordinator gave you. Your row will proceed up the stage-right ramp where the commencement coordinator will instruct you when to give your announcement card to the card reader. You will hand your card to this individual and proceed across the stage to shake  President Ries’ hand and receive your diploma cover. Graduation coordinators will be stationed at the bottom of the ramp and at your row to direct you to your next photo opportunity.  Once you return to your row, you may be seated.


At the conclusion of the ceremony, you will recess out of the arena in the same orderly fashion. The Honor Marshals will lead graduates out starting with the first row ; remaining rows will follow when signaled by graduation assistants stationed in the aisles.


Lifetouch, our official commencement photographer, will take two photos of each graduate. The first as you shake the President’s hand while receiving your diploma cover and the second in front of a Concordia banner as you exit the stage. Your proofs will be emailed to you and mailed to the permanent address on file with the University within ten days after your ceremony. Be sure your permanent address is updated on CSP Connect. Once you receive your proofs, orders can be placed online at www.events.lifetouch.com.


Parking is free in all Concordia marked lots. All Concordia lots have designated parking for disabled visitors, however, Lot C, off Hamline Avenue will be reserved as a Handicap parking lot. Some on-street parking is also available.


Tickets are NOT required and we encourage you to bring as many family and friends as you desire.

Web-Stream Viewing

Family and friends who are unable to attend the commencement ceremony may watch the ceremony online for free. During the week of May 1, 2018, please visit www.csp.edu/commencement for access to this service.

A high speed internet connection is required for viewing.

Disability Assistance

Wheelchair Seating & Accessibility: Wheelchair seating and accessibility is available on the main floor in the Gangelhoff Center Arena.

Sign Language Interpreters: If you are a graduate and require a sign language interpreter, please email commencement@csp.edu or call 651-641-8352 by March 15. The university will not secure this service unless notified of the need.

This site was last updated 4/10/18.