Commencement Day Information


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 Center on the corner of Hamline and Marshall Avenues (235 Hamline Ave. N., St. Paul, MN 55104). There is no commencement rehearsal.


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.


When you arrive at the Gangelhoff Center, enter the main arena and proceed to the left arena side for check-in. Once you know the row and side that you will stand in for the procession, go to that location. You will find your name on that side of the arena, posted by row, on the wall. A line-up coordinator will be in the area to get your row 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.


Students will process to their seats in alphabetical order by college, led by an Honor Marshal. There will be two processional lines, one on each arena side. The processional lines will move from the right and left sides of the arena, meet in the middle and move down the main aisle to the proper row and chair. Once you arrive at your seat, remain standing until you are cued to sit by President Ries. There will be an empty row behind the last row of graduates for unregistered graduates.

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 may then be seated. The Honor Marshal will help get your row in motion so that you can walk toward the right side of 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 and will stop at the top of the ramp. The commencement coordinator will instruct you when to give your announcement card to the announcer, who will read your name as you walk across the stage. You will hand your card to this individual and proceed across the stage to shake hands with President Ries and receive your diploma cover. Graduation coordinators will be stationed at the bottom of the ramp and at your row to direct you back to your proper seat. When your row is in place, 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 out graduates in the first row at the proper time; remaining rows will follow when signaled by graduation assistants stationed along the main aisle. As you recess, faculty will form two lines through which graduates will pass in honor. In order to keep the processional moving, please do not stop to shake hands or talk to faculty.


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


Parking is free in all Concordia marked lots. Some on-street parking is also available. All Concordia lots have designated parking for disabled visitors.


Tickets are not required for Concordia University’s baccalaureate and commencement ceremonies. You are welcome to invite as many family and friends as you desire to celebrate this joyous occasion.


General admission seating is available on the main floor directly behind the last row of graduates. Additional bleacher seating is located at the rear of the arena.

Webstream Viewing

Family and friends who are unable to attend graduation may watch the ceremony online for free. During the week of May 1, please visit for access to this service.

A high speed internet connection is required for viewing.

Disability Assistance

Wheelchair Seating & Accessibility: Once you enter the main arena, proceed down the hall and follow the accessibility signs, leading you to a ramp. Proceed through the side doors where you will enter the main arena floor. There is ample floor seating to accommodate over 1200 guest.  You may arrive an hour prior to the ceremony to reserve seating if you desire.

Sign Language Interpreters: If you are a graduate and require a sign language interpreter, please email or call 651-641-8352 by March 28, 2017. The university will not secure this service unless notified of the need.

This site was last updated 10/20/16.