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Commencement 2020

Our campus community is making plans to celebrate you and award your degrees on August 2, 2020! 

The commencement ceremony will be held at CHI Health Center beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, August 2. The ceremony will include the academic procession of graduates, a prayer service, the national anthem, and an address by Federal Judge Laurie Smith Camp, who will speak about the importance of voting, recalling that 100 years ago women won the opportunity to vote in national elections. We will announce honors for the undergraduates as we call your names; the master's degree students will wear their hoods as part of the ceremonies. Nursing grads will receive their pins at this time as well. Note: The University made the decision not to hold the on-campus events on the evening of Saturday, August 1.

Please RSVP

Please RSVP if you have not already done so. Cap and Gown pick up will be on Tuesday (July 28) and Wednesday (July 29) from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. in the Hillmer Art Gallery. You will need to complete the graduate survey below in order to pick up your cap/gown. When you pick up your cap/gown, we will also give you the free tickets for your guests. The ceremonies will be in the Arena at the CHI Health Center (Omaha’s convention center at 455 North 10th Street) so all guests will be accommodated. The CHI Health Center staff wants to give tickets with seat numbers on them so people can go directly to their seats and not congregate, to keep in line with social distancing.  All graduates and guests are required to wear face masks.​  We want people to have a great time and we want to be safe.


Diplomas will be given out in August at the final graduation ceremony. If you have competed all your degree requirements, are unable to attend in August and wish to have your diploma sent to you, please fill out and submit the following form. Once you submit the form, you can expect your diploma to be sent within two weeks. 
Receive Diploma by Mail

Graduate Exit Survey

Each year, we ask all of our graduates to fill out an exit survey so that we can improve our academic programs, update our records and to stay in touch with you! All responses are confidential and may only be shared with our Academic Affairs and/or Alumnae Office. Fill out this short survey for a chance at a $50 Gift Card! (note: Undergraduates only fill out the Undergraduate survey; Graduate students only fill out the Graduate survey):

Undergraduate Students
Graduate Students

Tell us Your Future Plans!

While spring commencement has been postponed to August 1-2 weekend, College of Saint Mary wants to begin celebrating the achievements of our soon-to-be 2020 graduates! We’d love to highlight you – our amazing and resilient Class of 2020 – by learning your plans/goals post-graduation. Please fill out this short form and submit a photo of yourself so that we can feature YOU on our special 2020 Graduates page on our website!
Submit your Info & Photo

Sunday, August 2nd

10:30 a.m. Commencement at the CHI Health Center

Arena will open at 9:15 a.m. Please arrive no later than 9:45 a.m.
Go to the robing area in the south conference room.
Please do not bring coats or purses into the robing area.

The ceremony will last approximately 1 hour.

Professional photos will be taken when you receive your diploma. Proofs and order forms will be e-mailed to you following the ceremony.
There will also be family picture taking stations in the main lobby.

Please return your robe to the robing area in exchange for your diploma.  The hood, cap and tassel are yours to keep. 

CSM kindly asks that you not wear corsages or other accessories on your academic attire.

Honor cord for bachelor’s degree graduates (if earned) will be distributed before the ceremony.

RSVP for Ceremonies (note: if you've already RSVP'd for August commencement, please refrain from filling out again, as to avoid duplicates)

Please RSVP as soon as possible if you haven't arleady done so.  If after submitting your RSVP form, you need to adjust your RSVPs, please email Graduation [at]

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