2019 Spring Commencement

Schedule of Events

The 2019 Spring Commencement exercises begin at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 11, at the TaxSlayer Center, Moline, Ill.

The ceremony will be streamed live beginning 15 minutes before the 1 p.m. procession. The live stream link will be posted on this page the morning of commencement.

General Information

  • DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR GRADUATION, Tuesday, March 19. Students applying for graduation after the March 19 deadline may not be listed in the printed commencement program.
  • Order your cap and gown through Jostens through Thursday, Mar. 21. After that date, order through the SAU Bookstore. Only a limited number of extra gowns will be available after this date.
  • Pay your $35 graduation fee to Student Accounts.
  • Clear any outstanding restrictions with the Library, Athletics Office, Student Accounts, Financial Aid, Bookstore, or Student Services  

Thursday, May 2
6 p.m. Student Awards Night, Rogalski Center Ballroom

Monday, May 6
4 p.m. Medaling Ceremony for Veterans, Rogalski Center Ballroom

Thursday, May 9
5 p.m. Commencement Rehearsal, Galvin Fine Arts Center
Undergraduate attendance required if attending the May 11 ceremony. If you have a class scheduled at this time, please attend the class, because it has top priority. Attendance for master's degree candidates is optional. If you are not able to attend rehearsal, please email after May 9 for instructions.

5:30-7 p.m. Senior Reception, Ambrose Hall Beehive
Complimentary appetizers and drinks. Please bring any memorabilia from your time as a Fighting Bee.

Friday, May 10
5 p.m. - Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Business Graduate Program Hooding Ceremony, Christ the King Chapel

5 p.m. - College of Health and Human Services Graduate Hooding Ceremony, Galvin Fine Arts Center
Any questions regarding the hooding ceremonies should be directed to your graduate program office. Reception immediately following in Cosgrove Dining Hall (CAS & COB) and the Rogalski Center Ballroom (CHHS).

8 p.m. Nursing Graduates Pinning Ceremony, Galvin Fine Arts Center

Saturday, May 11
9 a.m. Commencement Mass, Christ the King Chapel

10 - 11:30 a.m. Brunch for graduates, families, and guests, Rogalski Center Ballroom. All graduating students will receive one complimentary brunch ticket (but still must make reservations). The menu includes scrambled eggs, hashbrowns, French toast, bacon, ham, pastries, fruit, coffee, tea, and assorted juices. Brunch ticket reservations.

Prior to 11:45 a.m. Line up. Enter through the Employee Entrance door on the south side of the TaxSlayer Center (directly beneath the skywalk). Follow the hallway to the check-in table. Professional staff will help you get in line.

1 p.m. Commencement Ceremony (begins with the procession)

Collecting Your Diploma
Diplomas may be picked up May 30, 2019, in the Office of the Registrar during regular business hours (8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.). Diplomas not picked up by June 6, 2019, will be sent to the student's active address listed in the system. If you'd like your diploma mailed before June 6, email the address to Bill McAleer. Please remember that diplomas will not be released until all restrictions have been cleared.

If you, or any of your guests, require special accommodations to attend the Commencement ceremony, please call Ryan Saddler at 563-333-6275.

If you have any questions about the events, call the Office of the Registrar at 563-333-6203, or send an email.

Office of the Registrar Student Accounts


Degree Candidates

For Spring 2019 Commencement

Click below to read the newest candidates for graduation from St. Ambrose University.

Degree Candidates

Celebrate Your Graduate!


We have two locations for graduation ceremonies.

In winter, we conduct commencement exercises at the RiverCenter in downtown Davenport.

In the spring, commencement exercises are conducted at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline.

Directions and Parking

Spring Commencement Ceremony
TaxSlayer Center, 1201 River Drive, Moline, Ill., 309-764-2001

The TaxSlayer Center parking lot has 937 parking spaces, 43 handicapped spaces on-site, and 1,400 nearby off-site parking spaces. The MetroLINK parking ramp has 250 spots. Guests can access the arena concourse directly from that ramp via the skywalk. There is a drop-off lane in front of the building.

At times, the I-74 Bridge from Iowa to Illinois can back up due to construction work. We encourage you to check the bridge traffic cameras prior to using I-74.

By Interstate 74 West (from Illinois):
Exit I-74 at 7th Avenue, exit 2, turning left/west, and continuing straight to 15th Street. At 15th Street, turn right/north to River Drive, then turn left/west to the TaxSlayer Center. The TaxSlayer Center parking lot will be on the far side of the venue.

By Interstate 74 East and River Drive (from Iowa):
Exit I-74 at 7th Avenue, exit 2, turning right/west and merge onto 7th Avenue.  Take right at 19th Street to River Drive and turn left continuing to the TaxSlayer Center. The TaxSlayer Center parking lot is on the far side of the facility.

Winter Commencement Ceremony
RiverCenter, 136 East Third St., in downtown Davenport, Iowa, 563-326-8500

Parking is available at the RiverCenter parking ramp on Brady Street between 2nd and 3rd streets, under the Mid-American Energy building. Parking is complimentary between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Graduation guests leaving the parking ramp after 3 p.m. will need to provide payment with one of the garage payment kiosks. On-street parking is free on weekends.

Ordering Photos, Flowers and Diploma Frames

Order photos
St. Ambrose University contracts with GradImages to take photos of graduates as they receive their diploma and as they walk off the graduation stage.

Graduates can pre-register prior to the event and receive a coupon code for 20% off an order of $50 or more . After the ceremony, graduates will receive the photo proofs via email and postal mail. 

If you do not receive your proofs or have any additional questions, contact GradImages Customer Service Department at 800- 261-2576, online at, or email

St. Ambrose does not receive photo proofs or order forms from GradImages.

Order flowers
Family and friends can purchase roses for graduates online. Roses will also be sold the morning before the commencement ceremony in the lobby of the TaxSlayer Center. Pre-ordered flowers will be available for pickup in the TaxSlayer lobby.

Order St. Ambrose diploma frames
Frames for St. Ambrose University bachelor's and master's degree diplomas may be ordered through the St. Ambrose Campus Bookstore.

Frames for doctoral degrees may be ordered through Search for St. Ambrose University and select the option at the bottom of the page for "Frame Creator," which will allow you to customize the frame size.

Dimensions for St. Ambrose diplomas:
Bachelor's diplomas: 11 inches wide x 8-½ inches high
Master's diplomas: 11 inches wide x 8-½ inches high
Doctoral diplomas: 14 inches wide x 11 inches high

For the Media

Communications and Marketing Office, 563-333-6295


Dan Zeimet, Registrar

Office of the Registrar
Ambrose Hall, 1st floor
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803
Fax 563-333-6206

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