2017 Winter Commencement

The 2017 Winter Commencement exercises will take place at 11 a.m., Saturday, December 16, at the RiverCenter, Davenport, Iowa.

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Winter 2017 Commencement

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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 (formerly iWireless Center) in Moline.

Directions and Parking

Winter commencement ceremonies are held at The RiverCenter, 136 East Third St., in downtown Davenport, Iowa, 563-326-8500. Parking is available at The RiverCenter parking ramp located between Second and Third Streets on Brady, 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.

Spring commencement is held at the TaxSlayer Center, formerly the iWireless Center, 1201 River Drive, Moline, Ill., 309-764-2001.

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 getting onto I-74: I-74 traffic cameras
The parking lot has 937 parking spaces and 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 a skywalk. There is a drop-off lane in front of the building.

Ordering Photos, Flowers and Diploma Frames

Information to order photos:

St. Ambrose University contracts with GradImages to have photos taken 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 $5 off an order of $25 of more. After the ceremony graduates will receive an email when photos are ready to view and order - or check www.gradimages.com for more information.

If you have any additional questions or do not receive a proof of your photos, you may contact GradImages customer service department at 800-261-2576 or email from the GradImages website.

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

Information to order flowers:

Family and friends wishing to purchase roses for graduates can go online to https://www.thecommencementgroup.com/stambroseu/. Roses will also be sold the morning before the commencement ceremony from 9:30 to 12:30 p.m. in the lobby of the RiverCenter. Pre-ordered flowers will be available for pickup in the RiverCenter lobby until 12:30 p.m.

Information to 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, at https://www.bkstr.com/stambrosestore/home.

Frames for doctoral degrees received May 2017 or after may be ordered through FramingSuccess.com. 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 issued since May 2017 are:
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

PLEASE NOTE: St. Ambrose diplomas issued prior to May 2017 were 10 inches wide x 8 inches high.


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Saturday, December 16, 2017, RiverCenter, 136 E. Third Street, Davenport, Iowa
10 a.m., Candidates line up for processional on the upper concourse of The RiverCenter
11 a.m., Commencement Ceremony begins
The RiverCenter, 136 East Third Street, Davenport, Iowa. Students or guests needing special accommodations should contact the Accessibility Resources Center office 563/333-6275.

Other Events and Deadlines

Tuesday, October 17
Deadline to apply for graduation. Students applying after this deadline will not be listed in the printed Commencement Program, no exceptions.

Friday, October 27
To order your cap and gown and other products related to graduation, please use the following link http://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1071939/St-Ambrose-University/. The deadline date is October 27. After the deadline, you must contact the Bookstore directly, 563/333-6336.

Thursday, December 7
Deadline to pay the $35 graduation fee to Student Accounts. This covers the cost of final degree audit, diploma, and diploma cover. Please make sure to clear any outstanding restrictions with the Library, Athletics Office, Student Accounts, Bookstore, or Student Services.

Monday, December 11
4 p.m., Medaling Ceremony for Graduating Veterans
Medals will be presented to graduating military veterans and service members in recognition of their achievement, to be affixed to graduation attire for the Dec. 17 commencement ceremony. A reception with light refreshments will follow. The ceremony will take place in the Rogalski Center.

December 11-15
Final exams for all students, Monday through Friday.

Thursday, December 14
5 p.m., Commencement Rehearsal, Christ the King Chapel
Undergraduate student attendance at rehearsal is required if you are going to attend the Commencement Ceremony. Attendance for Master degree candidates is optional. If you are not able to attend rehearsal, please email Bill McAleer after December 13 so that special instructions can be given to you.

Friday, December 15
5 p.m., Hooding Ceremonies, Galvin Fine Arts Center
College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, and the College of Health and Human Services will hold a joint hooding Ceremony in the Galvin Fine Arts Center.

Immediately following the hooding ceremony, a reception for the graduate students and their families will be held in Cosgrove Hall. Contact your graduate program directly with any questions.

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

Wednesday, January 10
Diploma Pick-Up
Diplomas may be picked up after this date in the Office of the Registrar during regular business hours (8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday). Diplomas not picked up by January 17 will be mailed to graduate's permanent address. If you'd like your diploma mailed before January 18, email Bill McAleer with the address of where it should be sent. Diplomas will not be released until all restrictions have been cleared.
Any questions about winter commencement activities email Bill McAleer or call 563/333-6201.


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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