Winter Commencement - December 17, 2022

RiverCenter, 136 East Third Street, Davenport, Iowa

Both ceremonies will be livestreamed

Commencement Deadlines

  • Order your cap and gown through Jostens. Deadline: Oct. 28.  To order your cap and gown go to Jostens. After this date, you must contact the Bookstore directly.
  • Pay your $35 graduation fee to Student Accounts. Deadline: Dec. 7.
  • Clear any outstanding restrictions with the Library, Athletics Office, Student Accounts, Financial Aid, Bookstore, or Student Services

Schedule of Events

Please check back often as details are being updated as the semester progresses.

Sunday, December 4

3 p.m., Winter Cultural Stole Ceremony, Rogalski Center Ballroom
The Office of Student Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is hosting the Cultural Stole Donning Ceremony which recognizes and promotes the significance of family, friends, and the "university family" in the accomplishments of the winter 2022 graduates of cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

Monday, December 12

4 p.m. Ceremony honoring Graduating Service Members, Veterans and Family Members Rogalski Center Ballroom
Medals will be presented to graduating military veterans and service members in recognition of their achievement, which will be affixed to their graduation attire for the commencement ceremony. A reception with light refreshments will follow.

Thursday, December 15

Commencement Rehearsal and Senior Reception, Rogalski Center Ballroom
5 p.m.
If you are an undergraduate student, and plan on attending the graduation ceremony, attendance at the rehearsal is required. Attendance at the rehearsal is not required of graduate students. If you are unable to attend the rehearsal, please email on December 16 for instructions.

Immediately following commencement rehearsal stay for a Senior Reception hosted by your Advancement and Alumni Office.

Friday, December 16           

DPT Graduation Dinner, Rogalski Center
6 p.m.
The Physical Therapy Department will host a dinner for its graduates in the Rogalski Center Ballroom. Social begins at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. All questions should be directed to the Physical Therapy Department.

Nursing Pinning Ceremony, Galvin Fine Arts Center
7 p.m.
Pinning ceremony for Nursing graduates in Allaert Auditorium. All questions should be directed to the Nursing department.                                                

Saturday, December 17 - Commencement Ceremonies - RiverCenter, Davenport
No tickets required

Graduate and Doctoral Hooding/Commencement Ceremony
8:00 a.m
.   Doors open
8:30 a.m.   Candidates line up on the upper concourse of The River Center
9 a.m.         
Ceremony begins

Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony
10:30 a.m.    Doors open
11:15 a.m.   Candidates line up on the upper concourse of The River Center
12:00 p.m.   Ceremony begins              

Diplomas will be available on January 10, 2023. Diplomas may be picked up at the Office of the Registrar during regular business hours (8:00am-4:00pm). Diplomas not picked up by January 20, 2023 will be sent to the address you listed on your grad app.  If you prefer your diploma be mailed out prior to this date, you must email with a verified address.  Diplomas will not be released until all restrictions have been cleared.

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

Conferring Degrees Student Accounts

President amy and bishop with graduate

Degree Candidates

Winter 2022 Candidates

Congratulations to all of our soon-to-be graduates!

Here is the list of winter graduates.

Celebrate Your Graduate!


You have so much to celebrate!

Read below on ways to arrive and park for the ceremony, as well as how to make the day even more special with photos and flowers.

Directions and Parking

Winter Commencement Ceremony
RiverCenter, 136 E. Third St., Downtown Davenport, Iowa, 563-326-8500

Parking is available at the RiverCenter parking ramp on Brady Street between 2nd and 3rd streets.

Parking is complimentary between 7 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 Ceremony
Vibrant Arena at The Mark, 1201 River Drive, Moline, Ill., 309-764-2001

Vibrant Arena at The Markparking 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.

Vibrant Arena at The Mark Guest Policies and Info

All visitors to the Vibrant Arena at The Mark must pass through a metal detector.

Any bags bigger than 5x7x1 inches – except medical or diaper bags – are not permitted and must either be returned to your vehicle or checked at Guest Services. Smaller bags will be searched.

Please Note: The Vibrant Arena at The Mark does not have an ATM on-site.

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 a 20% discount on an order of at least $50. After the ceremony, graduates will receive the photo proofs via text message, 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 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

Order Flowers
Celebrate and honor your graduate with flowers! Pre-ordering is available and flowers will be available for purchase at both ceremonies.

To pre-order your flowers go to SAUWinterCommencementFlowerOrder.

For the Media

Contact the Communications and Marketing Office at 563-333-6295.

Special Accommodations

If you or any of your guests require special accommodations to attend the Commencement ceremony, please call the Accessibility Resource Center at 563-333-6275 or email

Seating for people with mobility challenges or wheelchairs is available in the alcoves adjacent to the suites on the concourse level of the arena (sections 103-116). One or two guests may accompany the person using alcove seating. Additional members of the party may use the reserved seating in the top row of the lower bowl directly in front of the alcove.

Ushers stationed near the elevator are available to transport guests to and from the alcoves upon request. The elevator is located just inside the west end doors of the lobby and moves between the entry level (ground floor) and concourse level only. The elevator opens onto the concourse just outside of section 105.

Sensory Disabilities
Large print programs are available from the ushers on request.

A sign language interpreter is stationed on the right-hand side of the stage (from the audience perspective). Those requiring this service are encouraged to sit in sections 112-116 and may request reserved seating.

Collecting Your Diploma

January –Diplomas available.

Diplomas may be picked up in January (date TBD) at the Office of the Registrar during regular business hours (8 a.m.-4 p.m.). Diplomas not picked up (date TBD) will be sent to the address you listed on your Graduation Application. If you prefer your diploma be mailed out prior to this date, you must email with a verified address.

Please remember that diplomas will not be released until all restrictions have been cleared.

Request Transcripts from SAU

Honorary Speakers and Degrees

Commencement Speakers

Speakers for the Winter 2022 Commencement Ceremonies will be announced in Fall 2022.


Bill McAleer, Associate Registrar

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

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