2018 Spring Commencement

Schedule of Events

The 2018 Spring Commencement exercises will take place at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 12, at the Tax Slayer Center (formerly iWireless Center), Moline, Ill.

General Information

  • Order your cap and gown through Jostens through Mar. 22. After that date, order through the SAU Bookstore.
  • 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

March 20
Deadline to apply for graduation. Students applying for graduation after March 20 will not be listed in the printed Commencement program. NO EXCEPTIONS.

May 3
6 p.m. Student Awards Night, Rogalski Center Ballroom

May 7
4 p.m. Medaling Ceremony for Veterans, Rogalski Center Ballroom

May 10
5 p.m. Commencement Rehearsal, Galvin Fine Arts Center; Reception following in Beehive
Undergraduate attendance required if attending the May 12 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!

May 11
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

May 12
9 a.m. Commencement Mass, Christ the King Chapel
10 a.m. Brunch for graduates, families, and guests, Rogalski Center Ballroom. Buy brunch tickets
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 29, 2018, in the Office of the Registrar during regular business hours (8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.). Diplomas not picked up by June 6, 2018, 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.

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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 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.

Spring Commencement Ceremony
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 using I-74.

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.

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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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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