Cap and gowns that were not picked up on May 8
Students will pick these up in the senior office or in the gym after the mandatory graduation practice on Friday, May 19. All fines must be cleared prior to picking up caps and gowns.
When is graduation?
The graduation ceremony is on Tuesday, May 23.
Where is graduation? What time does it begin?
The ceremony will be held at the St. Louis University Chaifetz Arena located at #1 South Compton Avenue, Saint Louis, MO 63103. The ceremony begins at 7:00 pm and the doors will open to the public at 6:00pm. Graduates are expected to be in the building no later than 6:00 pm.
When is the mandatory graduation rehearsal?
All seniors participating in the graduation ceremony must attend the rehearsal on Friday, May 19 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm in the Marquette gym. Graduates may leave campus as soon as practice is over.
Where do parents, graduates and visitors park?
Parking is available in the Olive Garage. This garage is located at the corner of Olive Street and Compton Avenue which is approximately 2 blocks from the Chaifetz Arena. Once this garage is full graduates/parents/visitors will be directed to park in the Laclede Garage located at the corner of Grand Boulevard and Laclede Avenue which is approximately a seven minute walk from the Arena. Handicap parking is available in both garages. There is also very limited street parking on Compton Avenue.
Is there a handicap drop-off and seating at Chaifetz Arena?
There is a handicap drop-off located on South Compton Avenue in front of the main entrance. Once inside the Arena ushers can assist you with stair-free handicap seating which is available on the concourse level.
Where do parents and guests enter the Arena?
Parents and guests may use Gates A, B, and C for entry into the Arena.
Where do the graduates enter the Arena?
Graduates must enter through the VIP entrance located on the west side of the building. This entrance is clearly marked. Once inside, graduates will be directed to the staging area. This information will be discussed with graduates at the mandatory practice on May 19th. Only graduates and Marquette staff are allowed in the staging area.
Can noisemakers, balloons, and other celebratory items be brought into the Arena?
Chaifetz Arena absolutely prohibits the use of celebratory items including, but not limited to, air horns, noisemakers, and balloons. These will be confiscated at the gate. In the event that any of these items are brought into the Arena, Chaifetz security will remove the item and ask the owner to leave.
Following the ceremony where do we meet our graduate?
Family members and visitors are not permitted on the Arena floor at any time. This includes following the ceremony. Graduates will return to the staging area immediately following the ceremony to exchange their gown for their diploma. Family members and visitors should meet their graduate outside at a predetermined place.
Will a professional photographer take pictures during the ceremony?
Each graduate's picture will be taken by Lifetouch as he/she crosses the stage to receive his/her diploma cover. Information about those pictures is given to students at graduation practice. Also, 'Copy Cat Video' will video the complete ceremony with close-ups of all graduates as they receive their diploma. Order forms to purchase the video were emailed last week, and they are also on the my blog.
Can I take a picture with my graduate in their cap and gown at the Arena?
Graduates enter the Arena through a separate door from their guests and immediately return to the staging area following the ceremony, there will not be an opportunity to take pictures with your graduate in their cap and gown after the ceremony. So, please take all pictures of your graduate in their cap and gown with family members and friends before he/she enters the building.