Below are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about Commencement.
Parking and Shuttle Service
Commencement parking will be available across campus as well as at the Graham School of Management (lot 13, south side of 103rd Street). Guests should allow at least 45 minutes to find parking prior to the start of Commencement.
The University will provide limited complimentary shuttle service from remote lots to the shuttle drop off area located in front of the Warde Academic Center located near the Shannon Center. The Saint Xavier University shuttles are marked with the university logo. Multiple pickups will be scheduled, please allow enough time to park, ride the shuttle to the drop off area and walk to the Shannon Center.
Graduates are expected to arrive one hour prior to the ceremony start time.
To avoid traffic issues at the main entrance (103rd Hamlin), additional access to campus is available at 101st and 102nd and Central Park.
Any vehicle displaying a State of Illinois issued ADA placard and requires the use of ADA parking should park in lot 3. Lot 3 is accessible from 103rd Hamlin directly in front of the Shannon Center.
Please note that Saint Xavier University does not provide wheelchairs. Those who are physically challenged may be dropped off in front of the Shannon Center entrance, and Public Safety personnel will be on hand to help direct.
Lining Up and Getting Started
All graduates are to report to the Shannon Center, located at W. 103rd Street and S. Hamlin Avenue on the Chicago Campus, approximately one hour prior to the start of the ceremony. Graduates will be directed to the practice gym, where they are to obtain a name card from the Office of Records and Advising, and proceed to the appropriate processional line.
Staff will be available to help direct you to the appropriate areas. Staff will also be on hand to assist with any last-minute cap and gown issues.
Graduates are encouraged to leave their coats/jackets and personal belongings with their guests since there is no coat check in the Shannon Center. SXU cannot be held responsible for lost/stolen items.
Graduates are expected to arrive one hour prior to the ceremony start time with line-up beginning 30 minutes prior to the ceremony start time. Those who arrive after the processional has begun may not be allowed to participate in the procession. Additionally, it is important to arrive on time, so that graduates may receive instructions, as there is no rehearsal prior to the ceremony day.
Students graduating with diploma honors (cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude) will receive the appropriate honor cords when they obtain their name cards on the ceremony day.
Students who are members of honor societies may receive other honor accessories, but these are generally distributed through the clubs themselves, prior to the ceremony day.
All graduates are to report to the Shannon Center, located at W. 103rd Street and S. Hamlin Avenue on the Chicago Campus, approximately one hour prior to the start of the ceremony. Graduates will be directed to the practice gym, where they are to obtain a name card from the Office of Records and Advising, and proceed to the appropriate processional line (lines are arranged by school, e.g., Arts and Sciences, Nursing, etc.).
Staff will be available to help direct you to the appropriate areas if there is confusion. Staff will also be on hand to assist with any last-minute cap and gown issues.
Off-Campus Dining Options
The Saint Xavier University neighborhood has many excellent restaurants including a selection of restaurants, coffee shops, delis, pizzerias and neighborhood pubs.
View the University's list of neighborhood restaurants (PDF) for more information.
On-Campus Dining Options
Visit the newly renovated Gilhooley's Grande Saloon within walking distance of the Commencement. Gilhooley's will be open Friday from 3 p.m. to midnight and Saturday of Commencement weekend from 9 a.m. to midnight. Be sure to make your reservations early.
Tickets for Admission to Ceremony and Seating Issues
No, only guests are required to have tickets for admission. All guests, including infants and children, require tickets.
- You must present a physical paper ticket at the door in order to be admitted. Tickets on a phone or other mobile device will not be accepted and you will not be allowed to enter the Shannon Center Arena.
- Selling tickets to Commencement ceremonies is in violation of University policy.
Extra tickets, a maximum of two (2), may be requested if they are available beginning Monday, March 23, 2020 at 9 a.m. through Monday, April 6, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. Students will be notified by April 24, 2020, if their request has been approved. Thank you for understanding.
Graduation Photos, Announcement Cards, etc.
Professional photographers from GradImages will photograph each student. Visit the GradImages website and click on the pre-event email registration or call 800-261-2576. You will receive proofs in the mail with the option to purchase.
For inquiries regarding graduation pictures, ordering and related issues, please contact GradImages directly at 800-261-2576.
The graduation photo process is completely outsourced to this vendor, and SXU commencement staff will be unable to assist those who have specific questions related to photography services.
Please allow several weeks after the graduation ceremony for GradImages to mail out your proofs. If you have not received them within a reasonable period, please contact Grad Images directly at 800-261-2576.
CB Graduation Announcements is SXU's vendor for announcements and related note cards. Several weeks prior to the ceremony, CB will send each graduate a generic sample of their product along with ordering information. Because these are only samples, please ignore any name or degree information that may appear on the announcements.
Graduates may submit their own name and degree information to CB for a personalized announcement order. Graduates are under no obligation to purchase.
Should you have inquiries regarding announcement card orders and related services, please contact CB Graduation Announcements directly at 800-433-0296. SXU commencement staff will be unable to assist with issues regarding graduation announcements.
The President of Saint Xavier University will personally hand each graduate a diploma cover, but diplomas themselves are issued at a later time. Diplomas are either mailed to graduates, or held for pickup in the Office of Records and Advising (depending on student preference), at a later date when final grades are officially calculated.
August graduates are issued their diplomas after summer grades are finalized.
All questions related to diplomas, transcripts, and records should be directed to the Office of Records and Advising at 773-298-3501.
A variety of diploma frames are available at the Saint Xavier University Bookstore in the Shannon Center and online.
Study Abroad/International Sashes
Can I purchase a study abroad or international flag sash from the country which I studied abroad to wear at the ceremony?
Saint Xavier University students who have studied abroad, or international students who wish to highlight their home country, are invited to purchase a graduation flag sash. Please see our International Sashes page for more details.