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Fall Commencement 2017

Please join us for the Fall 2017 Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, December 16 – 11:00 am (Doors at 10:30 am – General Seating)
The History Theatre
McNally Smith College of Music

Reservations are not needed. For planning purposes, please notify Student Affairs if you have a group of more than 6 people attending

If you require any accommodations, please contact Student Affairs at prior to December 9. Every effort will be made to accommodate our guests’ needs.

For those who may want a personal portrait taken of their student, please contact Nick Wosika at to schedule a sitting (prior to 10:00 am on Saturday).

Students must be in their regalia and in the Auditorium at 10:00 am that day.

Light dessert, coffee & punch served in the Atrium after the recessional.

Commencement Photos

To access the graduation photos that were taken for Spring Commencement, click here and enter MSCM2017 for the Gallery ID.

Commencement FAQ

What is the most important thing my student needs to know prior to being able to participate in the Commencement ceremony?

Students MUST complete and submit their graduation applications to Kyle De La Hunt — this is the essential first step! If a student does not remember if they did complete the form, please double check with Kyle at

Where does my student find the graduation application form?

It can be found within each student’s portal. If they have any trouble finding it, please have them stop by Student Affairs asap.

What if my student is completing his/her requirements this summer but they would like to walk in the spring commencement?

Students who complete their programs this summer semester 2017 are welcome to participate in the Spring commencement; however, they are still required to complete the graduation form. (It would be wise for summer graduates to email ( to make sure he has their completed graduation form that states they intend to participate in Spring commencement.)

What if my student is missing a couple of credits this spring, but would like to participate in this commencement along with his/her friends? (see above)

Again, we are happy to allow the student who is a few credits shy to be able to participate in the Spring commencement, but they need to submit the graduate application!

Are tickets required to attend the commencement?

No. Currently, we do not require tickets.

Is there a limit to how many guests each student can have attend the commencement?

Not at this time. We allow for (6) guests per graduate. If you plan to have more than (6) guests – please notify ( There is a balcony that can seat large groups, if necessary.

What time do the graduates need to be on campus?

Graduates need to be on campus and in their caps and gown at 10:00 am. We meet in the McNally Smith Auditorium to have a group photo and go over the details. (Note: students who wish to have individual photos taken should be in room 70 by 9:00 am.)

What time should families be on campus?

Doors to the History Theatre open at 10:30 am and seating is on a first come-first serve basis.

What if our family has any special needs?

If family members have special needs, such as the need for a sign language interpreter or a saved area in order to accommodate a wheelchair or any other accommodation need, please email so we can attend to your needs.

Will there be other photos taken besides the group photo?

Yes. Beginning at 9:00 am, graduates and/or their families and/or friends can meet in room 70 to have individual photos taken by our photographer. This is an optional service and absolutely not required. Additionally, the photographer will take a photo of each graduate as they are handed their diploma by their department head.

How do I get access to the photos?

All photos will be available a week or two after commencement for your ordering pleasure! There will be a website listed in your commencement program and on this Commencement page to connect you to the photos.

Are there any special things I can order (such as announcements) to celebrate my student’s upcoming graduation?

Yes! You can click on the Josten’s link on the McNally Smith Commencment website to learn about the cool things that they have available for McNally Smith graduates.

What’s the best place to park around McNally Smith?

If you park in the Gallery Medical Building parking ramp, which is accessible from Exchange Street, between the Gallery Medical Building and The Church of Scientology, you can take the elevator up to the second floor and cross over Wabasha Street through the skyway directly to the History Theatre. Note: meters are enforced on Saturday. There are also parking meters available around our building.

Are the students charged for Commencement?

Yes and no. $50.00 is charged to each graduate’s student account. However, this is a graduation fee and not considered a commencement fee, even though the college will be ordering the student’s cap and gown on their behalf. The fee is for the regular transcript audits that are required to make sure the student is eligible to receive their degree, among some other administrative duties.

Do the students need to return their caps and gowns?

No. Students keep their regalia (caps, gowns, tassels, and honors cords)