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General Information for Participants

May Commencement Ceremony

Location: Fontbonne’s Campus on Saturday, May 6, 2023 at 11:00 AM in the Dunham Student Activity Center

If you are unable to physically attend the commencement ceremony, we are live streaming the ceremony and invite you to watch.  The link will become available for you to bookmark as we get closer to Commencement.

If the pronunciation of your name is mistaken by others, please help us get it right on stage. Call the Commencement Pronunciation Line at 314-719-8036.

May 2023 Commencement Ceremony RSVP

If you are planning to attend the ceremony, please RSVP using this link.

Career Development

Do you need a job search strategy, or just want to brush up on your interview and negotiation skills?  Contact Emily Huey, Director of Career Development, at, call 314-889-4579, stop by Ryan 304 or book a time to chat.

Commencement Checklist

Use this checklist of mandatory items to be sure you’re ready to walk across the stage on commencement day.

Caps and Gowns must be ordered through Jostens.  The deadline to order is March 15th.  

Undergraduate and Master’s students use this link to order caps and gowns.

Doctoral students – information coming soon!

Undergraduate tassels are to be worn on the right side of the cap until the announcement is made at the ceremony to formally move the tassels to the left side. Graduate tassels are worn on the left side at all times.

Graduate and undergraduate candidates are invited to wear the stole and pins that they have received at the convocation ceremonies held throughout their years at Fontbonne University.


Congratulations! Graduation is a key milestone on your journey with Fontbonne University, although it doesn’t mean your travels with us are over!

Now is your chance to give back and support the next generation of Griffins. Make a donation of $23 to Fontbonne University in honor of your graduation year and as a thank you we will send a special commemorative tassel with your graduation year.  Make your donation when you complete the form to order your cap and gown or click here.

We would like to stay connected with through your exciting career. When you take a new job or just move your residence, update your contact information here. We love to hear from you. Make a pledge today to keep your contact information current for the next 50 years, so that you will not miss your 50th Reunion Celebration in 2073.

Additional Information

Those undergraduate students that qualify and are receiving academic honors will be notified by the Registrar’s Office. To calculate Latin honors, Fontbonne uses the grades for all courses taken at other colleges and universities, as well as all courses taken at Fontbonne (will include final semester grades).

Latin Honors are as follows:

    • Cum Laude: 3.7 to 3.79 cumulative grade point average
    • Magna Cum Laude: 3.8 to 3.89 cumulative grade point average
    • Summa Cum Laude: 3.9 or above cumulative grade point average

If you are graduating with Latin Honors, you will pick up your cords in the Registrar’s Office, Ryan 205 after you have received your notification. Master degree candidates do not wear honor cords. 

Further details regarding the distribution of the honor cords will be shared once they become available.

Diplomas are not given at the commencement ceremony. Students participating in the ceremony will only receive a diploma cover as they process across the stage.  Diplomas are typically mailed around 6-8 weeks after the commencement ceremony.

Commencement Arrival Information

Entrance into the Dunham Student Activity Center DSAC requires tickets. Doors open at 10:00 AM. Guests will be held outside beginning at 10:55 AM until the ceremony procession has completed.

Each participant is allowed up to 7 tickets for the Ceremony. Students will be contacted when tickets become available.

Tickets are required for entrance into the Dunham Student Activity Center on the day of Commencement. Doors open at 10:00 AM.

Photographers will be available from 8:30-10:30 AM in Medaille Hall. Graduates must check-in by 10:00 AM at the designated table in Medaille Hall. Additional instructions will be provided to Graduates at that time.

Graduates and guests are able to park in Lots A, B, C and E as shown on this map. Lot D is reserved for individuals needing accessible parking. The Horseshoe Lot is not available and not accessible from Wydown Blvd. on the day of the ceremony.

May 2022 Commencement Ceremony recordings can be found here.

December 2022 Commencement Live Stream Link

December 2022 Commencement Program

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