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Graduation Adds Overflow Capacity

2013 UST Graduate with Diploma

Update (4/14/14):  

University of St. Thomas graduates may invite additional family and friends to the Commencement Ceremony at 10 a.m. on May 17, 2014, with the addition of an Overflow Pavilion next to Reliant Arena, which requires tickets this year.  

Students still have access to a limited number of tickets for seating in Reliant Arena, but the overflow venue will be open to guests who do not have tickets for seating in the Arena. The deadline to pickup Reliant Arena tickets is May 3. See details below.

The Overflow Pavilion is adjacent to the Arena and will feature a live-stream video of the ceremony. Guests should enter at the Reliant Arena entrance, and there will be volunteers and signs directing guests to the Pavilion area.

UST Registrar Kim Sanders said the additional venue was added in response to students’ requests to invite more friends and family to attend the event.

“We heard you and we listened,” Sanders said. “We’ve added an overflow space based on the survey of graduates, who said they wanted to invite additional guests outside the allotted six tickets. We know this is an exciting time for graduates and their family. While space is still limited in Reliant Arena, we would like to extend an invitation for guests to celebrate graduates by watching the event live nearby.”

There is no charge for tickets to Commencement in Reliant Arena or for access to the Overflow Pavilion.

Read more about graduation in the Frequently Asked Questions

Graduation Becomes a Ticketed Event

2013 UST Graduates Processing During CommencementPublished: 3/28/2014

The University of St. Thomas will celebrate 1,013 graduates with a Commencement Ceremony at 10 a.m. on May 17, 2014 at Reliant Arena, located at 1 Reliant Park. This year, the University will require tickets for all guests, to help accommodate the increased number of guests expected.

Students Receive 6 Tickets for Guests at Reliant Arena

Participating graduates will receive six free tickets for friends and family to sit in Reliant Arena, located at 1 Reliant Park. Tickets will be required for all guests age 2 and older. Children under 2 years old do not need a ticket if they are held in a parent’s lap.

Tickets will be available for pickup at the Grad Finale from 4-7 p.m. on April 3 in Scanlan Room, Jerabeck Center.

After the Grad Finale, the tickets will be available for pickup starting April 4 in the Office of the Registrar in Herzstein Enrollment Center during business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Tickets will also be available on Saturdays, April 26 and May 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Students must pick up tickets in person with an ID card.

The deadline for picking up tickets is May 3. After that date, tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis on May 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  A limit will be specified at a later date.

No Tickets Required for Graduation Mass, Reception

The Baccalaureate Mass will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 16 at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 1111 St. Joseph Parkway. Due to limited parking at the Co-Cathedral, it is recommended that students and guests take advantage of the free shuttle service from St. Thomas to the Co-Cathedral, starting at 5 p.m. Parking will also be free in the Moran Center Parking Garage on May 16. View Co-Cathedral parking information.

There will be a Graduation Reception hosted by the Office of Alumni Relations on the Crooker Patio immediately following Mass for graduates, family, friends and faculty to celebrate.

No tickets are required for the Mass or reception on Friday.

Watch Commencement Live

A live stream of the Commencement Ceremony will be available online for anyone who is unable to attend the event. Share the live stream page with family and friends in advance of graduation.

For more information about graduation events, contact the Office of the Registrar at