Saturday, May 10, is a day of celebration on the Winona campus. A joint commencement ceremony for both Winona undergraduate and graduate students is planned for 11 a.m. in the gymnasium. It’s a day for recognizing the accomplishments of more than 560 students. We congratulate them for all they have achieved during their time at Saint Mary’s, and we wish them well in their future endeavors.

The ceremony will be live-streamed over the internet for public viewing.

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As part of the day’s festivities, a baccalaureate Mass will begin at 8 a.m. in Saint Thomas More Chapel, and everyone is invited to a reception for the graduates following the commencement ceremony. The reception will be held in the Plaza (or in case of inclement weather, in Gostomski Fieldhouse).

Limited parking will be available. A shuttle service will be provided from a nearby parking lot. Visit our website for more information.

Handicapped parking is available on campus. Anyone needing special accommodations for seating in the gymnasium should call Barb Schmidtknecht at (507) 457-6678 to make arrangements. In order to honor all handicapped section seating requests, only one additional guest may sit with the individual requesting handicapped seating. A sign language interpreter will be at the ceremony.

This is just one of several commencement ceremonies planned in the coming months as we welcome the 2014-15 graduates into our proud alumni network, more than 40,000 strong. The Twin Cities campus commencement ceremony for the Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs is scheduled for June 1.