Wednesday, March 27, 2019
11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Mabee Ballrooms

GradFest is one-stop shopping for all of your graduation needs. At GradFest you can:

Commencement Rehearsal

Undergraduate Commencement Rehearsal:
Thursday, May 9, 2019
3:30–4 p.m.
Ragsdale Center, Mabee Ballrooms

Graduate and New College Commencement Rehearsal:
Thursday, May 9, 2019
4:15–4:45 p.m.
Ragsdale Center, Mabee Ballrooms

Hilltop Send-Off

In the days leading to Commencement, St. Edward’s University invites all December, May and August graduation candidates to participate in the Hilltop Send-Off. This series of special events held on campus recognizes the achievements of our graduating seniors and welcomes them as new alumni.

Legacy Walk and Red Doors Revelry

Thursday, May 9, 2019
6:40 p.m. 
Recreation and Convocation Center, and Main Building Lawn
Rain Location: Recreation and Convocation Center

Graduates: Meet in your cap and gown between 6:00-6:30 p.m. in the Recreation and Convocation Center gym. We will check IDs and issue wristbands for champagne. 

The Legacy Walk takes graduates through the heart of campus and through the historic red doors of Main Building, symbolizing the completion of their academic careers and entry in the St. Edward’s alumni community. Alumni, faculty, staff and classmates are invited to await the graduates’ arrival as they exit the red doors of Main Building.

The Red Doors Revelry immediately follows. Graduates will enjoy a champagne toast with classmates, faculty and staff on the Main Building lawn. There will be a special prayer from a group of Seniors and a welcome from the Alumni board president. Graduates will receive a special gift.

To keep it intimate, Legacy Walk and Red Doors Revelry are reserved for graduates only.

For more information about the Legacy Walk and Red Doors Revelry, contact Kyle Clark at kclark13 [at]

Baccalaureate Mass

Friday, May 10, 2019
6:30 p.m.
Recreation and Convocation Center

Graduates: Meet in your gown only at the UFCU Alumni Gym by 6:15 p.m.

Baccalaureate Mass is a Catholic Mass honoring graduating seniors. All are welcome — you do not have to be Catholic to attend. Bishop Joe Vásquez and Bishop Daniel Garcia of the Diocese of Austin will be the celebrants. Baccalaureate Mass is open to all graduates, as well as their families and friends.

For more information about the Baccalaureate Mass, contact Josh Stagni at jstagni [at]


There are two commencement ceremonies each spring, one for traditional undergraduates and one for Graduate and New College students. Here is what you need to know about your ceremony.

Undergraduate Ceremony (tickets not required)
Saturday, May 11, 2019
10 a.m.
Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River, Austin, Texas 78701

Clear bag policy will be enforced by Frank Erwin Center.

Graduate and New College Ceremony*
Saturday, May 11, 2019
4 p.m.
Recreation and Convocation Center 

*Note: Only guests attending the 4 p.m. Graduate and New College ceremony require a ticket. Each Graduate and New College student walking in the ceremony will be issued tickets by the Office of Academic Affairs.  The number of tickets and the ticket distribution schedule will be posted in Spring 2019.

Overflow seating for the Graduate and New College commencement ceremony will be available in the Jones Global Events Center, where the ceremony will be live streamed on the large screen.  Tickets are not required for seating in the Jones Global Events Center.


At each commencement ceremony, Flash Photography will photograph each graduate as they exit the stage. Free proofs will be mailed to each graduate within a week of the ceremony. For discounted pricing and expedited service, order online using department code “SE7J.” If you have any questions, visit Flash Photography or call 214-443-9393.

Special Assistance

If you need special assistance during the commencement ceremony due to a physical or mobility challenge, contact the Office of Academic Affairs at 512-448-8741.