Wednesday, March 21, 2018
11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Mabee Ballrooms

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

Commencement Rehearsal

Undergraduate Commencement Rehearsal:
Thursday, May 10, 2018
3:30–4 p.m.
Ragsdale Center, Mabee Ballrooms

Graduate and New College Commencement Rehearsal:
Thursday, May 10, 2018
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 10, 2018
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, this event is reserved for graduates only.

For more information about the Legacy Walk and Red Doors Revelry, contact Tony Farmer at afarmer [at]

Baccalaureate Mass

Friday, May 11, 2018
6:30 p.m.
Recreation and Convocation Center

Graduates: Meet in your cap and gown 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
Saturday, May 12, 2018
10 a.m.
Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River, Austin, Texas 78701

Graduate and New College Ceremony*
Saturday, May 12, 2018
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 will be issued six (6) tickets from the Office of Academic Affairs. Students must pick up the their tickets before May 12. A schedule of pick up times and ticket information is available on Guidebook. 


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.