Degree Completion & Graduation

Saint Michael’s College awards degrees three times per academic year: in December (after fall term), in May (after spring term), and in August (after summer term). For August and December graduates, degrees are added to transcripts and diplomas are mailed within three weeks of the official graduation date. May graduates generally receive diplomas at the May Commencement ceremony. Degrees are added to May graduates’ student records within one week of Commencement. For those who do not attend Commencement, diplomas are mailed within three weeks following the ceremony.

Fall – December 15, 2023

Spring – May 8, 2024 (Commencement ceremony will take place on Sunday, May 12, 2024)

Summer – August 23, 2024

The Registrar’s Office requires that students fill out a Graduation Application at the beginning of the academic year in which the degree is expected. The application allows the College to collect information on how students want their names on their diplomas, the hometowns they want listed in the Commencement program, and more. The Graduation Application for the 2023-2024 academic year will be available in KnightVision Self Service starting in September of 2023. Students with senior standing will be notified and prompted by email to fill it out.

Graduating students and families are advised to monitor the SMC Commencement website for information about the event.

Participation in Commencement


Students who have completed all of their degree requirements by the end of a given spring semester are fully eligible to participate in May Commencement Exercises. Graduates will have their names called, process across the stage to receive their diplomas, and have their names printed in the Commencement program.


Undergraduate students who are within eight credits of meeting their degree requirements are eligible to “walk” at the May Commencement Exercises. “Walkers” have their names called, process across the stage to receive a blank diploma cover, and are listed in the Commencement program.


Undergraduate students who are not eligible to graduate or “walk” (as outlined above) – yet feel an affiliation with the graduating class – may “robe” for the Commencement ceremony. “Robers” process with their class at the beginning and end of the ceremony. They do not have their names called, and they are not listed in the Commencement program.