Letter to the Graduates

Dear Graduating Senior:

During your years on this campus you’ve learned theories and models, written research and opinion papers, participated in discussion groups, and involved yourself in campus life. Your application for graduation indicates that you are about to transition from one phase of your life to another. This is a tremendous accomplishment, and I look forward to celebrating it with you.

We know you will leave St. Mary's College prepared to begin a new career in the world of work or advanced studies at another institution. We also hope you take with you fond memories of your experience at St. Mary’s.

You are probably already thinking about the opportunities and challenges this transition presents – starting a career, volunteer work such as Peace Corps, travel, or advanced studies. Please make use of the Career Development Center, the Counseling Center, your academic adviser, and other faculty and staff members. We are all here to assist you with information to help you make decisions during this important transition.

This packet includes the following information to help you plan for the end of the semester and Commencement:

  • Convocation and Commencement Information Sheet ~ This information sheet should answer most questions that you may have about Convocation and Commencement. A copy is also being sent to your family. 
  • Senior Week Schedule and Ticket Order Form ~ Because many of the events require a prepaid ticket, this information has been sent to your family in case they wish to purchase tickets as a graduation gift. Please talk with your family so that duplicate tickets are not purchased, and be sure that you have made your purchase by the deadline. 
  • Timeline ~This is a schedule of important dates and times between now and Commencement. 

Because the B.A. degree is conferred and diplomas are distributed during the ceremony, you must have completely finished all graduation requirements to participate in Commencement, with no incompletes or pending courses to be taken in the upcoming summer or fall. If you have questions regarding graduation requirements, please consult your adviser and/or the Registrar’s Office.

A final note about the ceremony: Commencement is our collective recognition and celebration of your hard work and accomplishments. Out of respect for the significance of the occasion and to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all, the St. Mary’s College of Maryland Commencement ceremony is an alcohol-free activity.

Congratulations, and enjoy these last few weeks of undergraduate life. I wish you all the best.


Beth Rushing
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty