Participants To-Do List

Here are the most important dates and tasks for the 2023 Commencement Ceremony.

□ Order regalia

Order your cap, gown, hood, and tassel from Herff Jones by March 3 for shipping to campus for pickup at GradFest. You are required to wear cap, gown, hood, and tassel at Commencement.

□ Submit the 2023 Graduation Legacy survey

Complete the Graduation Legacy Survey here by March 31.

□ Attend GradFest to pick up regalia and tickets

Cap and gown orders shipped to campus will be available for pickup at GradFest on April 17, 2023 from noon-2 p.m. or 5-7 p.m. in the Wege Ballroom.

□ Submit the name pronunciation form

Please tell us how your name should be pronounced at commencement by completing this Name Pronunciation Form by April 30.

□ Complete and return special accommodation form

Fill out the Accommodation Request Form for your guests by April 17 if you have a guest who needs special accommodations at the ceremony.

□ Submit thank-you messages

Submit a thank-you message to family, friends, mentors, faculty, coaches or others by April 30. Messages will be displayed on the video screen at Commencement. 

□ Update permanent address with Registrar's Office

Provide the Registrar’s Office with your updated address prior to leaving AQ by sending it to Shannon Pelton at This can happen by May 10.

□ Pre-register with GradImages for graduation photos

When you pre-register for graduation photos prior to May 13, you will automatically receive a coupon code for 20% off your purchase of $50 or more. Add your friends' and families' email addresses and they'll save 20% on your photos, too. Plus, they'll receive a link to view your photos. Submit your information early and rest assured knowing that your proofs will be sent to you as soon as they're available after the event.

□ Complete exit loan counseling

If you have borrowed a Federal Loan while attending Aquinas, you must complete an exit counseling session. Note: If you are graduating in May, but student teaching in the fall, you will have to complete exit counseling by the end of the fall semester. Visit to complete exit counseling and learn about your loan servicer and repayment information.