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Commencement at Aquinas College

Participants To Do List

More tasks will be added to our checklist as we finalize details for commencement activities.

□ Apply for graduation

Contact Graduation Auditor Shannon Pelton at Once you have applied, you'll start receiving our weekly Commencement updates via email.

□ Order cap and gown

Order from Herff-Jones by March 28 for free shipping to AQ Bookstore or by April 12 for shipping to home.

□ Order graduation announcements, diploma frame and class ring

Order from Herff-Jones for shipping to your home.

□ Complete and return special accommodation form

Fill out our Accommodation Request Form by April 23 if you have a commencement-related accommodation request.

□ Complete and return RSVP form for Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement Ceremony

Students who have applied for graduation received the Commencement RSVP form via email. Please let us know whether or not you are able to join us for commencement activities by April 26.

□ Submit thank-you messages

Graduates received a submission form via email. Submit special thank-you messages for faculty, staff, family and friends to be displayed during the livestream. Deadline to submit is April 26.

□ Submit the 2021 Graduation Legacy Survey

Graduates received a submission form via email. Please respond by April 26.

□ Attend GradFest

This year, GradFest will be a celebratory event for graduates. Join us on April 26 from noon-2 p.m. or 5-7 p.m. in the Alksnis Athletics and Recreation Building.

□ Pick up cap and gown

If you had your cap and gown order shipped to the AQ Bookstore, it can be picked up from the bookstore beginning April 30. Please check the AQ Bookstore for hours.

□ Submit a digital yearbook profile and download shareable social media images

Graduates received a submission form via email. Submit your photo and profile information to our digital yearbook. Celebrate your achievements with our shareable social media images for parents and graduates. Deadline to submit is May 2.

□ Pre-register with GradImages

Receive a coupon for 20% off your entire order when you pre-register before graduation day at See more information on the Commencement Photography page.

□ 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 in the fall. Visit to complete exit counseling learn about your servicer.

□ 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