Prepping for the big day!
Just about everything that you need to know about Commencement Weekend at SFU is below, but If you have any questions, please contact 814-472-3005 . Stop by the Information Desk in the upper level of the John F. Kennedy Student Center when you get here for a copy of the final schedule including hours of operation for John F. Kennedy Student Center, the bookstore ,Torvian Cafe and Frankie's.
Printable 2018 Checklist
Visit the Herff-Jones website to order your cap and gown on-line. The deadline to order is March 18, 2018.
Caps and gowns can be picked up at the University Bookstore in the JFK Center starting the week of April 23, 2018. Hours for pick-up are as follows:
Monday, April 23 - 8:30 a.m.—6:00 p.m.Daily Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.—4:00 p.m. and Saturday 11:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m.Saturday, May 12 - 11:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.Sunday, May 13—8:30 a.m.—10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. —2:00 p.m. in Stokes
The cost of your cap and gown is included in the graduation fee that will be billed to your student account by the Business Office.
Personalized announcement packages may be purchased through Herff-Jones. Announcements will arrive personalized with your name, degree, major and commencement date information. The Saint Francis University Bookstore carries general announcement packets for students who prefer a simpler option.
A final schedule of all University services (John F. Kennedy Student Center hours, Saint Francis University Bookstore hours, and Torvian Cafe and Frankie's hours) will be available at the Information Desk in the upper level of the John F. Kennedy Student Center during Commencement Weekend. If you have any questions regarding Commencement weekend activities, please contact 814-472-3005. Congratulations to you and your families. Enjoy the weekend!
Parking for Commencement is available in the commuter parking lot adjacent to the Stokes Athletics Center and in the parking lot adjacent to the John F. Kennedy Student Center. Those who have difficulty walking or who use a wheelchair may be dropped off near the main entrance of Stokes. University police officers will be stationed near the Stokes Athletics Center to provide directions. If you have questions in the weeks before Commencement regarding special parking needs, please contact University Police at 814- 472-3360.
Directions to campus.
For those interested in arranging overnight accommodations in the local area, a list of
area hotels and motels is available.
Saint Francis aims to ensure that all guests enjoy an accessible commencement. Wheelchair reservations, requests for interpreters, and all other accessibility requests can be made by contacting April Fry at 814- 472-3176 or
During the Commencement exercises, Lifetouch Photography Studio will photograph each graduate as they receive their diploma. Lifetouch photographers will also be available in the JFK Auditorium to take posed pictures of graduates after the Graduate ceremony and before the Undergraduate ceremony. The photography studio will email information about the handshake photos to parents and students prior to Commencement. All portraits from the Commencement will be available via the Lifetouch website. Students and parents can order any pictures that are taken at graduation by logging in and using the guest password St_Francis_Grad18.
The stage in the JFK Auditorium is available to families who want to take photos of their son or daughter following the Graduate ceremony. Undergraduate candidates who wish to take family photos may do so on stage in Stokes following the graduation ceremony.
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