St. Bonaventure University

Guide for Graduating Students

Students participating in Commencement must check in upon arrival at the Reilly Center. Please use the student entrance on the east side of the RC, the entrance most commonly used by students for basketball games. You will receive a name card, then proceed to the basement to line up for the procession.

Promptness is critical to the success of Commencement. Please arrive at your designated assembly point by 9:30 a.m.

A helpful 'to do' list 

Graduation is more involved than handing in that last paper and attending Commencement exercises. There are forms to submit, residence check-out procedures to follow, not to mention myriad details about Commencement itself, such as rehearsal times and designated assembly areas.

This site will help guide you through the graduation process at St. Bonaventure University.

Below, grouped by office or department, are the steps and procedures required of a graduate for successful departure from St. Bonaventure as a student and his or her welcoming into the proud family of SBU alumni.

Alumni Launch Party

Friday, May 3
2-4 p.m.
The Rathskeller 
Hosted by the Office of Alumni Engagement, Alumni Launch Party brings together in one location representatives of various campus offices to help seniors ensure that they meet all requirements to graduate. There will also be an opportunity to contribute to the Senior Class gift.  

Office of the Registrar

Graduates, please make sure to do the following:

  • Review your degree audit to ensure that each section either shows "Complete" or "Pending completion of unfinished activity." If you have any section that shows "In progress," please see Cassandra Dowe at the Office of the Registrar in the Administration Building.
  • Double-check that major(s) and minor(s) are accurately listed on your degree audit.
  • All graduating students (bachelor's and master's degree candidates) must complete the MANDATORY Graduation Application on by Friday, March 15. Please note: Only students are able to access this application on my.sbu.

  • Students who don't meet degree requirements
    Students who anticipate being six (6) credit hours or fewer short of meeting their degree requirements, but who wish to participate in the May 2024 Commencement, must fill out the Graduation Application on This form will ask if you intend to participate in the May Commencement Ceremony and will ensure that your name is listed in the program with your classmates — with the understanding that you will complete your degree requirements at an agreed upon date. This form must be completed by May 1.

Office of Residential Living

  • Residence hall or on-campus apartment checkout: Students are to be checked out of their residence halls and apartments no later than 5 p.m. Sunday, May 12 (Commencement Day).
  • Don't forget to return your key(s). Keys are to be dropped off at the key boxes outside of Campus Security at Robinson Hall (the entrance facing the Reilly Center). Key envelopes are provided on the table under the key boxes. Failure to do so results in a lock change charges for bedroom door and, if in the apartments, front door.
  • Make sure your room is clean and free of all personal belongings.
  • Your RD will contact you closer to Senior Week regarding other proper checkout procedures.

Information for the graduate

From Commencement tickets to getting your cap and gown, this section provides answers to many of the questions you may have as Commencement nears.