Class of 2020 and Class of 2021

Class of 2020 - Commencement Update

The Class of 2020 Commencement Ceremony is today (Sunday, May 16) at 2 p.m. The Ceremony will be outside on Hollingsworth Field. Graduates may bring four (4) guests.

COVID Safety Tips and Details

  • Masks are required while on campus.
  • Graduates will receive a Gustavus mask designed by a 2021 art major they may choose to wear.
  • Keep 6 feet of physical distance as much as possible.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated, take a COVID test before and after your trip to campus. 

Guest Information

  • If the weather forecast changes to a higher chance of rain, the ceremony will be moved inside and no guests will be allowed to attend.
  • Each Class of 2020 graduate now may bring four (4) guests.
  • Graduates may share their unneeded tickets with those who would like more.
  • Each ceremony will be livestreamed and immediately archived. Access the livestream from a video link that will be posted to this page.
  • All guests are required to wear a face covering at all times on campus.
  • All parking lots are open for parking for graduates and guests.
  • No guests will be allowed on the football field (only in the stadium).
  • The stadium gates will open two (2) hours before the start of the ceremony.
  • Seating will be marked in the bleachers to be in groups of two (2), six feet from others in the row with three (3) between rows.
  • Limited seating is available for those unable to climb stairs. Please call the Marketing Office at 507-933-7520 to request accessible seating.
  • Guests may bring a blanket or chair to sit along the berm.
  • Food for purchase will not be available for guests. Therefore, guests may bring food into the stadium if they wish.

Class of 2021 Commencement

Commencement 2021 Printed Program PDF


Commencement for the Class of 2020

On Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 2 p.m., the Class of 2020 will be honored with an in-person graduation ceremony. The ceremony will be broadcast live and viewed on this page.

  • A decision about location will be announced on this website by 9 a.m. on Sunday, May 16 based on the weather forecast.
  • Overnight housing on campus is not available.
  • Class of 2020 members should bring their cap and gown. If they did not receive one, contact the Book Mark.
Class of 2020 Schedule - Sunday, May 16
Time Activity
8 a.m.
Football Stadium Opens for Guests
Guests may come in, select their seats, leave something to mark their place, and return closer to the ceremony.
9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.  The Book Mark is open
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Gustie Favorites Adventure Game - Class of 2020 Grads Only
Create a small group to traverse campus, re-living Gustie pastimes and traditions using the Goosechase Scavenger Hunt app. Start and stop whenever you wish and go at your own pace. It’s only a competition if you want to make it one. Prizes will be awarded to top finishers!
10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Pick-up Guest Tickets
Campus Center Information Desk
Graduates should pick up their tickets and give them to their guests.

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.   Lunch - Class of 2020 Grads Only
Evelyn Young Dining Room
(no cost)
12 p.m.

Football Stadium Opens for Guests
Guests may come in, select their seats, leave something to mark their place, and return closer to the ceremony.

1:30 p.m. Class of 2020 Required Arrival Time
Report to Hollingsworth Field to get in place for the ceremony.
  • Enter via the tunnel by Lund Center that goes directly onto the Field.
  • Wear your cap and gown.
  • Your name will be on your seat.
  • Go immediately to your seat.
  • Do not wear spiked-heeled shoes (they damage the turf).
  • Bring water in your own water bottle if you wish.
2 p.m.

Commencement Ceremony
Hollingsworth Field
The ceremony will last approximately 90 minutes.
Commencement 2020 Printed Program PDF

Class of 2020 Register to Attend

All 2020 graduates who plan to attend are required to register. Graduates who have not registered, should call the Marketing Office at 507-933-7520.

If you are planning ahead, future Commencements will take place:
  • Class of 2020 - Sunday, May 16, 2021
  • Class of 2021 - Thursday, May 13, 2021
  • May 21, 2022
  • May 27, 2023
  • May 25, 2024
  • May 24, 2025