Indoor Commencement tickets are distributed to seniors at graduation rehearsal.


Baccalaureate is a worship service that includes Holy Communion, music, readings, prayers and a blessing for the graduates. People of all faiths are welcome. Two services will be held in Christ Chapel at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Go to to reserve complimentary tickets for a Baccalaureate Service.

Seating in Christ Chapel is limited, so there are two opportunities to attend the Baccalaureate Service to accommodate requests. Requests will be filled as received until a service reaches capacity.


Outside on Hollingsworth Field

  • Commencement begins with an academic processional at 1:45 p.m. and the program will start by 2 p.m. on Hollingsworth Field.
  • Tickets are not required if the ceremony is held outdoors.
  • Please plan to be in your seats by 1:45 p.m. and make sure to arrive on campus by 1 p.m. to allow for slow traffic on campus, parking and walking to the stadium.
  • The stadium will open at 12 p.m. Seating is available in the main football stadium, in the chairs on the football field (behind students and faculty), and on the grassy hillside (you are welcome to bring a blanket or lawn-chair for this area).
  • The main row as you enter the stadium will be for wheelchairs and guests who are physically incapable of doing stairs. To get a seat in this roped off area, please see an attendant with a "Host" pin or make a reservation in advancement by emailing or calling 507-933-7520.
  • Only certified service dogs are allowed on campus.
  • Gustavus is tobacco free.

Inside Due to Inclement Weather

  • In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will move indoors to Lund Center Arena (ice arena), where tickets will be required.
  • Three (3) tickets will be distributed to each senior at graduation rehearsal before Commencement from the Office of Marketing and Communication for admittance to Lund Center Arena.
  • The graduate does not need a ticket.
  • The number of tickets allocated is based on the number of graduates and the seating capacity of the arena.
  • There is overflow seating in the Lund Forum (basketball arena) for additional guests and no ticket is needed.
  • There will be a livestream on the large screen in the overflow area.

Tickets may be picked up by students by showing their Gustavus student I.D.

Friday, before Commencement
Pick up tickets at graduation rehearsal or from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Campus Center Information Desk

Saturday, of Commencement
Pick up tickets at the Campus Center Information Desk between 9 a.m. and noon

Lost/Forgotten Tickets

  • Replacement tickets and additional tickets are not available for the ceremony.
  • Guests without tickets will be admitted to the Lund Center Forum (basketball court) to view the Commencement ceremony on large screens.
  • Tickets for the buffet can be replaced at the Campus Information desk during the hours shown above.

    Please contact the Office of Marketing and Communication at or 507-933-7520 with questions about tickets. During Commencement weekend, questions may be directed to the staff at the Campus Center Information Desk.


  • The Gustavus Marketplace has limited hours during Commencement Weekend.
  • It is open on Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. to purchase meals ala carte.
  • The Saturday Commencement Buffet requires a non-refundable purchased ticket.
  • The last time Gustavus students can use their Gustavus Three Crowns Meal Plan is Saturday at 9 a.m.

Commencement Buffet

  • A Commencement Buffet will be held in the Evelyn Young Dining Room in the Campus Center on the Saturday of Commencement from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. You may dine anytime within that time frame.
  • Tickets are $19 each per adult (age 11 and older) and $8 for children 3-10.
  • Tickets are required for each guest, including Gustavus students.
  • They should be pre-ordered at
  • A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. Students may not use their Three Crowns Meal Plan for this event.

On-Campus Housing Reservations

We offer housing in Norelius Hall for the immediate family of our graduates at the cost of $18 per person per night. Rooms have a two-person occupancy with two twin beds. Reservations must be made in advance and can be done at See lodging page for more information about area hotels.