Indoor Commencement tickets are distributed to seniors the week before Commencement from the Office of Marketing and Communication.


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 at Hollingsworth Field

Commencement begins at 2 p.m. with the academic procession. followed by the ceremonyon Hollingsworth Field. Tickets are not required if the ceremony is held outdoors.

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 the week before Commencement from the Office of Marketing and Communication for admittance to Lund Center Arena. The number of tickets allocated is based on the number of graduates and the seating capacity of the Arena.

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

Tuesday, May 23 - Thursday, May 25
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Office of Marketing and Communication located in the Lundgren House (middle white house on north end of campus between Norelius and Complex.)

Friday, May 26
1 - 7 p.m.
Campus Information Desk

Saturday, May 27
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Campus Information Desk

Sunday, May 28
9:00 a.m. - noon
Campus Information Desk


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 Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 7 a.m to 9 a.m. to purchase meals ala carte. The Sunday Commencement Buffet requires a non-refundable purchased ticket. The last time Gustavus students can use their Gustavus Three Crowns Meal Plan is Sunday at 9 a.m.

Commencement Buffet

A Commencement Buffet will be held in the Evelyn Young Dining Room in the Campus Center on the Sunday of Commencement, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets are $16 each ($7 for children under 10 years of age). 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 $15.00 per person per night. Reservations must be made in advance and can be done at See lodging page for more information about area hotels.