Guest Resources


Fall Commencement is typically in Halenbeck Hall Gymnasium. View the seating chart (PDF).

Spring Commencement is typically in Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. View the seating chart (PDF).



  • Parking in university lots and the 4th Avenue Parking Ramp is free on commencement day
  • Street parking is available, as posted

Shuttle Bus Service

St. Cloud State and Metro Bus provide a free shuttle-bus service for graduates, guests and employees.

Ceremony Length

The program runs about 90-120 minutes. Graduates are expected to remain seated with their classmates for the entire program. 

Tobacco Free Campus

St. Cloud State is a tobacco-free campus. Our policy prohibits the use, sale and free distribution of smoking and smokeless tobacco products or any electronic delivery devices used for inhaling vapor (e-cigarettes) on university property. Tobacco use is allowed in private vehicles as long as respect is demonstrated for individuals and the environment.

Tobacco Free Campus

Flag Etiquette

St. Cloud State follows the United States of America Army Regulation (PDF) for the display of flags.

On commencement day, the U.S. flag is displayed near the center of the building. Flags hung above the commencement stage represent nations which host semester-long education-abroad programs. Additional flags on display, as recognized by the United Nations, represent the home countries of more than 1,100 international students.

City of St. Cloud

Check out local lodging and restaurant listings at the St. Cloud Area Convention & Visitors Bureau website.