Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

6:00 pm Graduation Ceremony
Cake & Punch to follow

(this is an alcohol-free event) 

Buetow Music Center Auditorium
(#4 on map below)
Concordia University
300 Hamline Ave. N.
St. Paul, MN  55104

TICKETS:  There is limited seating and we will try our best to accommodate families’ needs as we are able. Overflow guests can watch the live-stream on our Facebook page. We will have a live-stream monitor set up in the lobby.


Students arrive at Buetow Auditorium by 4 pm  There will be signs and volunteers helping you get to where you need to be in the building to prepare for the ceremony.  Please be on time.


Buetow Music Center Auditorium, Concordia University, 300 Hamline Ave, St Paul, MN 55104

Maps and details can be found on the site:

Look for signage directing you to the GRS Graduation and Buetow Auditorium.

GUEST TICKETS:  Students confirm the number of family members requiring seats with graduation planners, who make last-minute accommodations as able. Overflow guests can watch commencement live-streamed in the lobby and join us after the ceremony to celebrate our graduates. If you have loved ones who are not able to join us in person, encourage them to watch the live-stream on our Facebook page!

PHOTOS: If you would like photos taken by the graduation photographer, please bring $20 cash or check to receive a photo disc in the mail from our photographer, Thomas Kingrey.

CEREMONY: The commencement ceremony begins at 6:00 p.m., please be seated prior to that time.  Anticipated length of the ceremony is 2 ½ hours. Please note: your student will receive an empty diploma cover during the ceremony.  The actual diploma will be picked up afterward, when returning the gown after the ceremony (don’t forget!).

CAPS & GOWNS: Graduation is free to all students families and their guests. Students arrive and find the prep room across from the auditorium to pick up gown and cap.  At this time, they will also check in with graduation planners to confirm how many family members will be attending.  We will have a final walkthrough of the procession with *ALL* students at 4:45pm in the auditorium. After the walkthrough, students may join their families for photos.  

  • Gowns and caps are provided for the ceremony at no cost and are returned after the event

  • If you prefer to keep your cap (or gown) then you purchase those items. ($20 for cap, $45 for gown)

PHOTOGRAPHY:  Thomas Kingrey,, is the official photographer for school events and is returning for our 2019 graduation!  More information to follow about options for additional photography.

RECEPTION: After the ceremony is complete, please join the seniors and guests for cake and punch.  There are several flavors of cake and a gluten free option. You and your family may continue to take photos in the auditorium as well as outside.

VOLUNTEERS: are needed! It’s a Great River tradition that families of juniors plan and organize the ceremony as a way of paying it forward. Click here to see the volunteer signup.

Preparations are being made to ensure this event will be memorable to your student and family.  Please feel free to contact the Graduation Parent Coordinators if needed with any questions: Heidi Ricks, or Kristin Aitchison

Concordia campus map