Cardinal Stritch University holds the Commencement ceremony, and related activities, each spring in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

Cap and Gown Pick-up Information:

Academic apparel will be available for pick-up during these times:

Wednesday, May 10th: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Thursday, May 11th: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Friday, May 12th: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Saturday, May 13th: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Monday, May 15th through Thursday, May 18th: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm 
Friday, May 19th: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Saturday, May 20th: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Sunday, May 21st: 8:00 am to 1:00 pm

Although the bookstore will be open on Sunday, May 21st from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, it is strongly recommended that you pick up your academic apparel prior to this date.

If your academic apparel was ordered after March 24th, it will not be available for pick-up until Wednesday, May 17th.

If you have any questions about cap and gown pick-up, please call the Bookstore at 414-410-4035.

May 2017 Commencement Weekend Events

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing and Health Sciences Pinning Ceremony
Time: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, reception to follow
Location: Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery
Joan Steele Stein Center for Communication Studies/Fine Arts
Address: Cardinal Stritch University, 6801 N. Yates Road, Milwaukee, WI 53217 |  MAP

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Commencement Mass
Time: 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Location: Fieldhouse
Address: Cardinal Stritch University, 6801 N. Yates Road, Milwaukee, WI 53217 |  MAP

This liturgy is a celebration in the Catholic tradition of the University where all graduates in attendance will receive a San Damiano cross to wear at Commencement. All graduates (undergraduate, graduate and doctoral) and families are encouraged to attend regardless of faith denomination.

Commencement Reception with Presidential Champagne Toast
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: First Floor Atrium, Bonaventure Hall
Address: Cardinal Stritch University, 6801 N. Yates Road, Milwaukee, WI 53217 |  MAP

Please join Dr. and Mrs. James P. Loftus immediately following Mass to celebrate all of our graduates. President Loftus will be giving a champagne toast. Light appetizers will be served and there will be cash bar. Read a letter from President Loftus to the 2017 Cardinal Stritch University graduates.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Commencement Ceremony
Undergraduate (Associate and Bachelor’s) Ceremony: 10:00 am
Graduate (Master’s and Doctoral) Ceremony: 2:00 pm

Location: Wisconsin Center (website)
Address: 400 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203 |  MAP

Attention Master’s and Doctoral Graduates: If you need assistance with your graduation hood, view this video from the College of Saint Rose.


Proofs will be sent to your home and via email within three to five days after graduation. Pictures can be ordered online, by phone, or by mail. GradImages can be contacted at (800) 261-2576 or Registering with GradImages provides them with the information they need to deliver your graduation proofs to you in a timely manner. Giving them an accurate mailing address and email address will allow them to get your proofs to you on the first try.You may also provide them with email addresses of up to six friends and family members to allow them to celebrate in the accomplishment.

Order a Congratulations Cake from Sendik's

We have provided Sendik's exclusive use of our logo to make it easier for students and families to order cakes celebrating graduation. Round and pan cakes are available from the bakeries in Whitefish Bay and Mequon.

Cardinal Stritch University Cake with Congratulations

Stritch Cake with Congratulations

Cardinal Stritch University Cake with Logo

Stritch Cake with Logo

Alumni Benefits

As a Stritch graduate, you will join a network of more than 34,000 alumni, earning automatic membership in the Cardinal Stritch University Alumni Association, which offers you a lifetime of benefits. With graduation around the corner, now is the time to evaluate your goals and develop your plan. Contact Career Education if you would like to meet with a career counselor to discuss your career decision-making, graduate school options, or job search strategies.

StritchConnect is also the best way for Career Services to stay in touch with you as a graduate. Please create or update your profile today with an email address you use regularly. Your initial username is your Stritch ID number and the initial password is “stritch.” Please contact Career Services at (414) 410-4157 if you have questions about registering for StritchConnect. We are available to assist you with all of your career-related activities, including:

  • Making career choices that are right for you.
  • Assessing options and developing effective job search strategies.
  • Identifying and researching potential local, national, and international employers.
  • Developing effective resumes and other written employment search correspondence.
  • Practicing your interviewing techniques and negotiating your salary and benefit package.
  • Comparing job offers and reaching a decision that supports your goals and future success.

Opportunity for Graduating Students

One undergraduate and one graduate student will be selected to speak at the appropriate commencement ceremony in May.  This could be your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share your ideas and inspirations with your peers. 

Criteria for application:

  • A student earning any degree is eligible
  • Must be in good standing at the University and in the community
  • Must have met all requirements to participate in commencement
  • Must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average
  • Must be endorsed by academic department (this will be part of administrative process)

To apply:

  • Complete application form
  • Attach updated resume
  • Write a 3 page speech (5-6 minutes when read) that:
    • Is relevant and inspiring to graduates of all majors or programs
    • Is consistent with Franciscan values
    • Includes at least one compelling story or memory that inspires you to go forward and make a difference
    • Includes a “charge” or “challenge” to fellow graduates about how they might make a difference

Finalists will be invited to audition the week of April 10th.

Application, resume, and 3 typed pages of your speech (double spaced) are due to the Student Affairs Committee by March 27th.  Complete applications can be sent by email, mailed to Payal Chawda, 6801 N. Yates Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53217, or you may drop them off directly at the Student Services Desk in Bonaventure Hall.