Keepsake Items


  • The bookstore will be open on May 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ceremony Photography and Video

  • Guests will not be able to approach the stage area and graduate seating area prior to the start of the ceremony or the duration of the ceremony for any reason, including photography and videotaping.

  Grad Images

  • Professional photographers from Grad Images will be present at Academic Attire Distribution to take a ceremony portrait of graduates in academic attire. They will also be present at the Commencement Ceremony to take photographs of graduates as they enter the stage, while shaking the hand of their Dean and as they exit the stage.
  • To ensure graduates receive the digital proofs, please complete the order card that will be distributed during the ceremony and hand the card to the photographer before going up the ramp of the stage to be recognized.
  • Graduates can pre-order their photographs by pre-registering.
  • For replacement of photos, please contact Grad Images, Customer Service Department at (800) 261-2576.

  Graduation Nation

  • The Commencement Ceremony will captured on video and a DVD will be made available to graduates.
  • Graduates can pre-order their DVD by visiting Graduation Nation

Class Rings

Diploma Frames

Graduation Announcements

  • Personalized St. John's University graduation announcements are available for purchase online from Herff Jones.
  • Announcements must be ordered six (6) weeks prior to graduation.

Stole of Gratitude

  • The Stole of Gratitude can be worn during the commencement ceremony.
  • After the ceremony, traditionally the new graduate presents the Stole of Gratitude to someone who has provided them with wisdom, guidance, and words of support or with financial assistance.
  • The Stole of Gratitude is available for purchase during Academic Attire Distribution from Herff Jones

Tassels and Certificates of Appreciation

  • Graduates receive a plain black tassel with their academic attire.
  • Commemorative red and white tassels are available for purchase during Academic Attire Distribution from Herff Jones.
  • Certificates of Appreciation can be purchased during Academic Attire Distribution from Herff Jones.