Schedule of Events


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UPDATE - Friday evening's President's Reception has been moved to the Dining Hall.

Given that some events occasionally take longer than anticipated, not all times on this schedule are exact.

Friday, May 13, 2022

9:00 a.m.

Public Rosary for U.S. Bishops' Petitions

St. Benedict's Abbey Church

More information about the Rosary can be found here.

10:00 a.m.

Champagne Brunch

Dining Hall

The Senior Champagne Brunch is for graduates only. 

3:30 p.m.

March of Light

The Raven Walk

The graduates, in academic regalia, will gather at the Benedictine "B" for the traditional photo and blessing. At 4:00 p.m., they will process up the Raven Walk, past faculty and staff, and to Mary's Grotto, where they will place a candle. After that, they will process along the Path of Mary to the Abbey Church.

4:30 p.m.

Baccalaureate Mass

St. Benedict's Abbey Church

Mass is being celebrated by the Most Rev. Joseph Naumann, DD, Archbishop of the Diocese of Kansas City in Kansas. There is limited seating in the main sanctuary, but there will be simulcast locations.

6:00 p.m.

President’s Reception

Dining Hall

Immediately following Mass, graduates, along with their family, and faculty and staff are invited to be the guests of President Stephen D. Minnis and the Benedictine College Administration for the President’s Reception. This is an occasion to enjoy light refreshments and visit with family and friends as well as College personnel. Beer and wine will be available for sale.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

7:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

Dining Hall

There will be a Continental Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the Dining Hall. There is no charge for this breakfast.

9:00 a.m.

Graduate Line-up

Graduates will assemble in cap and gown at 9:00 a.m. outside the Abbey Church. Graduates must pick up their reader card from college staff at the lineup. The procession begins at approximately 9:40 a.m. and will move to Ralph Nolan Gymnasium.

10:00 a.m.


Ralph Nolan Gymnasium

Commencement will be in the Ralph Nolan Gymnasium. Your guests will need to show their tickets at the door to enter the Ralph Nolan Gymnasium.

For guests who cannot come to campus for Commencement or who cannot attend in person in the gym, there will be multiple livestream and simulcast options.

Note: Graduates will receive their diploma folders at the ceremony. Diplomas will be picked up after the ceremony in the hallway outside the Dining Hall.