Commencement 2015      

Baccalaureate Mass

Saturday May 16, 2015 - 10 a.m.
St. John the Baptist Church
1849 Lincoln, Whiting, IN.

Although all graduates and their families and friends are invited and encouraged to attend the celebration of the Catholic Mass prior to the graduation ceremony itself, attendance is optional. 

9:30 a.m. -  Families should go directly to the church and graduates should report directly across the street to the cafeteria of St. John the Baptist School.  Academic gowns, and mortarboard should be worn during the Baccalaureate Mass.

9:45 a.m. - A procession will be formed from the school and moved to the Church.
Marshals will direct you to your seat.

10:00 a.m. - Mass will begin.  All participants are encouraged to participate in the responses and to sing the hymns. Following the Mass, Marshals will lead the graduation party out of the Church.


Commencement Exercises

12:00 p.m.
Dennis & Leslie Rittenmeyer Athletic Center at Calumet College of St. Joseph
2400 New York Avenue | Whiting, Indiana | Campus Map

10:30 a.m. - Graduates report to the registration tables on the second (2nd floor) across from the elevators to register and receive procedures.  Graduates are expected to arrive promptly at 10:30 a.m. with cap and gown. You will receive further instructions while seated in Room 200.

12:00 p.m. - The commencement ceremony begins in the Dennis & Leslie Rittenmeyer Athletic Center. Balloons are not allowed since they tend to obstruct the view of family members, as well as other graduates.   Flowers and other gifts should not be given to graduates until the ENTIRE ceremony is complete.


Please be advised that the College will not be responsible for any personal items. Therefore, be advised to leave personal items with family, friends, or in your automobile.


Each student will receive 4 tickets to the commencement exercises during Grad Finale on March 19 (except those who must be wait-listed due to late applications for graduation).



Accessibility Assistance
CCSJ Commencement organizers provide a number of services for guests who need a helping hand. We strive to meet all needs, and we urge you to let us know if you or a member of your party requires help on Commencement day. We also ask your patience. We have many people attending the ceremony, it can take a little extra time and effort to make sure that guests in wheelchairs and with limited mobility enjoy the day and are comfortable.


Guests in Wheelchairs: Prior Arrangements Required Due to Limited Seating

  • Seating arrangements are available for guests in wheelchairs, but please make reservations in advance.

  • Contact Disability Services at (219) 473-4349 or

  • Handicap Parking for guests is available in the rear of the building.

  • Ushers will escort the disabled party and one guest to their seats.

  • Wheelchair person(s) must use personal wheelchair. 


  • A photographer from Grad Images will photograph each graduate as he or she crosses the stage to receive their diploma.  You are not obligated to purchase these pictures.  All photos can be viewed and ordered on line at  A confidential photo proof will be emailed to you with viewing and purchasing instructions. For additional information, contact GradImages at 1-800-261-2576.. 

  • On the spot photos will be taken by Photoman Studios for graduates, family and friends in the lobby of the 2nd floor from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm and from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m.  The package available is: 

One (1) 6 x 8, eight (8) 3 ½ x 5 wallet size - $20.00

We understand that your loved ones will want to take pictures of you receiving your diploma.  We encourage this; however, family members and friends will not be allowed to approach the stage.


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Telephone: (219) 473-4220 (Indiana)
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