Santa Fe Commencement 2022

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Grads, alumni, and guests, please note there will be heavy traffic along Camino de Cruz Blanca on the morning of Saturday, May 21 as Santa Fe Prep, a neighboring school located at 1101 Camino de Cruz Blanca, is hosting its commencement at 11 a.m. We encourage you all to arrive at least an hour early to give enough time for parking and to be on the field well ahead of our 10:30 a.m. start time. Please scroll down to the FAQs below for updated information on parking, as well as indoor masking protocols for campus buildings.

St. John’s College, Santa Fe will hold its 55th Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. on the Athletic Field (by the Student Activities Center). Join us in May to see our Class of 2022 and returning Class of 2020 undergraduate and graduate students receive their Bachelor of Arts in the Liberal Arts and Master of Arts.

Our Santa Fe speaker will be the newly inaugurated Annapolis President Nora Demleitner. President Demleitner is the 25th Annapolis president in the college’s 325-year history, the ninth since the inception of the current Program of Study in 1937, and our first female president. Her appointment began January 1, 2022, after she completed her final fall semester as the Roy L. Steinheimer Jr. Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University School of Law. President Demleitner is an expert in criminal justice issues and was drawn to the college’s rigorous practice of reasoned inquiry and dialogue as a means of getting at truth and understanding.

Please note the event will also be streamed virtually and recorded for future viewing,

View the Virtual Ceremony

Commencement Events

Wednesday, May 18

5 p.m.

Senior Dinner for Class of 2022
Meem Placita (Rain: Great Hall)

Friday, May 20

11:30 a.m.

College Community Commencement Picnic
Athletic Field, also known as Practice Field (49) on campus map (Rain: Dining Hall)

1 p.m.

Faculty-Staff-Student Softball Game
Soccer Field, refer to 48 on campus map (Rain: Game canceled)

4 p.m.

President’s Reception for Class of 2022 families, friends, seniors, and Graduate Institute degree candidates
Meem Placita (Rain: Great Hall)

6 p.m.

Joint Class of 2022 & 2020 Graduate Institute Dinner
Levan Hall (outside)

Saturday, May 21

8–9 a.m.

Photography Session for Class of 2020
Athletic Field

9–10:15 a.m.

Photography Session for Class of 2022 graduate candidates
Athletic Field

9–10:15 a.m.

Photography Session for Class of 2022 baccalaureate candidates
Athletic Field

10:30 a.m.

Commencement Exercises
Athletic Field (Rain: Student Activities Center)

Buffet Luncheon to follow immediately
Athletic Field

5 p.m.

Senior Dinner for Class of 2020
Meem Placita (Rain: Great Hall)

This schedule is subject to change.

Hotel Information

We recommend making reservations as early as possible. Please consider staying at one of the accommodations listed on Campus Travel.


To help with your trip planning, here is a list of ground transportation options to Santa Fe from the Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ) airport.

The Santa Fe Regional Airport (SAF) also has direct flights from Denver, Phoenix and Dallas.

Disability Access

If you have a family member with special needs, please contact sfcommencement(at) to make arrangements.

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