2016 Commencement Weekend Schedule

Thursday, May 19
6 p.m., Senior Pig Roast (seniors only)—Walston-Hoover Stadium
Rain site: 4-H Building, 5th Avenue and 8th Street SW

Saturday, May 21
10 a.m.-2 p.m., The Wartburg Store open—Saemann Student Center
1-3 p.m., Song Writers Workshop/Digital Recording Studio Kick-off Event, Bachmann Fine Arts Center lobby
2 p.m., Senior Recital, featuring members of the Class of 2016—Wartburg Chapel
6:30 p.m., May Term Band Concert—South Campus Mall
(Rain site—McCaskey Lyceum)

Sunday, May 22
7:30 a.m., Commencement Rehearsal—Levick Arena, The W
8:30 a.m., Senior Breakfast—Mensa, Saemann Student Center
10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., The Wartburg Store open—Saemann Student Center
10 a.m., Baccalaureate—Neumann Auditorium (The Rev. Brian Beckstrom, campus pastor, will preach.)
11 a.m.-1 p.m., Sunday Brunch available—Mensa, Saemann Student Center

(Adult-$10; Child 5-12-$5; under 5-Free; Graduates eat free with their paying parents. Reservations are not required.) MENU – French toast, sausage links, breakfast dessert pizza, carved roast turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing with turkey gravy, quinoa enchilada bake, whole green beans, Malibu blend, wheat and white dinner rolls, salad bar, deli, pasta court, sweet potato, brown rice, apple and cherry pies

1 p.m., Pre-Commencement Concert by Wartburg Bands—Hoover Field House and Track, Wartburg-Waverly Sports and Wellness Center (The W)
1:30 p.m., Commencement—Hoover Field House and Track, The W

  • No spike-heeled shoes are allowed in the Hoover Field House and Track.
  • Doors open at 12:30 p.m. for seating.
  • Seating (in chairs) is available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no limit to the number of family members who may attend. No tickets will be issued.

Senior Art Exhibit open all weekend 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Waldemar A. Schmidt Art Gallery, Bachman Fine Arts Center

Questions about Commencement? Contact Janeen Stewart at

Commencement News

Outstanding High-School Teacher Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize high school teachers who have inspired students in Wartburg’s graduating class and who have thereby significantly contributed to the accomplishment of earning a baccalaureate degree from Wartburg College. Two high-school teachers are selected and recognized Commencement weekend.  Winners will receive $500 each, and a $500 scholarship for a student from their high school would be made available to a rising senior.