2017 December Commencement
Sunday, Dec. 10, Wartburg Chapel, 10:30 a.m.
Reception to follow in the Bachman Fine Arts Center lobby.

Dr. Andrea Eslick, assistant professor of psychology, will give the message. She is the recipient of the 2017 John O. Chellevold Student Award for Teaching Excellence and Professional Service. During the service, Dr. August Waltmann ’64, professor emeritus of mathematics, will be awarded the Wartburg Medal, which recognizes individuals who have provided significant service to the college and who have demonstrated a personal commitment to Wartburg’s mission. The service will be live streamed online and can be found at

2017 May Commencement Weekend Schedule (Tentative)

Thursday, May 25
6 p.m., Senior Pig Roast (seniors only)—Walston-Hoover Stadium
Rain site: 4-H Building, 5th Avenue and 8th Street SW

Saturday, May 27
10 a.m.-2 p.m., The Wartburg Store open—Saemann Student Center
2 p.m., Senior Recital, featuring members of the Class of 2017—Wartburg Chapel (Tentative)
6:30 p.m., May Term Band Concert—South Campus Mall (Rain site—McCaskey Lyceum)

Sunday, May 28
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
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 student ID. Reservations are not required.) MENU – Scrambled eggs ,bacon, breakfast burrito, roasted chicken quarters, vegetarian chickpea quinoa pilaf, green bean casserole, wild rice, homemade wheat and white dinner rolls, salad bar, deli, pasta court, rice, cheesecake

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.–3 p.m.
Waldemar A. Schmidt Art Gallery, Bachman Fine Arts Center

Questions about Commencement? Contact Janeen Stewart at

Outstanding High-School Teacher Award

Click here to read about this year’s honorees.

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.