2019 May Commencement Weekend Schedule

Thursday, May 23
6 p.m., Senior Pig Roast (seniors only)—Walston-Hoover Stadium
Rain site: 4-H Building, 5th Avenue and 8th Street SW

Saturday, May 25 
10 a.m.-2 p.m., The Wartburg Store open—Saemann Student Center
2 p.m., Senior Recital, featuring members of the Class of 2019—Wartburg Chapel
6:30 p.m., May Term Band Concert—South Campus Mall (Rain site—McCaskey Lyceum)

Sunday, May 26, Commencement, 1:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 26

7:30 a.m., Commencement Rehearsal—Levick Arena, The W
8:30 a.m., Senior Breakfast—Mensa, Saemann Student Center
9 a.m.-1 p.m., Konditorei open—East side of Vogel Library 
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Den Rittersaal open—The W
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Zesty Orange open—The W
10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., The Wartburg Store open—Saemann Student Center
10 a.m., Baccalaureate—Neumann Auditorium
     The Rev. Dr. Brian Beckstrom, Dean of Spiritual Life, 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 student ID. Reservations are not required.)  MENU (coming soon)

1 p.m., Pre-Commencement Concert by The Wartburg College Wind Ensemble—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, 400 12th St. NW

  • No spike-heeled shoes are allowed in the Hoover Field House and Track.
  • Doors open at 12:30 p.m. for seating.
  • All Regents and Presidential Scholarship recipients are encouraged to wear their medals with caps and gowns for Baccalaureate and Commencement. (If you have questions regarding the medals, please contact Admissions at 319-352-8264 or
  • Seating on the floor (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.–7 p.m.
Waldemar A. Schmidt Art Gallery, Bachman Fine Arts Center

Questions about Commencement? Contact Janeen Stewart at

2018 December Commencement

Sunday, Dec. 9
10:30 a.m., Wartburg Chapel
Presiding Pastor: Rev. Dr. Brian Breckstrom
Wartburg Medal Recipient: Dr. Robert E. Lee, professor emeritus of music

Graduation brunch is available in the Mensa from 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m. Graduates can use their board plan for the brunch. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children 5-12 years, and under five are free.

Degree Completion

Outstanding High-School Teacher Award

Click here to read about last 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.