December Commencement 2020

Graduating seniors are required to attend Commencement. If you are unable to attend and wish to graduate in absentia, please e-mail the Dean’s Office with the reason for your absence.

Dress for Commencement should be business casual to formal. The following official regalia are the only items to be worn during Baccalaureate and Commencement: Wartburg College approved cap, gown, honor cords, and scholarship medallions.

Virtual Commencement
The College will conduct a virtual Commencement, streamed by Knight Vision, on May 24. The virtual ceremony will use the same program, the same script, and the same participants. A representative of the Board of Regents will welcome students; the Dean of Faculty will present students for conferral, a student speaker will offer remarks, and President Darrel Colson will charge the class. In advance of that day, the College will send students their regalia, including the caps, gowns, tassels, and cords, as well as their diploma cover.  A PDF of the program will be posted on this website. The virtual Commencement will be archived. The official diploma and a printed program will be sent to each student following the ceremony.

Special Senior Dinner and More
 The president and his wife will host a special version of the Senior Dinner for the Class of 2020, at Homecoming in October, complete with the College sword and dubbings into Knighthood for all who want a refresher, and the champagne toast that was postponsed. On that weekend, the official Commencement photographer will be available to take traditional pictures of students in their caps and gowns. The college also will carve out a time during Homecoming weekend for the campus community to celebrate their graduation.

Chances to Walk Across the Stage
When we conduct Commencements in December 2020 and in May 2021, the Class of 2020 is invited to walk across the stage with their classmates in a dedicated observance of their class.

Questions about Commencement? Contact Janeen Stewart at

The following information does not apply to 2020 Commencement activities as it will be held virtually.