COMMENCEMENT + GRADUATION INFORMATION

May 2021 Commencement

Questions about Commencement? Contact Janeen Stewart at janeen.stewart@wartburg.edu.

Date Den & Rittersaal Konditorei Zesty Orange
Thursday, May 27 7 a.m.-7 p.m. 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Friday, May 28 7 a.m.-7 p.m. 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 29 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday, May 30 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Attendance
Pending graduates will be notified in April on the process to request to participate in Commencement in absentia. 

Attire
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.

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 admissions@wartburg.edu.

COMMENCEMENT DETAILS FOR GRADUATES:

  • The ceremony will take place outside on Zimmerman Field in Walston-Hoover Stadium. Ceremony time is 10:30 a.m.; in the event of severe weather, the ceremony will be postponed to 1:30 p.m. (we will hold the ceremony at 10:30 a.m. even in light rain).
  • Graduating seniors may have four guests in the stadium; only individuals with tickets will be allowed to enter.
  • Face masks are no longer required, but we strongly encourage all unvaccinated individuals to wear a mask while on campus. All participants and guests should bring a mask in case the need for one arises. Disposable masks will be available for anyone who needs one.
  • Seating for graduates will be provided on the football field and will follow 6-foot distancing guidelines.
  • Graduates will line up in the Field House in The W at 10 a.m. and process onto the field via the south end zone. Rehearsal will take place at 7:30 a.m. and Senior Breakfast at 8 a.m. in the Mensa.
  • After the ceremony, graduates and guests are welcome to gather on central campus for photos.

COMMENCEMENT DETAILS FOR GUESTS:

  • The ceremony will take place outside on Zimmerman Field in Walston-Hoover Stadium. Ceremony time is 10:30 a.m.; in the event of severe weather, the ceremony will be postponed to 1:30 p.m. (we will hold the ceremony at 10:30 a.m. even in light rain).
  • Graduating seniors may have four guests in the stadium; only individuals with tickets will be allowed to enter.
  • Face masks are no longer required, but we strongly encourage all unvaccinated individuals to wear a mask while on campus. All participants and guests should bring a mask in case the need for one arises. Disposable masks will be available for anyone who needs one.
  • Gates to the stadium will open one hour prior to the ceremony. The main entrance is at the west gate; the southeast gate by the Victory Bell also will be open for accessibility to the east stands.
  • Guests should remain seated with their family group and practice physical distancing from those outside the group.
  • Folding chairs will be available for guests to place on the field or track, or guests may bring lawn chairs.
  • Accessible seating for those with wheelchairs or other mobility challenges will be available in the stands and on paved locations around the stadium.
  • Accessible parking is available near the stadium.
  • Guests are encouraged to bring water. Beverages also will be available for purchase. Water will be provided for graduates.
  • After the ceremony, graduates and guests are welcome to gather on central campus for photos.

Senior Exhibit
Saturday, May 29, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, May 30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Waldemar A. Schmidt Art Gallery, Bachman Fine Arts Center

May Term Band Concert
Saturday, May 29, 2021, 6:30 p.m.
South Campus Mall (Rain site: Neumann Auditorium)

Class of 2020 Reception (by invitatation only)
Saturday, May 29, 3-5 p.m.

Greenwood

Commencement
Sunday, May 30, 2021, 10:30 a.m.
Zimmerman Field, Walston-Hoover Stadium