May 2021 Commencement

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.

Sunday, May 30, 2021, 10:30 a.m.

Zimmerman Field, Walston-Hoover Stadium – View details here.

Questions about Commencement? Contact Janeen Stewart at

  • In keeping with our campus guidelines for COVID-19 mitigation, we will move the ceremony outside onto 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).
  • A virtual Blessing of Seniors service will be available on Knight Vision starting on Saturday, May 29, at
  • Graduating seniors may have four guests in the stadium; only individuals with tickets will be allowed to enter. You will receive information on how to obtain tickets at a later date.
  • Social distancing as well as face masks are required, even by those fully vaccinated.
  • Other family and friends are welcome to celebrate with you on central campus upon conclusion of the ceremony. Masks also are required for these guests.
  • 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.
  • Seating for graduates will be provided on the football field and will follow 6-foot distancing guidelines.
  • Early planning shows that about half of the football field and most of the track will be available for guest seating, in addition to limited seating in the stands. Guests should remain seated with their family group and practice physical distancing at all times.
  • Folding chairs will be available for guests to place on the field or track, or your guests may choose to 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.
  • 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.
  • The event will be livestreamed and archived on Knight Vision and the Commencement website.
  • After the ceremony, graduates and guests are welcome to gather on central campus for photos.

We will provide more detailed information in the days and weeks to come. We will continue to monitor COVID-19 guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Iowa Department of Public Health.

Questions about Commencement? Contact Janeen Stewart at

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.

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

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