Frequently asked questions about Commencement and Baccalaureate:

Q: Where can I park? And if I want a ride from the parking lot to the ceremony site, what should I do?
A: The parking map online indicates designated parking lots around campus that guests can use.  If you would like one of the college golf carts to pick you up from one of the campus parking lots, please call Campus Safety at 319-895-4299 when you are ready to be picked up.

Q: Should seniors attend Baccalaureate?
A: Attendance is not required but is encouraged.  The program is personalized by the senior class.

Q: Do students need tickets or is there a limit on the number of guests that can attend Commencement and Baccalaureate?
A: There are no tickets for either event and no limit to the number of guests.  For Baccalaureate, King Chapel begins to fill early, arrival by 2:45 p.m. is recommended.  For Commencement, guests should arrive and be seated by 9:45 a.m., the ceremony begins promptly at 10:00 a.m.

Q: How long does Baccalaureate and Commencement last?
A: Baccalaureate is typically 70 minutes.  The Commencement program is typically two hours.

Q: How do seniors order Commencement announcements?
A: Commencement announcements are coordinated through our campus bookstore. Orders may be submitted online at

Q: How do seniors order caps and gowns?
A: Seniors will order their cap and gown online at This must be completed my March 25, 2014. They will pay for and pick up orders at the bookstore beginning May 5, 2014. The cap and gown total cost is $39.00 plus tax.

Q: Are tickets necessary for meals?
A: Each senior will be provided 3 guest meal passes for Sunday lunch at no cost following Commencement, intended for the graduate and two guests. These passes will be distributed at the diploma table west of College Hall. Tickets for additional guests may be purchased in advance at the Thomas Commons Information desk. Guest ticket prices are as follows: all meals ages 5 and under are free, all meals through breakfast on Sunday for ages 6-12 are $3.50, adult price for breakfast $6.00, lunch $7.00 and dinner $8.00 on Saturday, lunch following Commencement Sunday is $10.00 adults and $4.00 for ages 6-12.

Q. If we did not RSVP in advance for events that involve food, can we still attend?
A: Yes. Tickets will be available to purchase at the Thomas Commons information desk the day of the event.

Q. Do I need a reservation to attend the events that involve food?
A: No.  The RSVP process/form is designed to just help our dining services staff be prepared for a certain amount of guests, it does not mean you need a reservation, nor does it indicate there will be a specific table reserved for your party.

Q: When are seniors required to be out of the residence halls?
A:  Seniors must be out by 6 p.m. on commencement day, Sunday, May 11, 2014.  Non-seniors must be out of residence halls by 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 8, 2014. 

If you have any questions about Commencement activities, feel free to contact the Student Affairs Office, (319) 895-4234.