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2019 Commencement Schedule of Events

Due to weather conditions, Commencement will be held indoors in the Small Multi-Sport Center on May 12.

Friday, May 10 - Sunday, May 12

General hours

Bookstore hours for Commencement weekend

Friday: 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday: Noon-5:30 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Hilltop Café hours for Commencement weekend

Saturday: Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Dinner: 5-6 p.m.
Sunday: Brunch: noon-1:30 p.m. 

Friday, May 10

Senior Class Reception

5:30-7:30 p.m.
Hall-Perrine Room, Thomas Commons
*Seniors, faculty, and staff only

Saturday, May 11

Phi Beta Kappa Inauguration Ceremony

1:30-2:30 p.m.
Cole Library


3-4 p.m.
King Chapel

Guests should plan to arrive by 2:45 to ensure seating in King Chapel is available.  

Baccalaureate Reception

4-5:30 p.m.
Marie Fletcher Carter Pedestrian Mall. Serving light hors d’oeuvres only with cash bar. 

Sunday, May 12

Commencement ceremony

10 a.m.-noon

No tickets are required and adequate seating is available for all who wish to attend. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and guests should be seated by 9:45 a.m. The ceremony begins promptly at 10 a.m. 


Noon - 1:30 p.m.

Each graduate receives three complimentary tickets (one for the graduate and two for guests) for brunch in the Hilltop Café following the Commencement ceremony. Additional tickets may be pre-purchased May 9-12 at the Hilltop Café or by calling dining services at 319.895.4499. Advance ticket prices are $13 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Tickets at the door are $15 for adults and $6 for children under 12. There is no charge for children under 3. 

Residence halls close (Spring Closing Information)

6 p.m.