Commencement Information


Welcome to Commencement Events for the Undergraduate and Graduate Class of 2016

This site will be kept up-to-date with information. The University looks forward with immense pleasure to hosting graduates’ families and friends for commencement activities.  Congratulations, graduates!


9:00 a.m.
Honors Convocation
John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center
College classes are canceled at this time so that all may attend.

THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2016

11:30 a.m.
Eagle Company – US Army ROTC Commissioning/Reception
Steffens Hall, Charles and Romona Myers Center

FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2016

11:00 a.m.
Nurses’ Pinning Ceremony/Reception (by invitation only)
University of Dubuque – Charles and Romona Myers Center – Steffens Hall

5:00 p.m.
College Baccalaureate Service
John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center
Baccalaureate, a UD tradition, is a worship service that allows us to say farewell to our graduating seniors, to celebrate their  accomplishments, to give thanks for those who have supported them in reaching this milestone, and to commission graduates for service to church and world. 

6:30 p.m.
Undergraduate Senior Dinner
Students and their families are cordially invited to attend the University of Dubuque’s Senior Dinner.  Graduate dinners are compliments of the Alumni Association, however advanced reservation is required. Faculty and Staff are also invited to attend and celebrate the class of 2015.  Kindly make reservations at  Should you have any questions, please contact Angie Heidenreich at 563.589.3158.  We hope you can join us for this special evening!

SATURDAY, MAY 14, 2016

11:30 a.m.
Commencement doors open at the Chlapaty Recreation & Wellness Center located at Bennett and McCormick Streets.
Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis – non-ticketed.

12:00 p.m.
All undergraduate and graduate students assemble in John & Alice Butler Hall in the Heritage Center with full Commencement apparel on. Because of seminary commencement events, we ask that you enter Heritage through the north entrance (facing the library), take the stairs on your left down to the Palmer-Noone Lounge, proceed down the hall and check in at the tables to receive honor cords and procedural instructions.  Signs will assist you along the way. 

12:15 p.m.
Faculty, administrators, and platform party assemble in Room 200 of the Heritage Cener. 
Academic regalia required – includes cap, gown, and hood. 

12:50 p.m.
Procession is led by the bagpiper from the Heritage Center, crossing to McCormick Street, and to the North entrance of the Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center.

Inclement  Weather 
If we experience inclement weather on Commencement day, we will not follow the above processional route.   An inclement weather decision will be made on Friday, May 16, at 12:00 noon and communicated to all concerned via U.D. websites and e-mail correspondence to students, faculty and staff.

1:00 p.m.
Commencement Ceremony begins in the Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center.
Watch the Commencement Ceremony LIVE  --- On-demand viewing of the ceremony

2:45 p.m.
Reception honoring all college graduates and their guests will be held immediately following the ceremony in the Heritage Center. Please click here for the meeting areas. 

Immediately Following Ceremony Rented academic apparel must be returned to the designated area of the A.Y. McDonald Lobby in the Heritage Center approximately one hour after the ceremony.  Returns will not be accepted after this time unless special arrangements are made in advance with the Babka Bookstore staff.

Video  A live video of Commencement, including the Nursing and ROTC ceremonies, will be available online (see link information above for each event). The videos can be viewed on most Windows and Apple computers as well as iPhones, iPads, and Android phones and tablets. Any questions should be directed to Mike Willis, Director of Media Services, at 563.589.3350.  Video for all events will be available for on-demand viewing after each event at: 

Thursday, December 17, 2015

4:00 p.m.

Commencement Ceremony for August and December Graduates


Click here to log into Moodle to open the Graduating Senior page listed under your course listings. Please review and complete the information contained in the tabs on this page.

Beginning April 18 through May 13, students may stop into the lower level of the Babka Bookstore to pick up their cap, gown and tassel for Commencement Ceremonies. It is not necessary to do a pre-order.  We do a large bulk order and will have all sizes and heights of gowns when you stop into get your apparel. 

Friday, April 29 through Friday, May 13, students may stop into the lower level of the Babka Bookstore to pick up their cap, gown and tassel rental for Commencement Ceremonies. Your hood will be bestowed upon you as part of the Commencement Ceremony.  Please return hood with other rented items after the ceremony.

Beginning Monday, March 7, the Babka Bookstore will be selling “generic” invitations for $1.50 each or in packs of 10 for $15.00.

If you wish to personalize your invitations visit the Herff Jones website

1) Select Bachelor students or Master/Doctor Degrees
2) Then select Continue
3) Select Announcements
4) Choose a package that looks like the best option for you.
5) Or visit the Bookstore website and click on the Graduation Information slide on the main page of the website.  Follow the instructions.

If you are interested in purchasing a class ring, go to the Jostens website, and follow the steps below.

1) Type in University of Dubuque, then select GO.
2) Click on Class Rings to the left and check out the styles.  Order if you wish.
3) Shop the website until you find your selection and go from there.
4) Or call 1.800.854.7464 |  Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm CST

Monday and Thursday:  9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday:  8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 


  • Each graduate will receive a diploma cover from the President at Commencement.   May 2015 graduates who have met all degree requirements will receive their diploma by mail in June.
  • Any student who has not met their academic requirements for graduation will have their diploma held in the Registrar’s Office until such time as all degree requirements are met.
  • If a student has an outstanding college account balance, their diploma will be held in the Registrar’s Office until their account is cleared by the Student Accounts Office.

General parking is available on the University of Dubuque campus in the following locations and on adjacent streets.

  • Chlapaty Center parking lot at Bennett and McCormick Streets
  • Finley lot at Finley & West Streets
  • University Park Drive lot at Bennett Street and University Park Drive
  • Pearl Street lot adjacent to the corner of Pearl and McCormick Streets
  • Dunlap Technology Center lot on McCormick Street
  • Lot across from Hardees at the corner of McCormick Street and University Avenue
  • Severance lot at Grace and Algona Streets
  • Aitchison lots at Grace and Auburn Streets

Students and guests are reminded not to park in roped off or posted no parking areas.  For people having to park distances away, Trolleys of Dubuque will be circulating the adjacent streets providing shuttle service to the Chlapaty Center.  In the likely event that our regular University parking lots fill quickly during Commencement, we have arranged with area institutions to assist with overflow parking.  Information about overflow parking will be available at the Senior Dinner and University representatives will be posted at each major parking lot with alternative parking information.  Please click here for the parking map and additional information.

Please look for the “SPECIAL NEEDS PARKING” signs outside the West Entrances (lower level) of the Chlapaty Center. While the amount of Handicapped Parking spots will be increased for this event, parking is on a first-come first-served basis. A reserved seating section will also be available to accommodate Commencement guests who have special needs.  Reservations are required for the Special Needs Seating section.   Click this link to complete the Special Needs Seating Reservation: Special Needs SeatingA sign language interpreter has also been contracted to provide “signing” services at the ceremony.

LifeTouch Photography will take a picture of each student receiving his/her diploma cover and a second pose with the diploma and flag background after exiting the stage as well as pictures before and after the ceremony.  To view Commencement images, go to

For those traveling to Dubuque and planning to stay overnight, we recommend that you call early to reserve a hotel room.  For information on local hotels and attractions, please feel free to visit the Dubuque Chamber of Commerce website at