Commencement Information


May 2021 Commencement

May 2021 Graduates
The University of Dubuque is committed to celebrating the academic accomplishments of its undergraduate and graduate students. To accommodate proper health and safety protocols, three in-person commencement ceremonies will be held Saturday, May 1, 2021, in the Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center. Graduates will be assigned a specific ceremony time and be given wristbands for up to six guests. The ceremonies will be streamed live on Facebook, YouTube, and UD Media. More details will be shared in the coming weeks by the Office of the Registrar via email at Registrar@dbq.edu.

Details are also being finalized for the ROTC Commissioning Ceremony, Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing Pinning Ceremony, and College Baccalaureate Service.

May 2020 and December 2020 Graduates
May 2020 and December 2020 graduates who did not participate in the December 2020 ceremonies are invited to participate in May 2021 Commencement. The Office of Alumni Engagement will be reaching out to those graduates with more information.

University of Dubuque Theological Seminary May 2021 Graduates
After surveying students and faculty, the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary decided to hold commencement activities virtually. However, seminary graduates are encouraged to visit UDTS in August 2021 to celebrate, in-person, with their classmates and faculty. More details will be shared in the coming weeks.

* Information is subject to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additional Commencement Information

Undergraduate Student Commencement Apparel and Pick Up
Please check UD email for information on how to order commencement apparel. All orders submitted by Tuesday, March 16, will be ready for pick up at Grad Fest on Monday, April 19, (see information below) or 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 20, through 4:45 p.m. Friday, April 30, in the lower level of Babka Bookstore, Peters Commons.  LIFE – Cedar Rapids students will pick up at the Cedar Rapids site, and LIFE – Tempe students will pick up at the Tempe site. The cap, gown, and tassel are all yours to keep.  All tassels will be royal blue and white with a 2021 signet. The graduation apparel price is included in the graduation fee you pay when your graduation application is completed. 

Graduate Student Commencement Apparel and Pick Up
Please check UD email for information on how to order commencement apparel. All orders submitted by Tuesday, March 16, will be ready for pick up at Grad Fest on Monday, April 19, (see information below) or from 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 20, through 4:45 p.m. Friday, April 30, in the lower level of Babka Bookstore, Peters Commons.  LIFE – Cedar Rapids gradautes will pick up at the Cedar Rapids site, and LIFE – Tempe graduates will pick up at the Tempe site. The cap, gown, tassel, and hood are all yours to keep. The graduation apparel price is included in the graduation fee you pay when your graduation application is completed.

Grad Fest
Graduates are invited to a special Grad Fest from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, April 19, on Grace Street in front of the Peter and Susan Smith Welcome Center. Stop by for free food, prizes, and fun. The event is hosted by the Office of Alumni Engagement. Graduates can also pick up their regalia during the event instead of stopping by the Babka Bookstore.

Graduation Jewelry
For graduation jewelry, please click here.