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Commencement Information

UNIVERSITY OF DUBUQUE  2014 COMMENCEMENT

AND OTHER YEAR-END ACTIVITIES

 

Welcome to Commencement Events for the Undergraduate and Graduate Class of 2014!

 

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!

 

THURSDAY, MAY 1, 2014

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 15, 2014

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

 

FRIDAY, MAY 16, 2014

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
Grand River Center, Port of Dubuque, 500 Bell St.
Reservations are required, and additional information will be forthcoming from the Office of  Student Life.  Each graduate is invited to attend at no charge; faculty diners are guests of the Senior Class.

 

SATURDAY, MAY 17, 2014:

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 McCormick Gym with full Commencement apparel on.

12:15 p.m.
Faculty, administrators, and platform party assemble in McCormick Gym. 
Academic regalia required – includes cap, gown, and hood. 

12:50 p.m.
Procession is led by the bagpiper through the Stoltz-Myers Plaza, down Grace Street, 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 theabove 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.

2:45 p.m.
Reception honoring all college graduates and their guests will be held immediately following the ceremony in the tented area outside the Chlapaty Center.

Immediately Following Ceremony Rented academic apparel must be returned to the designated “Greeter/Service Desk” station on the upper level of the Chlapaty 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. Links to the videos will be posted at http://www.dbq.edu. 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.

 

ADDITIONAL COMMENCEMENT INFORMATION

 

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT COMMENCEMENT APPAREL AND PICK UP

Beginning April 21 through May 16, 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. 

 

GRADUATE  STUDENT COMMENCEMENT APPAREL AND PICK UP

Monday, May 5 through Friday, May 16, students may stop into the lower level of the Babka Bookstore to pick up their cap, gown and tassel rental for Commencement Ceremonies. 

 

Beginning Monday, March 3, 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 website: http://colleges.herffjones.com/college/dubuque/

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.

Or visit our website: http://bookstore.dbq.edu/Home.aspx 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 Jostens website, http://jostens.com/college, 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.

Or call 1.800.854.7464   Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm CST

 

BABKA BOOK STORE HOURS

Monday and Thursday:  9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday:  8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

 

DIPLOMAS

  • Each graduate will receive a diploma cover from the President at Commencement.   May 2014 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.

 

PARKING

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.

 

SPECIAL NEEDS PARKING/SEATING

Please look for the “SPECIAL NEEDS RESERVED PARKING” signs outside the West Entrances (lower level) of the Chlapaty Center.  A reserved seating section will also be available to accommodate Commencement guests who have special needs.  For assistance with special needs, please alert an usher.   A sign language interpreter has also been contracted to provide “signing” services at the ceremony.

 

PICTURES

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 www.events.lifetouch.com.

 

DUBUQUE HOTELS/SITES

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 http://www.dubuquechamber.com