May Commencement


Welcome to Commencement Events for the Undergraduate and Graduate Class of 2017

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 11, 2017

11:30 a.m.
Eagle Company – US Army ROTC Commissioning/Reception
Blades Chapel, Blades Hall
Live Video of 2016 Event

FRIDAY, MAY 12, 2017

11:00 a.m.
Nurses’ Pinning Ceremony/Reception (by invitation only)
University of Dubuque – Charles and Romona Myers Center – Steffens Hall  
Live Video of 2016 Event

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. 
Live Video of 2016 Event

6:00 p.m.
Commencement Dinner
Students and their families are cordially invited to attend the University of Dubuque’s Commencement Dinner. Graduate dinners are complimentary, however advanced reservation is required. Faculty and Staff are also invited to attend and celebrate the class of 2017.  A formal invitation with additional information and menu options has been mailed to graduates and their families. 

SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2017

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.  If you require special needs accommodations, please see the section on "Special Needs Parking/Seating" below.  No pets will be allowed in the facility other than certified service animals.

A live feed of Twitter and Instagram posts with #2017UDgrad will be displayed on the projection screens in Chlapaty Recreation & Wellness Center prior to commencement. Join in the fun! 

12:00 p.m.
All undergraduate and graduate students assemble in the Veterans Memorial Indoor Practice Facility with full Commencement apparel on.  Upon arrival please 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 the Veterans Memorial Indoor Practice Facility.
Academic regalia required – includes cap, gown, and hood. 

12:50 p.m.
Procession is led by the bagpiper from the Veterans Memorial Indoor Practice Facility to the south 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 12, 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. The event will also be streamed live. Please check closer to event date for the link to the 2017 ceremony.
 On-demand viewing of the 2016 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 see below for meeting areas by academic Department. 

Video:  Live video of all commencement activities, including nursing, ROTC, and baccalaureate services, will be available online. Saturday’s college commencement ceremony can be viewed at starting at 1:00 p.m. (Central). All other commencement events, including the seminary commencement, will be available at Questions should be directed to Mike Willis, Director of Media Services, at 563.589.3350 ( 


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.

Monday, April 24 through Friday, May 12: 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 will do a large bulk order and will have all sizes and heights of gowns when you stop into get your apparel. 

Monday, April 24 through Friday, May 12: Students may stop into the lower level of the Babka Bookstore to pick up their cap, gown and tassel for Commencement Ceremonies. Your hood will be bestowed upon you as part of the Commencement Ceremony. None of these items are rentals – you may keep all of them.  The payment of this apparel is included in your graduation fee. 

Please pre-order these items through the Jostens website at  Click on the regalia tab and follow the instructions to place your order.  Please have your accurate degree information when placing the cap and gown order.  You will pick these items up at the Babka bookstore. You must place your regalia order by March 15th.

Beginning Monday, March 27, 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 Jostens website at

1) Select Announcements
2) Choose a package that looks like the best option for you.
3) 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 Josten’s website at, and follow the steps below.

1) 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 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. CST

Monday and Thursday:  9:00 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday:  8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. 


  • Each graduate will receive a diploma cover from the President at Commencement. May 2017 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 Hardee's 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. 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