Commencement is a time for the University of Dubuque family to come together to recognize and celebrate the academic accomplishments of our Spartans.

Spring 2024 Commencement Events


Cedar Rapids Grad Fest
4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. - Lobby, LIFE - Cedar Rapids Site



Dubuque Grad Fest
10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. - Peter and Susan Smith Welcome Center and Steffens Hall, Charles and Romona Myers Center


FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2024

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Pinning Ceremony
11:00 a.m. - John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center
Livestream: UD YouTube

University of Dubuque Theological Seminary Baccalaureate Service
1:30 p.m. - Blades Chapel
Reception to follow in Alumni Courtyard

ROTC Commissioning Ceremony
2:00 p.m. - John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center
Livestream: UD YouTube



University of Dubuque Theological Seminary Commencement
9:30 a.m. - John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center
Reception to follow in A.Y. McDonald Lobby, Heritage Center
Livestream: UDTS Facebook and UDTS YouTube
PROGRAM: 2024 Seminary Commencement

University of Dubuque Spring Commencement
1:00 p.m. - Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center
Livestream: UD Facebook and UD YouTube
PROGRAM: 2024 Spring Commencement

UPDATE: Due to the weather forecast, graduates will assemble in the lower level of the Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center (CRWC) with doors opening at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 27. Graduates must enter through the large garage door on the lower level on the south side of the building. Doors to CRWC will open for guests at 11:30 a.m. as planned.

11:30 a.m. - Doors Open for Graduates to Check-In at Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center

  • Only graduates are permitted in the area where graduates assemble.
  • Graduates should arrive in full Commencement apparel with cap, gown, and tassel. Graduate students should also bring their academic hood.
  • There is not a secure area to store personal items before, during, or after the check-in process. It is not recommended to leave personal items behind.

11:30 a.m. - Doors Open to Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center

  • Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. It is not ticketed.
  • Guests are not allowed in the student seating area at any time.
  • Only graduates are permitted to cross/be on stage to accept diploma covers.

1:00 p.m. - Commencement Begins in Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center


SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2024

LIFE - Tempe Commencement
10:00 a.m. - Church of the Master Presbyterian, 6659 East University Dr., Mesa, Arizona



LIFE - Meridian Commencement
10:00 a.m. - Calvary Chapel Meridian, 3600 West Nelis Drive, Meridian, Idaho


Additional Commencement Information

Undergraduate and Graduate Student Commencement Apparel and Pick Up
Please check UD email for information on how to order commencement apparel. All orders submitted by Friday, March 1, 2024, will be ready for pick up at Grad Fest on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, (see information below) or between 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, 2024, through 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 2024, in the lower level of the Babka Bookstore, Peters Commons. Please check bookstore hours below. LIFE - Cedar Rapids graduates will pick up at the Cedar Rapids site, and LIFE - Tempe graduates will pick up at the Tempe site. A "direct ship to home" option is available for an extra fee and must be ordered by Friday, March 1, 2024. The cap, gown, and tassel are yours to keep. The graduation apparel price is included in the graduation fee you pay when your graduation application is completed.

Grad Fest
Spring 2024 graduates are invited to attend Dubuque Grad Fest from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, 2024, in the lobby of the Peter and Susan Smith Welcome Center AND Steffens Hall inside the Charles and Romona Myers Center for free food, to win prizes and gifts, and to pick up regalia. The UD community may join the celebration for walking tacos from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or snacks from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. All attendees must check in at the Office of Alumni Engagement Table in the lobby of the Peter and Susan Smith Welcome Center to receive a meal pass.

LIFE - Cedar Rapids graduates are invited to Cedar Rapids Grad Fest from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday, April 8, 2024, in the lobby of the LIFE - Cedar Rapids site. Graduates can stop by to pick up their graduation swag bag, enjoy sweet treats, and get their picture taken at the photo station. Graduates can also pick up their regalia.

Grad Fest is hosted by the Office of Advancement and Alumni Engagement.

Babka Bookstore Hours
Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Commencement, Saturday, April 27: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Graduation Jewelry
For graduation jewelry, please click here.

At Spring Commencement, graduates will receive a diploma cover from President Jeffrey F. Bullock, PhD. Those who do not participate in commencement but would like a diploma cover should contact the Office of the Registrar at after commencement.

Students who have not met their academic requirements for graduation will receive an email from the Office of the Registrar. Those with an outstanding college account balance will have their diploma held until their account is cleared by the Office of Student Accounts.

The University of Dubuque has partnered with Parchment to print diplomas as well as offer graduates an official digital version of their diploma with Parchment's simple, easy-to-use web application. Parchment will contact graduates via email and/or text with further information.

Graduates who have met all degree requirements will receive their digital diplomas via their UD email address within four to six weeks after commencement. Paper diplomas will be mailed 10 to 15 days after the digital diplomas. Paper diplomas will be mailed to the address graduates provided on their graduation application.

How to Get Your Digital Diploma

Graduates, follow these simple steps to get your digital diploma:

  • Check your UD email and text messages for the award notification.
  • Follow the link to set up your Parchment digital credentials account.
  • Share your digital diploma on Facebook and LinkedIn or download as a secure .pdf version.

Your digital diploma will always be accessible through your Parchment account. You can login and download or share it again and again - at no cost to you.

Parking is available on campus in the following locations and on adjacent streets:

  • Finley Lot at Finley and 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
  • Lot across from Hardee's at the corner of McCormick Street and University Avenue

Graduates and guests are reminded not to park in roped off or posted No Parking Areas.

To view a campus map, please click here.

Accessibility Information
Graduates and guests requiring accommodations such as special seating or an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter should contact the Office of the Registrar at The deadline to request an ASL interpreter is Friday, April 5, 2024.

Handicap parking is limited, so please plan accordingly. Parking spots cannot be reserved.

Empire Photography will photograph each graduate as they receive their diploma cover and after they walk across the stage during Spring Commencement. To view and purchase photos, visit

An additional professional photographer will take photos before, during, and after Winter Commencement. To view photos, visit

Dubuque Accommodations and Attractions
For those traveling to Dubuque and staying overnight, we recommend you make your reservations early. Please visit Travel Dubuque's website here to learn about local accommodations and attractions.

* Details subject to change.


Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions:

  • UD Commencement: Office of the Registrar at or 563.589.3748
  • UDTS Commencement or UDTS Baccalaureate: Jill Dodds, Administrative Assistant to the Dean of the Seminary, at or 563.589.3122
  • Commencement Apparel: Jennifer Wickman, Merchandise Manager, at or 563.589.3131
  • Grad Fest: Katie Kraus, Director for Alumni Engagement, at or 563.589.3161
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing Pinning Ceremony: Jackie Meyer, PhD, Head of the Department of Nursing and professor of nursing, at or 563.589.3403
  • ROTC Commissioning Ceremony: Andrew Mans, Assistant Professor of Military Science, at or 563.589.3850


~~~ 2023 Winter Commencement Program ~~~