Fall Commencement

In recent years, increasing numbers of Drake University students have completed degree requirements in December. To provide these students and their families and friends a timely opportunity to mark and celebrate this accomplishment, Drake University offers a December commencement ceremony.

When: Saturday, December 13, 2014, at 10:00 a.m.

Where: Drake Knapp Center (Forest Ave, between 25th and 27th Streets)

A draft of the December Commencement program is available here: December 2014 Commencement Program.

This is your LAST opportunity to make changes/updates to the commencement program. Email brina.wiuff@drake.edu with updates by 12pm on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014.

Review the following:

  1. Printed Name: Ensure that your first, middle and last names are listed accurately.
  2. Hometown: Undergraduates only. Note that when the hometown is Iowa, "Iowa" is not included.
  3. Previous Degree, Institution, and Year: Graduates only.
  4. Honors: Undergraduate and Law students only.
  5. Dissertation Titles and Dissertation Advisor Name: Ed. D. students only.
  6. Law Certificates: Law students only.

This 137th commencement ceremony will include students earning any degree from Drake University. More information about commencement, including who is eligible to participate, may be found in the commencement areas of the undergraduate catalog and the graduate catalog.

We are pleased that you plan to participate in the 137th December Commencement Ceremony.  Below are the details and instructions you will need to help you prepare for this important occasion.

December Commencement Ceremony (10 a.m., Saturday, December 13th, 2014) notes:

  • Doors open at 8:30 a.m.
  • All participants need to be dressed in their cap and gown and in their seat in the Bell Center gym by 9:15 a.m.
  • Name cards will be on the chairs, which are arranged alphabetically by college.  Once you find your name card, follow the instructions on the card.
  • The name reader will be available from 9 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. if you would like to speak with him about the pronunciation of your name. 
  • The Assistant Marshal of the University will provide last-minute instructions and announcements at 9:30 a.m.
  • The processional from the Bell Center gym leaves for the Knapp Center at approximately 9:45 a.m.  Students who arrive late will be directed to the end of the line for their college/school.
  • After the ceremony, the Marshals will direct the recessional to the lobby of the Knapp Center, not back to the Bell Center gym.‌

Guests may want to know where graduates will sit before the guests choose their seats. To receive their diplomas, students will cross the stage from south to north (from right to left if you're facing the stage). The seating arrangement will be available here when it is ready.‌

If you have guests that are unable to attend - Drake University will stream the Commencement ceremonies live at the following website: http://www.drake.edu/stream/

Whom to contact with questions:

  • Cap and gown, regalia, academic costume: Drake University Book Store - (800) 430-9875
  • Commencement program and ceremony: Office of Student Records and Academic Information - 515-271-3093 or brina.wiuff@drake.edu
  • Progress toward students' degree completion: please contact your college/school dean's office
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