Fall Commencement Ceremony

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 14, 2013, 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 2013 Commencement Program

This 135th 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 135th 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 14th, 2013) 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.
  • Here is the PowerPoint that will be showing on the wall in the Bell Center with further detailed instructions: December 2013 Bell Center Instructions

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). See the seating arrangement here:

December 2013 Seating Arrangement

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

For Faculty:

The ceremony will begin at 10:00 am in the Knapp Center. Faculty should be at the Bell Center/Multi-purpose Room no later than 9:30 am to robe and prepare for commencement. It is expected that commencement will be completed by 11:30 am. Rachel Paine and Eunice Merideth are serving as Faculty Marshals.

Please recall that the parking lot adjacent to the Knapp Center - on the east side - is not available for anyone in December 2013.

If you have questions, you are welcome to contact Nancy Geiger (nancy.geiger@drake.edu or 271-3095.

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