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150th Commencement
of Drake University
May 14—15, 2021

Today, we celebrate you. We celebrate you, the graduates, and your many accomplishments during your time at Drake University. We celebrate you, the family members who supported these graduates. We celebrate you, the faculty, staff, and mentors who guided them. And we celebrate you, the friends and community members who encouraged them.

Spring 2021 Ceremonies Information

Spring commencement ceremonies are scheduled to be held on Friday, May 14 and Saturday, May 15. Due to inclement weather forecasted, all commencement ceremonies will be held indoors in the Knapp Center. Masks are required for all candidates and guests. Social distancing must be observed.

To provide a safe environment and adhere to COVID-19 guidelines, commencement has been divided into six ceremonies. Students have been assigned a ceremony time alphabetically by last name and based on their graduating college or school. Students should have received an email with their designated ceremony time on Tuesday, May 11.

Ceremony Live Streams

All six ceremonies will be live streamed at the ceremony date/time listed above from

Guest Information

All graduates and guests will be required to wear face coverings in line with campus policies and practice social distancing, and guest attendance will be limited. Face coverings must be worn at all times.

Frequently Asked Questions

An important message from Griff II

Dear Drake Class of 2021,

Congratulations, my friends! What an exciting time this is. I am thrilled to be celebrating your many accomplishments along with you today and I look forward to the big things you will do as proud Drake alumni.

It did not take me long as your Dog to realize what an incredible place Drake is and how remarkable we Bulldogs are. There’s nowhere else I’d rather be and no one I’d rather represent.

My wish for you is that you find your passion, take ahold of it, and make a positive difference in the world around you. Be bold, Bulldogs. You are what the world needs now.

Never forget how much I love you, how firmly I believe in you, and that I am cheering you on in your every endeavor, today and always. I could not be prouder to be your Dog, Class of 2021!

Beaming With Bulldog Pride,

— Griff II (George)

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