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149th Commencement
of Drake University
December 12, 2020

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.

Within this website, we present to you the virtual celebration for the Drake University Class of 2020 graduates and together, we celebrate the many accomplishments of this year’s class. Please watch the video below of the conferment of the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees.

Drake University Fall 2020 Commencement Program

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The Blue Tassel

Traditionally, graduates’ caps are adorned with a tassel, in which the color of the tassel denotes the discipline. In 2020, at a time when the world faces unprecedented challenges, all graduates received a commemorative blue tassel with their diploma.


The blue tassel is a symbol of unity and hope. It acknowledges the sacrifices and hurdles the Class of 2020 has overcome to ensure the well-being of our community, while also celebrating the pivotal role they will play in rethinking and reshaping the future.


The blue tassel captures the resilient spirit of the Class of 2020 and its mantra: “We are all in this together.” The tassel will forever be an extraordinary reminder of the Class of 2020’s collective strength and desire to better the world and will be mailed to all members of the graduating class.


We know that no distance can break the bonds formed at Drake, and the pride we feel for our graduates this semester is immeasurable. Families, friends, and classmates of the Drake Class of 2020 have submitted congratulation messages for graduates below, using #Drake2020 so we can all share in the Bulldog spirit.

An important message from Griff II

Dear Graduating Bulldogs,

Congratulations, 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.

I might be new to this mascot thing, but I have quickly realized what an incredible place Drake is and how remarkable we Bulldogs are. There’s nowhere else I’d rather be and no other community I’d rather represent than Drake University.

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.

Always know how much I love you, how firmly I believe in you, and that I am cheering you on in your every endeavor. I could not be prouder to be your Dog, Bulldogs. Congratulations, Class of 2020!

Your dog,

— Griff II (George)

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