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Graduation 2015

The next commencement is May 10, 2015.  The ceremony, for all campus locations, is at the beautiful Cassel Open Air Theatre at the Doane Campus in Crete, Nebraska. 

To watch the ceremony online via livestream, click here!

The School of Graduate & Professional Studies (Lincoln and Grand Island Undergraduate, Master of Arts in Counseling , and Master of Arts in Management) and the Graduate Education (Master of Education) ceremony is at 10:00 a.m. 

The School of Arts & Sciences (Crete Undergraduate) ceremony is at 2:30 p.m. 

You may bring as many guests as you wish. There's lots of space. Please advise your guests to arrive 45 minutes prior to the ceremony or earlier. Early arrival assures a better chance for a good parking place and the best seat for the ceremony.  Cassel Open Air Theatre is handicap accessible, and special seating will be offered for those in wheelchairs.

With over 900 parking spots on campus, parking is plentiful.  To ease traffic flow, attendants will direct all guests to enter one way off of 7th Street by Frees Hall.  At the conclusion of the ceremony, guests will again be directed one way to exit campus.  Handicapped parking is available in the Communication Building parking lot (Campus Parking Map).  We also have a frequently asked question guide for your convenience (Click Here). 

The ceremony will be held outdoors even if it is cold or lightly raining.  Please dress accordingly.  If the ceremony needs to be moved indoors due to extremely poor weather, such as a heavy rain, it would be in the George and Sally Haddix Recreation and Athletic Center.   Each graduate is given four tickets to share with family if the ceremony has to be moved inside.

Common Grounds Coffeehouse is located in the basement of Perry Campus Center.  They will be open to serve coffee, fruit smoothies, and water as well as pastry items.  The Bookstore will also be open from 8:30 to 2:30 to purchase Doane College memorabilia.

Baccalaureate celebrates the achievements of the graduates in a spiritual setting. The Baccalaureate service continues to be a tradition at Doane College because of its historical relationship with the United Church of Christ.  You are invited to participate in the services, but are certainly not required to attend.

Baccalaureate Services are scheduled the Saturday before graduation.  The Baccalaureate service starts at 10:30 a.m. in Heckman Auditorium in the Communications Building.  Students are asked to line up at 10:00 a.m. on the patio south of Perry Campus Center for the Baccalaureate procession. In case of rain, meet inside Tiger Inn.  You will wear your cap and gown.

At 7:00 p.m. come to Heckman Auditorium in the Communication Building to hear the Doane College Choir and Band in their last performance of the year.

If you expect a diploma in the folder Dr. Carter hands you on graduation day, your account balance must be paid-in-full (including promissory notes) the Thursday prior to graduation.  If your account is not paid (including all credit-by-exam and portfolio credit), you will receive an empty folder during Commencement. Your diploma will be sent to you when your account is paid and requirements are completed.  If you have a problem with this deadline, contact the business office in Crete at 800.333.6263.

Undergraduate students that have completed graduation requirements within the past year are invited to attend the May ceremony.  This includes students that completed the previous August, October, December, (and have not already walked) and March.

Graduate students that have completed graduation requirements in March or May are invited to attend the May ceremony.