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Graduation - May

Graduation - May

Due to weather conditions, all 2021 Doane Commencement ceremonies will be held indoors at the Fuhrer Fieldhouse.

The Graduation Committee is working with the Risk Assessment Team to plan a ceremony that will celebrate students accomplishments, while keeping everyone safe. 

  • Each graduate will be seated on the field with 4 chairs for their guests, located directly behind them.  Additional limited seating will be available in the bleachers.
  • Masks must be worn by all students, staff, and guests. If you or your guests are exhibiting any Covid-19 symptoms please do not attend.
  • Doane will livestream both ceremonies for friends and family to watch who are unable to attend.
Reminder: Plans could change if there is a concern with the current status of COVID-19 on the Crete campus or if public health guidelines are changed to no longer allow large gatherings. Doane’s COVID-19 dashboard can be seen here



10 a.m. for Non-Residential programs (Lincoln, Omaha, and Online undergraduates and graduate students from the Master of Arts in Counseling, Master of Arts in Management, Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Instructional Design & Technology) and the Graduate Studies in Education (Master of Education, Education Specialist, and Doctor of Education programs).  Graduates arrive at 9:15 a.m. to find your seat.  

2:30 p.m. for Crete campus undergraduates.  Graduates arrive at 1:45 p.m. to find your seat.

Livestream Link


Each graduate will be seated on the field with 4 chairs for their guests, located directly behind them.  Additional limited seating will be available in the bleachers.  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.  Memorial Stadium is handicap accessible, and special seating will be offered for those in wheelchairs.

Parking & Safety

With more than 900 parking spots on campus, parking is plentiful. Handicapped parking is available in the Fuhrer Field House parking lot (see campus map). We also have a frequently asked questions for your convenience. If you have an iPhone or iPad, you can download an app to help you find your way around campus.


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 will be in the Fuhrer Fieldhouse, just east of the football field. Times and seat arrangements will remain the same. The number of guests permitted inside may be less than the amount outside depending on the amount of RSVP's.  Watch your email as we work to get these numbers finalized.


The Doane University Bookstore, located in the lower level of Perry Memorial Campus Center, will be open 8:00am- 2:30pm on Commencement Saturday.

Baccalaureate  Facebook Event Link

The Baccalaureate service celebrates the achievements of the graduates in a spiritual setting. Baccalaureate is a tradition at Doane because of its historical relationship with the Congregational United Church of Christ. This service is now interfaith and inclusive and all are invited to participate. Baccalaureate services are scheduled the Friday before graduation. It starts at 10:30 a.m. in Heckman Auditorium in the Communications Building. Students are asked at 10 a.m. in full cap and gown.

President's Concert  Facebook Event Link

At 7 p.m. Friday, come to Heckman Auditorium in the Communication Building to hear the Doane Choir and Symphone Wind Ensemble in their last performance of the year.

Graduation Fee

Students pay a $40 graduation fee. This fee is charged to cover the cost of graduation activities.  The fee is levied prior to graduation regardless if you attend the ceremony or not.  The fee is waived only upon completion of the online graduation/assessment survey.  An email invitation asking you to complete the survey is sent to you approximately a month and a half prior to your completion date.

Diploma & Student Account Clean-Up

Account balance must be paid-in-full the Thursday prior to graduation for graduates to receive their diploma at the ceremony.  Accounts that are not paid in full (including all credit-by-exam and portfolio credit), will receive an empty portfolio at the ceremony. Diplomas will be sent to graduates when their account is paid and requirements are completed. If there is a problem with this deadline, contact the business office in Crete at 800.333.6263.

Who Is Invited

Students that have completed graduation requirements in the past year are invited to attend the May 2021 ceremony.  This includes students who completed in August 2020, October 2020, December 2020, March 2021 and May 2021.