Commencement to Take Place May 14

Doane University Graduates

Doane University will mark Commencement 2017 with a weekend of activities, culminating in the Commencement ceremony Sunday, May 14.


Approximately 420 undergraduate and graduate degrees will be awarded during the university's annual Commencement celebration held in Cassel Open Air Theatre on the Crete campus.


Commencement begins at 10 a.m. for students in the College of Professional Studies and Graduate Studies in Education. Michelle Waite, a 1992 graduate of Doane University and 11-year legislative aide in the Nebraska Legislature, will serve as the event’s keynote speaker. In 1998, Waite was appointed as assistant to the chancellor for community relations at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and currently serves as the principal adviser to Chancellor Ronnie Green regarding university relations between the university and many of its external constituencies.


Commencement begins at 2:30 p.m. for students in the College of Arts and Sciences. Senior Minister at First Plymouth Church in Lincoln, Rev. Dr. Jim Keck, will serve as the keynote speaker. A member of the Doane University Board of Trustees, Rev. Keck received an undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado and a graduate degree in Berkeley, California. He received his Doctorate of Ministry from Andover Newton Seminary and was ordained in the United Church of Christ in 1990.


In the event of heavy rain, commencement will be moved to the Fuhrer Fieldhouse. The ceremonies will also be broadcast online and may be accessed by going to


Commencement weekend activities also include:


Saturday, May 13

10:30 a.m. - Baccalaureate service, Heckman Auditorium

7 p.m. - President's Concert, Heckman Auditorium