Commencement is an exciting time on every college campus. The granting of baccalaureate and graduate degrees is celebrated through long-standing traditions, as well as reflections on the opportunities ahead. This web site provides important details and information regarding Commencement activities. If you have questions after reading this material, please contact the Registrar's Office at (605) 668-1515 or email [email protected].

Information for:
Yankton and Sioux Falls Location

Yankton/Sioux Falls Location
Saturday, December 19, 2015
Commencement: 2:00 pm - Marian Auditorium
Information for Families & Friends

There is no limit to the number of guests candidates may invite to the ceremony, and no admission tickets are required.

Seating is available for people with disabilities on a first come, first serve basis. Ushers will be able to direct you.

Visit the Yankton Chamber of Commerce website for information on lodging, dining and other accommodations.

Length of ceremony
Approximately one hour

All graduates and their guests are invited to a reception in the Cyber Cafe following the commencement ceremony.

A professional photographer will take photos of each graduate. Photos should be ordered directly through Photography by Jerry & Assoc. They may be pre-ordered using this form or may be viewed on their website and ordered directly from the photographer.

Guests may take their own photographs during the ceremony, but must remain outside of the candidate seating area, in order to ensure an enjoyable ceremony. Guests will have time after the ceremony to take personal photographs on the stage.

Driving Directions
Maps & Directions

Information for Graduates
Graduates, we hope you will participate in Commencement exercises as a way of sharing this accomplishment with your fellow classmates, as well as with the families who have supported you on your journey to one of life's most significant milestones.

We would like to provide you with the following information regarding our graduation activities.

To assist us in planning seating for graduates we ask that you confirm your attendance (yes or no). Please call us at (605) 668-1542 or email [email protected] by December 4.

Line up
Commencement: Gather in Whitby Lounge by 1:15 pm

Cap and Gown
Undergraduate Students: Please pick up your cap and gown at the Bookstore on on Wednesday, December 9 or Thursday, December 10, 2015(please bring your own hanger). If you are unable to get to the Bookstore, you must contact them with your jacket size and height so a gown can be set aside for you. Hats are one-size-fits-all, all gowns and hoods are due back immediately after the ceremony; graduates may keep the cap and tassel.
Nurse Anesthesia Graduate Students: Please inform Melissa Stellingwerf your jacket size and height by December 4th so a gown can be set aside for you. Please pick up your attire in the Bookstore between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on December 19. Hats are one-size-fits-all, all gowns and hoods are due back immediately after the ceremony; graduates may keep the cap and tassel.
Nursing Graduate Students: TBD

Honors and Diplomas
All college work (including transfer work) is used in computing graduation honors for student's receiving a bachelor degree. Honors announced at graduation are based off previous term standing and are subject to change pending final degree verification. Diplomas will be mailed to students who have successfully completed all course work and have taken care of all financial obligations.

checklist is provided for your convenience.