Note to graduate students regarding commencement

Friday, May 9, 1:30 p.m. Graduation Rehearsal at the Walz Building in Seward

Graduate students are not required but are strongly encouraged to attend the graduation rehearsal on Friday afternoon. 

Friday, May 9, 7:00 p.m. Baccalaureate Service at St. John Lutheran Church in Seward

Graduate students are invited to join the undergraduate students at the baccalaureate service. Graduates will wear academic gowns and caps but not hoods, and will process and sit together as a class. Please assemble no later than 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall (lower level) of St. John Lutheran Church. There will be a reception immediately following the baccalaureate service in the St. John Fellowship Hall.

Saturday, May 10, 10 a.m. Commencement Ceremony in Seward

Graduation for master's degree students will be held on Saturday, May 10, at 10 a.m. in the Walz arena.  Graduates should be ready to line up in the lower level of the Walz no later than 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, May 10.  Follow the instructions of the graduation marshals to find your correct spot in the procession line. 
Saturday, May 10, Luncheon

A luncheon will be served to all graduates and their guests at the Janzow Campus Center Dining Hall & Cattle Conference Room after the ceremony, courtesy of Concordia University.   


Frequently asked questions

Where is the Walz? 

The Walz Human Performance Complex is located on E. Hillcrest Drive about 2 blocks west of the intersection of Hillcrest and Columbia Ave. in Seward (directions and a campus map).

When will the bookstore be open on Friday and Saturday of graduation?

The bookstore hours will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 9, and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 10.

Where do I pick up my cap, gown and hood?

Master's degree students should pick up their cap, gown and hood at the Concordia Bookstore prior to the graduation ceremony. Students should have placed a prior order with the Concordia Bookstore to rent or purchase their hood, gown, and cap. 

Where do we meet on Saturday morning?

All master's degree students should meet in the Walz lower level by 9:15 a.m. Students will put on their hoods prior to the graduation ceremony and wear them during the procession and ceremony.

Do I need to attend the rehearsal on Friday?

All graduates, including master’s students, are encouraged to attend the rehearsal on Friday, May 9, at 1:30 p.m. in the Walz. Rehearsal is not required for master’s students, but encouraged.

Do I return my rented gown and hood?

Your gown and hood do not need to be returned. They are yours to keep.

Other questions?

Please contact Brad Woodruff, undergraduate associate registrar, at or 402-643-7203.