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Receptions & Events

Many individual schools and departments host their own pre- and post-Commencement events—from breakfasts for graduates and their families to outdoor receptions. 

The University also will host a University-wide reception immediately after each Commencement ceremony. 


Department of English departmental awards ceremony 4 p.m.
Friday, May 20
Sturm Hall, Room 451 Award winners, departmental thesis authors and their guests
Religious Studies end-of-year reception 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 24
Sturm Hall, Room 266 Everyone is welcome
Morgridge College of Education doctoral hooding ceremony 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 2
Ruffato Hall, Commons All fall, winter and spring MCE doctoral graduates and their guests
University College undergraduate recognition and graduate hooding 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday, June 2
Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Gates Concert Hall Graduates and their family and friends
Media, Film and Journalism Studies InShort Student Film Showcase 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Thursday, June 2
Sturm Hall, Davis Auditorium Everyone is welcome
Communication Studies graduation reception 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Friday, June 3
Sturm Hall, Suite 200 Graduating communication students students and their families
Graduate School of Social Work open house 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Friday, June 3
Craig Hall All GSSW graduates and their families and friends
Media, Film and Journalism Students graduation reception and awards ceremony 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Friday, June 3
DeBoer Park Graduating students (graduate and undergraduate), their family and friends, and faculty
AHSS graduate Commencement dessert reception 2 p.m.
Friday, June 3
Sturm Hall, Room 286 All graduating AHSS graduate students and their guests
AHSS undergraduate Commencement breakfast 7:30 a.m. 
Saturday, June 4
Sturm Hall, Room 248 All graduating AHSS undergraduate students and their guests