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* After consideration of the survey results we received regarding commencement, the decision has been made to hold graduation ceremonies Sunday, October 18, during the Waldorf University Homecoming celebrations. We will continue to monitor recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and state/local public health officials. We will confirm our graduation plans by September 1, 2020.*
Waldorf University is pleased to announce the 2020 graduation festivities, which will be held October 18 on Waldorf’s campus in Forest City, Iowa. All graduating students—both residential and online—are invited to attend as we join in celebrating this important milestone.

Commencement Practice 
(For all graduates who plan to participate in the ceremony)
TBD – Boman Fine Arts Center
Graduation Day instructions coming soon!

Baccalaureate Worship Service

Dining Options
An optional lunch on campus will be available between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Dining Hall. Graduates are able to eat for free with student ID, and receive up to three extra tickets for guests. Reservations for the lunch should made before the ceremony by including the number of guests in the registration form (for online students) or by by emailing Jennifer Edwards ( Additional guests can pay on-site: $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for children between ages of 6-10. Children five and under can eat for free.

Hospitality Center
The Atrium is available for family and friends to gather. Corn Hole (Bags), table games, TV viewing and plenty of seating will be provided along with free WiFi*. Alumni services will have an information table, Warrior Crossing and the Campus Bookstore will be open. We will be offering group, campus tours on Saturday at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. – simply meet in the Admissions Office if you'd like to participate. The Hospitality Center will be open Saturday from 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 

*Ping pong and pool tables will also available for use in the Campus Center​

Commencement Graduation Ceremonies 
Sunday, October 18, 2020
TBD – Morning Commencement Ceremony for Residential Students, Boman Fine Arts Center
TBD – Afternoon Commencement Ceremony for Online Students, Boman Fine Arts Center

Tickets are not required for either ceremony. Seating is first-come, first-serve. People who need special seating arrangements (disabled/elderly) should contact Jennifer Edwards at or by phone at 641.585.8134 prior to the ceremony.

Live Stream
If you are unable to attend, you can stream the 2020 commencement ceremonies live. Links will be listed below for the different ceremonies.

Attention: Online Program Graduates!
We look forward to hosting online program graduates who are able to attend the graduation ceremony on the Waldorf University campus! Registration begins January 15 in the student portal and the deadline to register for the commencement ceremony in Forest City, Iowa is March 1, 2019.

Residential students should contact the registrar's office on campus to participate in the  ceremony.

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Waldorf University Bookstore
The bookstore will be open to help you find that special graduation gift.  Call 641.585.8159 for special orders!

Lifetouch Special Events Photography
Lifetouch Special Events Photography is pleased to provide this complimentary service for each graduate who crosses the dais during the commencement ceremony.

Go to for information about commencement photographs. Any questions can be addressed to, 800.505.9496 Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-6 p.m. EST, or via their website.

There is no obligation to purchase.

If a valid email address is available to the photographer, a link to commencement photograph proofs will also be sent to participating graduates.

Please do not contact the school with inquiries related to photographic service.

October 2020, TBD - Commencement Practice, Boman Fine Arts Center

TBD - Baccalaureate Worship Service, Boman Fine Arts Center

October 18, 2020, TBD - Morning Commencement Ceremony – Residential Students, Boman Fine Arts Center

October 18, 2020, TBD - Afternoon Commencement Ceremony – Online Students, Boman Fine Arts Center

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