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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)
In lieu of a separate practice, detailed information will be sent to graduates before the ceremony. Line up will be at noon in the Fieldhouse.

Dining Options
A FREE boxed lunch will be available at 11 a.m. in the lobby of the Boman Fine Arts Center as a lunch option for graduates and their families. If you are interested in having a boxed lunch, please email Jennifer Edwards with the number of boxes needed.

Hospitality Center
Further details coming soon. 

Baccalureate & Commencement Graduation Ceremonies 
Sunday, October 18, 2020
1 p.m. – Baccalureate & Commencement Ceremony, Bolstorff Football Field

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 July 15 in the student portal and the deadline to register for the commencement ceremony in Forest City, Iowa isAugust 15, 2020.

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 18, 2020, TBD - Commencement Practice

October 18, 2020, 1 p.m. - Baccalureate & Commencement Ceremony – Bolstorff Football Field

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