Graduation & Commencement Information | Briar Cliff University

Graduation & Commencement

Congratulations Graduates!

Congratulations Graduates!

The Class of 2021 graduation ceremony will take place this spring on Saturday, May 8, 2021 in the Tyson Events Center.

Unique This Year!  We have moved to a larger indoor venue so that our seating options can better accommodate social distancing. All event attendees will need to complete a Charger Health Check to gain approval to visit campus or attend an event. To do this on the day of your event, please text “BCU Visitor” to the number 58052. Immediately, you will receive a link to the Charger Health Check survey. Once you have completed that survey and received a green pass result you will be allowed to attend. Please be ready to show your pass result before entering any Briar Cliff University event.

The First Step

All graduates must apply to graduate to kick start our diploma verification process, help us order apparel, and plan the commencement ceremony. The application deadline is March 15th. 

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Caps and Gown Pick Up:  Graduation caps and gowns will be available in the Roth Cliff Shop during regular store hours the week before graduation. After receiving your approved green pass on your Charger Health Check stop by and pick yours up. Call us at 712-279-5416 if you have any questions. 

Guests and Tickets: Each graduate will be permitted four guests for the commencement ceremony. More details on the online reservation process to receive digital tickets for your guests will be coming soon.

Earn Your Cords: 

Franciscan Service Cord - As a Catholic Franciscan institution, we are committed to instilling the value of service to others in our students. All students are required to do 80 hours of service during their undergraduate experience or 20 hours of service per year according to the academic catalog. In keeping with the spirit of valuing service, Briar Cliff University offers a silver cord of recognition for students who go beyond the graduation requirement. Students who complete 100 hours of service or more will be awarded with a service honor cord to be worn at commencement.

The deadline to submit your volunteer hours and receive a cord for graduation is Monday, March 12th. Submit Your Hours

Receive Your Military Cord - This red, white, and blue cord honors active or veteran students graduating. All graduating students who are eligible should indicate on their application to graduate or contact the registrar by March 15th. 

Honors Student Cord - Students graduating with academic honors will receive a honor cord. Those who qualify will be determined by the registar throughout the verification of degree process. 

RSVP for Toast to the Tassel: Toast to the Tassel is a send-off event held in honor of our graduates. With spacing limitations this year's event will be open to only graduating seniors, BCU employees, and award recipients and their families. If you are planning to attend this year's event, please RSVP before Friday, April 23. Learn More and RSVP Today! 

Safety PrecautionsAll graduates and guests will be asked to show their approved Charger Health Check before entering the Tyson Events Center on commencement day. They will also be asked to supply and wear masks throughout the entire commencement event and follow social distancing standards whenever possible.

Arrival Times and Locations: 

Guests - Doors will open at 9:00 AM, the ceremony will start promptly at 10:00 AM. Please plan to use the south facing, ground floor "Primebank: Box Office" entrance and show your tickets for entry.

Graduates, Faculty, and Administration - Plan to arrive at 9:00 AM and report to the ground floor of the southwest entrance of Longlines Family Rec Center. Please be wearing your cap and gown.

Board of Trustees and Award Recipients - You will have special reserved seating on the event floor. Please arrive any time after 9:00 AM using the ground floor of the southwest entrance of Longlines Family Rec Center. 

Wish you could attend?

We know how much hard work went into earning this degree and we want to make sure you can celebrate this accomplishment with all of your loved ones. If you want to see someone make that exciting walk across the stage but cannot attend, we've got you covered. We will be livestreaming the ceremony here on the day of commencement. We don't want anyone to miss their loved one's big day. 

 Coming from out of town?

If you are planning to attend this year's graduation festivities and are traveling from out of town, the following area hotels offer a Briar Cliff discount. Please ask the front desk about it upon making a reservation. 

Graduation Cap


Event Details

DATE: Saturday, May 8, 2021
TIME: 10:00 AM
LOCATION: Tyson Events Center 401 Gordon Drive, Sioux City, IA 51101

Official Photos

Commemorate the event with a professional photograph of a graduate. Order Photos →

Graduation Gifts

Preserve this milestone with a custom-designed diploma frame or class ring for the big day.