2020 Graduation & Commencement Information | Briar Cliff University

Graduation & Commencement

Congratulations Graduates!

Class of 2020, your graduation ceremony has been postponed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. With this in mind, the 2020 commencement ceremony will take now place next fall over homecoming weekend, Sunday September 27, 2020 in the Sioux City Orpheum Theatre. The exact timing of all events are yet to be determined but all your family and friends are welcome and are encouraged to 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. 

All future graduates planning to complete their degrees, who would like to walk in Briar Cliff commencement ceremony on Sunday, September 27, 2020 were required to complete the form to apply by February 15. If you did not complete your application in time, but would still like to recieve your dipoma. Please contact the reistar and they will provide you your next steps. 

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After completing, be sure to check out our Graduation Checklist and make sure you're ready for the big day!

Schedule of Events

PLEASE NOTE: In light of recent events, the date and timing of all remaining graduation events are subject to change. We will continue to update this page as we know more, please check back. 

All graduates and their loved ones will have the opportunity to participate in the following events. Please note, that some programs have their own unique graduation events. For a full listing of all events, please check out our events calendar

Toast to the Tassel 

This is a celebration cocktail reception allowing graduates to reminisce with their peers and professors while being officially inducted into our alumni association. This free event will provide all graduates and their parents complimentary champagne to toast and a Briar Cliff champagne flute to take with you. Please RSVP by April 1st.

Baccalaureate Mass 

This service is offered to graduating seniors and their parents. The Mass will take place in Our Lady of Grace Chapel on campus. Graduates, please arrive at 8:30 AM in Heelan Hall 094, 096, and 098 to receive robes, line up, and get other instructions for the event.


The commencement ceremony will take place in the Orpheum Theatre in Downtown Sioux City. Graduates, faculty, administration, and trustees should arrive by 12:30 PM. Graduates and faculty, please navigate to the "green room" on the lower level of the Orpheum to receive your robes, line up, and get other instructions for the event. Trustees, Award Recipients, and Administration, please report to the dressing room also located on the lower level. 


Following the commencement ceremony, Briar Cliff will host a reception on Pierce street outside of the Orpheum. They will provide cookies and refreshments so all new alumni, their peers, and their families can mingle and capture photos.  

Graduation Cap


Wish you could attend? 

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 commencement ceremony on September, 27. Check back to this page for an updated link. 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 fesitvites 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. 


Event Details

DATE: Sunday, September 27, 2020
LOCATION: Orpheum Theatre, 528 Pierce St, 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.