2020 Graduation & Commencement Information | Briar Cliff University

Graduation & Commencement

Congratulations Graduates!

Class of 2020, your graduation date is rapidly approaching. The 2020 commencement ceremony will take place on May 10, 2020 in the Sioux City Orpheum Theatre. 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 this spring who would like to walk in Briar Cliff commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 10, 2020, must complete the form below to apply to attend.

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The deadline to be a part of this year's ceremony is February 15. After completing, be sure to check out our Graduation Checklist and make sure you're ready for the big day!


Schedule of Events

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 | May 5, 2020 from 5:00- 7:30 PM

This is a celebration cocktail reception allowing graduates to reminisce with their peers and professors while being officially inducted into our alumni association. Event is free and open to all graduates and their parents. Please RSVP by April 1st.

Baccalaureate Mass | May 10, 2020 at 9:00 AM

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.

Graduation Brunch | May 10, 2020 from 10:00- 11:45AM 

A special brunch will be offered in the Stark Student Center Cliff Cafe for graduates and their families. Spacing is limited, purchase your tickets before Friday, May 1st.

Commencement | May 10, 2020 at 1:30 PM

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. 

This year commencement will take place on Mother's Day. Flower bouquets for both graduates and their moms are available for pre-order. We will be offering a wrapped dozen roses for $30 or a mixed bouquet for $25. Flowers will be avaible for pick up in the second entrance of the Orpheum. Order Now

Reception | May 10, 2020 

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.  

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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 May 10th. Check back to this page for an updated link. We don't want anyone to miss their loved one's big day.

Event Details

DATE: Sunday, May 10, 2020
TIME: 1:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Orpheum Theatre, 528 Pierce St, Sioux City, IA 51101

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