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 now take place next fall over homecoming weekend on Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 1:30 PM in the Sioux City Orpheum Theatre. Your family and friends are welcome and are encouraged to attend any and all graduation and homecoming events with you! 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 receive your diploma. Please contact the registar and they will provide you with 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 be updating this page as we know more, please continue to 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

Honors Convocation, Toast to the Tassel, and Champions of Character Banquet

This year's Honors Convocation, Toast to the Tassel, and Champions of Character Banquet will be virtual celebrations. Please be sure to follow Briar Cliff's social channel to join us as we feature, honor, and celebrate this year's graduates. 

Alumni Mass 

This service will be offered for graduates, their parents, returning alumni, and students at 9:00 AM. 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 line up and get other instructions for the event.


The commencement ceremony will take place in the Orpheum Theatre in Downtown Sioux City at 1:30 PM. 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, 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 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. 


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.