Congratulations Graduates!

The Class of 2022's Graduation Ceremony will take place this spring on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 10:00 AM. Location to be determined.

Next Steps

The deadline to participate in the 2021 commencement ceremony has passed but you can still apply to graduate with the Class of 2021 or walk in our 2022 Commencement Ceremony. Complete the form below to kick start our diploma verification process. 

More About this Event

The safe celebration of your Commencement Ceremony is our top priority. Below is some information that will help you to attend or participate in graduation events.

Caps and Gown Pick Up 

Graduation caps and gowns will be available in the Roth Cliff Shop during regular store hour the week before graduation, please plan to stop by and pick yours up. Call us at 712-279-5416 if you have any questions.

Earning A Cord

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. 

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Receive Your Military Service 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.

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

Toast to the Tassel: RSVP Required

Toast to the Tassel is a send-off event held in honor of our graduates. This year's event will be open to graduating seniors, BCU employees, and award recipients and their families. More information will be coming soon, please check back to this page. 

Arrival Times and Locations

**Please note: All arrival times and locations are subject to change. Please check back to this page as the date gets closer.**

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 you tickets for entree.

Graduates, Faculty, and Administration - Plan to arrive at 9:00 AM report to 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. 

Safety Precautions

All 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.

Wish you could attend? | Virtual Streaming

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 Pictures

Pictures will be taken at the ceremony that will show each graduate receiving their diploma. If you are interested in purchasing these pictures, please be sure to request them.  

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