Commencement 2020 - date to be determined

2020 Commencement Schedule - Schedule subject to change due to COVID-19 outbreak
Time Event
7 - 9 a.m.

Breakfast a la Carte

Market Place, C. Charles Jackson Campus Center

9 a.m. - Noon

Information Desk Open

C. Charles Jackson Campus Center, Lower Level

9 and 10:30 a.m.

Baccalaureate Services

Christ Chapel*

(Go to to reserve complimentary tickets for a Baccalaureate Service)

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Book Mark Open

C. Charles Jackson Campus Center, Lower Level

10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Commencement Buffet

Evelyn Young Dining Room*
(*Advance ticket purchase required at Limited tickets are available at the door.)

10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Hillstrom Museum of Art Open

Senior Studio Art Majors’ Exhibition
C. Charles Jackson Campus Center, Lower Level

12 p.m.

Gates open for seating in stadium or Lund Arena (if indoors)

12:40 p.m.

Graduates Line Up

Christ Chapel (in case of inclement weather line up in Lund Center)

1:30 – 1:45 p.m.

Music Prelude

Gustavus Wind Orchestra, Dr. James Patrick Miller, conductor
Hollingsworth Field

1:45 p.m.

Commencement Procession

Hollingsworth Field

2 p.m.

Commencement Exercises

Hollingsworth Field
In case of inclement weather, Commencement will be held in Lund Center Arena (ticket required), with overflow seating in Lund Forum—broadcast on large screen (no ticket required).

4 p.m.

Formal Department Receptions

Eckman Mall
(Lund Forum if inclement weather)

Free, no ticket or RSVP required

Reception Details

Post-Commencement Reception

Following Commencement exercises, all in attendance are invited to a complimentary reception on Eckman Mall, weather permitting. Look for signs with directions to the appropriate divisional areas on the mall. No reservations are necessary and there is no cost to attend.

If weather conditions preclude an outdoor reception, divisional gatherings will be held at sites in the Johnson Student Union and the C. Charles Jackson Campus Center:

  • Education – The Dive, O.J.Johnson Student Union
    Departments of Education; Nursing; and Health and Exercise Science; and The Library. (The Nursing Department reception will be held in Linner Lounge.)
  • Fine Arts – Evelyn Young Dining Room, C. Charles Jackson Campus Center
    Departments of Art and Art History; Communication Studies; Music; and Theatre and Dance
  • Humanities – C. Charles Jackson Campus Center Banquet Rooms
    Departments of Classics; English; History; Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; Philosophy; Religion; and Scandinavian Studies; and the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Program
  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics – Alumni Hall, O.J. Johnson Student Union
    Departments of Biology; Chemistry; Geology; Mathematics and Computer Science; and Physics; and the Environmental Studies Program
  • Social Sciences – Evelyn Young Dining Room, Jackson Campus Center
    Departments of Economics and Management; Geography; Political Science; Psychology; and Sociology and Anthropology; and the Peace Studies Program
6 p.m.

Residence Halls Close

All students are required to be moved out of their campus residence hall room by 6 p.m. This includes signing up for a time to formally check out with a Collegiate Fellow.