Doane University to host postponed spring commencement Sunday

Nebraska City News-Press

Doane University will recognize May graduates from the College of Professional Studies, College of Education, College of Business, College of Arts and Sciences, and School of Integrative Learning at postponed Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, Sept. 20. The ceremonies originally scheduled on May 9 were postponed due to COVID-19.

Commencement will be split into two ceremonies, both taking place on Al Papik Field. A ceremony for May graduates from the Crete campus will begin at 10:00am and a ceremony for nontraditional undergraduate and graduate students will begin at 1:00pm.

Each student is allowed to bring up to four family members as guests and the graduates will be spaced out on the football field to allow for physical distancing. Masks are required to be worn during the event. Doane will be following strict protocols to ensure it is a safe environment for everyone in attendance. 

Around 45 percent of May graduates are expected to be in attendance for the Commencement ceremonies. Graduates were sent a survey in the spring to seek their input on a postponed ceremony and Sept. 20 was the preferred choice selected to hold a postponed event.

Doane awarded degrees to 450 students in May. This spring Doane had 148 graduates from the College of Education, 120 graduates from the College of Arts & Sciences, 117 graduates from the College of Business, 48 graduates from the College of Professional Studies, and 17 graduates from the School of Integrative Learning.

Doane graduates Allison Baird and Jeremy Heneger will be giving the Commencement addresses.

Friends and family of graduates who are unable to attend Commencement can watch the ceremonies on a livestream here