We plan to hold Commencement Saturday, May 14, in Ron and Joyce Schipper Stadium. Please mark your calendars and plan to come to campus to help us celebrate the incredible accomplishments of our graduates. Watch live on the Central Dutch Network.

Graduates and their family members are invited to a complimentary lunch buffet in Central Market from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 14. If you and your guests wish to attend, please RSVP by Monday, May 2 by emailing


Friday, May 13

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Late Cap and Gown Pickup
Maytag Student Center, Central Spirit Shoppe
10 a.m. Mandatory Senior Commencement Rehearsal
Meet at P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium

Saturday, May 14

9 a.m. to noon Late Cap and Gown Pickup
Maytag Student Center, Central Spirit Shoppe
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lunch Buffet for Graduates and Families
Central Market
Email to RSVP by Monday, May 2
1 p.m. Senior Class Lineup
H.S. Kuyper Fieldhouse
2 p.m. Commencement Ceremony
Ron & Joyce Schipper Stadium

Event Details

Watch Live

  • Gates to Schipper Stadium will open at 12:30 p.m.
  • No tickets will be distributed for Commencement. Seating in the stadium will be available on a first-come, first-served basis with seating available for all guests.
  • We encourage you to bring chairs, blankets, etc., as you would for an outdoor athletics event or picnic. You should include an umbrella, sunscreen, and dress appropriately for an outdoor event. Feel free to bring water bottles into the stadium.
  • Guests also are welcome to sit in the grass around the stadium. In addition, folding chairs will be available for those unable to bring seating.
  • Please plan to discard any empty water bottles, papers, and miscellaneous waste outside the stadium at the conclusion of the ceremony.
  • Parking will be available in the lots next to A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex and Roe Center. Accessible parking will be available outside P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium on Independence Street. Volunteers will be available to help carry items should you need assistance. Golf carts will be available to transport those who need assistance from the parking lot to the stadium.
  • A professional photographer will take photos of all graduates as they cross the stage. The photos will be available later for purchase.

Visitor Information

The college has rooms for lunch available for rent for families and groups. Central College Catering will be more than happy to handle all your food and beverage needs, allowing time for family and friends to celebrate. To reserve a room today, please contact Conferences and Events at 641-628-7679.

In addition, Pella has many dining options.


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