In light of the exceptional circumstances of the Spring 2020 semester, we plan to hold Commencement Sunday, Sept. 27 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.

To help Central College adhere to health protocols, please see the guidelines below.

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Schedule Sunday, Sept. 27

9 a.m. to noon Late Cap and Gown Pickup, Maytag Student Center, Central Spirit Shoppe
12:30 p.m. Ron and Joyce Schipper Stadium opens for seating
1 p.m. Senior Class Lineup, H.S. Kuyper Fieldhouse or north lawn
 2 p.m. Commencement Ceremony, Ron and Joyce Schipper Stadium (rain or shine)

Featured Speaker: Kellie Gorsche Markey ’88

Watch the Commencement live stream, beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Following Commencement Photo Opportunities, Ron and Joyce Schipper Stadium and Kuyper Lawn


2020 Commencement Guidelines

As we approach the much-anticipated 2020 Commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, at Ron and Joyce Schipper Stadium, please familiarize yourselves with the guidelines below.

Graduate Line-Up

Graduates will meet at 1 p.m. in the H.S. Kuyper Fieldhouse for instructions and line-up. Masks are required.

Caps, Gowns and Diploma Cover

If your cap, gown, tassel and additional recognitions were shipped to you, please remember to bring them with you. However, you do not need to bring your diploma cover for the ceremony. We recommend you take your gown out of the bag and hang it up now to remove wrinkles.

If you did not request to have your regalia shipped to you, it will be available at the Central College Spirit Shoppe from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, or 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, Sept. 27.

Regalia will be available for purchase if you forget to bring yours. The cost for a cap, gown and tassel is $20. If you need a new honor cord, the cost is an additional $10.

You should have already received your Central College Alumni Pin. Please bring it to campus and wear it on your commencement gown.

Winter and Spring student-athletes that did not receive their senior athletic awards can stop by the ticket booth outside the football stadium from noon to 2 p.m. to pick their awards up.


Parking will be available in the green lot next to the A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex and Roe Center.

Graduate Seating at the Stadium

Seating for all graduates will be provided and will follow 6-foot physical distancing guidelines.

Guest Seating at the Stadium

We encourage all guests to bring chairs, blankets, etc., as you would for an outdoor athletics event or picnic. There will be physically distanced seating areas identified both on the track and field. Guests also are welcome to sit in the grass around the stadium. We will ask guests to remain seated with their family group and practice physical distancing with other participants at all times.

Volunteers will be available to help carry items should you need assistance. If you need to unload prior to parking, guests are encouraged to pull into the Kuyper parking lot and drive past the arm gate before stopping to unload.

The east and west bleachers will be open as physically distant seating options. In addition, folding chairs will be available for those unable to bring seating.

Commencement Photos

To adhere to physical distancing requirements, there will not be access to the commencement stage for photos — during or after the ceremony. A professional photographer will take photos of all graduates as they cross the stage. The photos will be available for purchase at a later date.

Additional Details

Gates to Schipper Stadium will open at 12:30 p.m. Masks are required for entrance.

Stations identified with a Central flag will be stocked with programs, hand sanitizer and masks for those who need them.

You are encouraged to bring an umbrella, sunscreen and dress appropriately for an outdoor event.

Golf carts will be available to transport those who need assistance from the parking lot to the stadium.

Feel free to bring water bottles into the stadium. Please plan to discard any empty water bottles, papers and miscellaneous waste outside the stadium at the conclusion of the ceremony.

There will be no reception following the ceremony.

Masks are required when moving in and around the stadium. They also are recommended when seated. For full details on campus protocols, please visit

In case of lightning, an announcement will be made and guests will move to the H.S. Kuyper Fieldhouse, P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium or back to vehicles until the storm has passed.

We are looking forward to seeing and celebrating with you on Sept. 27 at your graduation ceremony. If your plans for commencement have changed, please let us know by contacting Susan Canfield, director of conferences and events. Those who are unable to attend the ceremony can watch the Commencement live stream, beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Thank you for having a heart for others and doing your part to prepare for this momentous occasion!

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