Friday, May 18, 2018

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Late cap and gown pickup, Maytag Student Center, Central Spirit Shoppe
9:30 a.m. Mandatory commencement rehearsal, P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium

Saturday, May 19, 2018


9 a.m. – noon Late cap and gown pickup, Maytag Student Center, Central Spirit Shoppe
9:30 a.m. Senior Lineup and Procession, meet on south side of campus pond (rain site: lower level of First Reformed Church)
9:45 a.m. Faculty Gathering and Lineup, meet in south vestibule of church
10 a.m. Baccalaureate: 1st Reformed Church, 605 Broadway St.

A Gathering of the Class of 2018

Featured Speakers:

  • President, Mark Putnam
  • Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, Mary E. M. Strey
  • Class Dean, Anne Petrie
  • Commencement speaker, James L. Muyskens ’64
Enjoy this time dining with your family and friends at the Central Market or at one of Pella’s fine dining establishments.*
12:30 p.m. H.S. Kuyper Fieldhouse doors open
1 p.m. Senior Class Lineup, P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium
 1:30 p.m. Symphonic Wind Ensemble Concert, H.S. Kuyper Fieldhouse
 2 p.m. Commencement Ceremony, H.S. Kuyper Fieldhouse
Watch Commencement live, beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Post-commencement Reception and photo opportunities, P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium & Kuyper Lawn

No tickets will be distributed for baccalaureate and commencement.  Seating in the H. S. Kuyper Fieldhouse will be available on a first come, first served basis with seating available for all guests.  H. S. Kuyper Fieldhouse seating is provided in chairs and limited bleachers.

*There are a number of available options for dining on campus and in Pella during commencement weekend.  Central College Dining Services will be offering a special luncheon for graduates and their families in the Central Market from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Cost of this meal is $12 per person, graduates eat for free.   Reservations are required.  Please call 641-628-5154 to make your reservation.

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 & Events at 641-628-7679.

In addition, Pella has many dining options.  Details about these can be found at

Visitor information

Commencement 2017