In light of the exceptional circumstances of the Spring 2020 semester, we plan to hold Commencement on Sunday, Sept. 27, following the college’s Homecoming. Please mark your calendars and plan to come to campus to help us celebrate the incredible accomplishments of our graduates as well as enjoy a Homecoming that will be more special than ever.

We continue to monitor state and local guidelines and will provide details about our plans around these events later this summer.

Original Schedule

9 a.m. – noon Late Cap and Gown Pickup, Maytag Student Center, Central Spirit Shoppe
10 a.m. Baccalaureate: Douwstra Auditorium

A Gathering of the Class of 2020.
Watch live beginning at 10 a.m.

Featured Speakers:

  • President, Mark Putnam
  • Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, Mary E. M. Strey
  • Class Dean, Eric Jones
Following Baccalaureate 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

Featured Speaker: Kellie Gorsche Markey ’88

Watch Commencement live stream, 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.

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Commencement 2017