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Graduation - December 14, 2024

Ceremony: 1:00PM CST

The Commencement Ceremony is held indoors at the Fuhrer Fieldhouse on the Doane Crete campus.

  • 1:00PM for Non-Residential & Residential Crete programs
    • Crete, Lincoln, and Online undergraduates and graduate students. 
    • Graduates arrive at 12:15 p.m. to line up. 
    • Graduates should leave winter coats and/or purses with family members in attendance, as there isn't secure storage available.


The ceremony will be streamed on YouTube for guests unable to attend.  Link to Commencement Program.

*Previous ceremony videos are available on the Doane University YouTube page.


You may bring as many guests as you wish. The Fuhrer Fieldhouse seats 1800. Please advise your guests to arrive 30 minutes prior to the ceremony or earlier. Early arrival assures a better chance for a good parking place and the best seat for the ceremony. Fuhrer Fieldhouse is handicap accessible, and special seating will be offered for those in wheelchairs.


Announcements may be purchased at

Directions, Parking, & Safety

Get Google map directions to campus from where ever you are.
There are over 900 parking spots on campus. Parking is available throughout, but is most conveniently located within:

  • Parking lot G: In front of Fuhrer Field House (building #5)
  • Parking lot I: in front of Haddix Recreation and Athletic Center (building #14)
  • Parking lot J: in the adjacent lot south of Haddix (the Den)

View the campus map for parking destinations.


The Doane University Bookstore, located in the lower level of Perry Memorial Campus Center, will be open from 10:00AM - 2:00PM on Commencement day to purchase Doane memorabilia.

Caps & Gowns

Non-residential undergraduate and Graduate students order cap, gown, and hood online from The website is only available during specific periods prior to graduation. Information on how to navigate the site will be sent close to graduation time. Jostens ships gowns directly to your home address. The cost is approximately $40-$70 depending on degree awarded.

Residential, Crete Campus graduates, may purchase their gown for the Doane Bookstore starting in late November.

Graduation Fee

Students pay a $40 graduation fee. This fee is charged to cover the cost of graduation activities.  The fee is levied prior to graduation regardless if you attend the ceremony or not.  The fee is waived only upon completion of the online graduation/assessment survey.  An email invitation asking you to complete the survey is sent to you approximately a month and a half prior to your completion date.

Diploma & Student Account Clean-Up

Account balances must be paid-in-full the Thursday prior to graduation for graduates to receive their diploma at the ceremony. Accounts that are not paid in full will receive an empty portfolio during ceremony. Diplomas are sent when accounts are paid and requirements are completed. Contact the business office in Crete at 800.333.6263 for more details.

Who is Invited?

Students that have completed graduation requirements for the current year in one of the following months:

  • August
  • October
  • December

Students that complete in March and May are invited to the May ceremony.


Planning an event in December, in Nebraska, is difficult knowing there is the potential of snow. If the weather is severe, and roads are impassable, a decision about postponing the ceremony will be made by 7am Saturday morning and will be posted on Doane's website.