Allen College holds three graduation ceremonies each year. Spring Commencement is held in May, Summer Commencement is held in August, and Fall Commencement is held in December. Students must meet graduation requirements to participate in any Commencement ceremony.

Spring 2024 Graduation

Friday, May 3, 2024, Nazareth, Cedar Falls, Iowa.

School of Health Sciences Student Ceremony - 11 a.m.
Students should arrive at Nazareth for rehearsal at 9 a.m.
Student and class photographs begin at 10:10 a.m.
Guests may arrive after 10:15 a.m.

School of Nursing Student Ceremony - 3 p.m.
Students should arrive at Nazareth for rehearsal at 12:45 p.m.
Student and class photographs begin at 2:10 p.m.
Guests may arrive after 2:15 p.m.

Summer 2024 Graduation

Friday, August 16, 2024, Nazareth, Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Graduation Ceremony - 11 a.m.
Students should arrive at Nazareth for rehearsal at 8:45 a.m.
Student and class photographs begin at 10:10 a.m.
Guests may arrive after 10:15 a.m.

Graduation Q & A

Q: How do I complete a graduation application?

A: During your last semester of coursework, you will be sent an application for graduation. The information you provide on the application will assist graduation staff in ordering gowns, diplomas and pins.

Q: When will I receive my diploma?

A: You will receive a diploma cover and an insert at the graduation ceremony. Your diploma will arrive six to eight weeks after your graduation requirements have been verified. If you need proof of graduation prior to your diploma arriving, you may request an official transcript.

Q: How are student speakers selected?

A: Each graduation ceremony will include a student speaker. Students will cast ballots for a student he/she wishes to represent their school. Since there are more than one program in each school, the top vote receivers for each program will be randomly selected to represent the school.

Q: Will there be a rehearsal for graduation?

A: Yes, a graduation rehearsal will take place the afternoon of graduation. Please make arrangements to attend.

Q: What should I wear to graduation?

A: Commencement is a formal ceremony that recognizes your academic achievements; therefore, you should dress in business attire for the ceremony. Because your gowns are dark color, graduation protocol suggests you should wear dark accessories--shoes, slacks, etc.--to ensure a uniform appearance to the graduation ceremony and to highlight the colors of the hoods, tassels, and honors you have earned. Graduates should consider low heels or flat shoes, as they will need to walk up and down stairs to cross the platform. Honor students should wear honor cords which are given to students prior to the graduation ceremony.

If you choose to bring purses, keys, or other items to the graduation ceremony, please be aware that is not a secure place to leave your belongings. Plan to leave such belongings with family or friends.

Q: Will I be photographed at graduation?

A: Individual and group photos of the graduates are taken before and during the ceremony. A professional photographer will take individual pictures of each student as he/she receives his/her diploma. Allen College provides the individual diploma pictures and they will arrive with your diploma. You will have an opportunity to order additional photos directly from the photographer. The photographer will mail all photos to you.

Q: Am I required to attend the graduation ceremony?

A: Students are strongly encouraged to attend the graduation ceremony to celebrate the completion of their Allen College program.