Celebrating Our Graduates


Buena Vista University's Commencement ceremonies are held annually, at the conclusion of our Spring Semester. Our next Commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, May 6, 2023. 

Student shakes hand with professor at BVU's Commencement.

Commencement Ceremony Live Stream

BVU's commencement ceremonies will be livestreamed on Facebook watch here

Commencement Photography

Ceremony Photos is pleased to provide complimentary photography services to each graduate who crosses the stage during the Commencement ceremony. Following the ceremonies, proofs of photos will be available to view and purchase. All ceremony participants will receive an email and link to view their proofs. 

Any questions can be addressed to service@ceremonyphotos.com.

Student Olivia Wieseler, Class of 2020, holds her diploma at BVU's Commencement.

Commencement 2023 Schedule

8 a.m.-2 p.m.Name Card Pick-UpRegistrar’s Office
9-10 a.m.Baccalaureate ServiceSiebens Fieldhouse
9 a.m.-2 p.m.BVU BrunchStudent Dining
10:30 a.m.Line Up for master’s degree program graduatesLawn in front of Schaller Memorial Chapel by school
In case of rain, line up will take place inside Schaller Memorial Chapel
11 a.m.Master’s Degree Commencement CeremonySiebens Fieldhouse
1:30 p.m.Line Up for bachelor’s degree program graduatesLawn in front of Schaller Memorial Chapel by school
In case of rain, line up will take place inside Schaller Memorial Chapel
2 p.m.Bachelor’s Degree Commencement CeremonySiebens Fieldhouse

Looking for a gift for your graduate?

Pre-order Gifts Here

Gown Steaming & Career Services

Career and Leadership Development is offering gown steaming during the week of graduation (May 1-5) for students, along with post-graduate assistance for job seeking and information about reporting their outcomes. Students can contact Mandi Mollring (MollringA@bvu.edu) or Sami Kay (KayS@bvu.edu) for more information.

Buena Vista University employees, from left, Ashley Hunter, Brandy Ripke, and Emily Heitman celebrate earning their master’s degree in organizational leadership just prior to the BVU Commencement ceremony in May. All three earned a tuition grant toward their master’s degree, a benefit offered to full-time employees.

BVU Brunch

Saturday, May 6, 2023 | 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Student Dining, Siebens Forum

Brunch $12 per person
Champagne Cocktail Brunch $15 per person
Card payment only – no cash accepted.

Featuring an Omelet Station, Eggs Benedict, French Toast, Cinnamon Rolls, and more!

Happy students in cafeteria line

Graduates Name Card and Academic Medal Pick-Up

Below are the times you will be able to pick up your name cards and any academic medals you have earned:

May 1-5 
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Dixon-Eilers - Registrar Office Window

May 6
8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Dixon-Eilers - Registrar Office Window

A happy graduate stands triumphant in front of Victory Arch

Visiting Campus

Explore our academic and residential buildings on our campus map or take the virtual tour. Get step-by-step driving directions to campus.

BVU's Storm Lake Campus Map

Senior Class Campaign

Since 1992, each BVU senior class has come together to raise funds toward a gift for the university. The senior class campaign is an opportunity for students to begin a lifelong tradition of giving back to BVU, showing support for the University’s continued growth and success.


Students on Campus

Commencement Regalia

If you still need to order cap and gowns, please contact theRegistrar's Office