Celebrating Our Graduates


Buena Vista University's commencement ceremonies will be held on a future date. These ceremonies are a wonderful time to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates.

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October Commencement Postponed

This year has been full of unexpected changes that have required BVU to make many tough decisions in order to keep students, faculty, staff, alumni, and our community healthy and safe. In light of these changes, the University has postponed our in-person Commencement ceremony previously scheduled for Oct. 11, 2020, due to our inability to host large gatherings. 

This winter, BVU will reassess options for an in-person Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020. Graduates will be notified of new plans, which will also be posted here.

BVU has established health and safety practices for everyone to follow as we return to campus. Learn more about the steps we have taken. Beavers Forward

Virtual Celebration

Congratulations, graduates! Our faculty, staff, and students are pleased to bring you a virtual celebration of the 129th graduating class of Buena Vista University.

The virtual Commencement celebration includes many of the same components as our traditional ceremony, with messages from the Interim President, student speaker—and most importantly, the recognition of individual graduates. Graduates who opted to be recognized are featured in the video.

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Celebrate on Facebook

Show your Beaver Spirit with a "2020 Graduate" frame on Facebook!

It's easy to update your profile photo with this fun frame.

  1. In Facebook, select "Update Profile picture"
  2. Select "Add Frame."
  3. Search for and Select "BVU Class of 2020." Adjust as necessary.
  4. Select "Use as Profile Picture."

Cap and Gown Sent to Graduates

Graduates: Herff Jones has partnered with BVU to deliver your graduation cap and gown. You should have received your cap and gown, but if you have not you can find more information on the Herff Jones website. Herff Jones Cap & Gown Info

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Graduates or guests with special needs

Contact Donna Musel, Director of Academic Excellence, to discuss accommodations.

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Campus Map

Explore buildings, landmarks, and parking on our Storm Lake campus.

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Storm Lake Map

A picturesque community located next to a natural glacial lake.

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Siebens Forum Map

Many of the day's activities will be held in the Harold Walter Siebens School of Business/Siebens Forum.

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