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Graduation - December

Graduation - December

Commencement Day

Graduates should arrive on the Crete campus no later than 12:15 p.m. the day of commencement. Graduation begins promptly at 1:00 p.m. and will last an hour. Graduates should leave winter coats and/or purses with family members in attendance, as there isn't secure storage available.

Inviting Guest

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.

Directions & Parking

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.

Doane Bookstore

The Bookstore will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to purchase Doane memorabilia.

Caps & Gowns

Graduates 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 the Crete campus or your home address. The cost is approximately $40-$70 depending on degree awarded.

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 Graduates

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

  • August (and were not invited to participate in the May graduation ceremony)
  • October
  • December


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 Sunday morning and will be posted on Doane's home page.