Graduates must be lined up by 1 p.m. in full academic attire. Additional details for graduates, including a timeline and frequently asked questions, can be found on myView. Students will need to log in to view the information.
Doors open at approximately 12:30 p.m. for guests, and seating fills quickly. Please allow adequate time for walking from the parking lots to the Hall and plan to be seated by 1:30 p.m. The ceremony begins promptly at 2 p.m. and includes remarks from a student speaker as well as an honored guest speaker. The ceremony usually lasts approximately two hours.
No tickets are required for seating and there is no limit to the number of guests who may attend for each graduate. Please be considerate of other guests when seating large groups. Seating for persons with disabilities is available in the front rows, and one or two family members can join the person with disability in that seating area. A small cry room with a live feed of the ceremony is available in a room adjacent to the Hall for families with small children who need time away from regular seating. Ushers in red Grand View shirts are available to help find group seating and answer questions.
Iowa Events Center prohibits outside food and beverages, but water will be available in the ceremony hall.
Students will not have a secure place to store their belongings (purses, wallets, phones) during line-up and the processional, so we strongly encourage graduates to give their valuables to guests or family members until after the ceremony.
Baccalaureate is a religious ceremony celebrating our graduates and sending them out into the world to do good work. Graduates earning bachelor's degrees wear their academic garb and the hood is placed on their shoulders during the ceremony. Graduates should be lined up no later than 10 a.m. The ceremony starts at 10:30 a.m. and will last approximately one hour.
Baccalaureate is held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 600 6th Avenue, downtown Des Moines.
Maps & Parking
Parking is available north of HyVee Hall for a fee. Please plan to arrive early enough to walk a distance to the southeast corner of the Events Center. Guests with mobility concerns can be dropped off at the doors on 3rd St. (one way, southbound).
Graduates and guests arriving for the ceremony have several entrance options, however please note that while most of the Iowa Events Center (IEC) parking is north of the complex, the ceremony is in the southeast corner of the IEC complex. Allow ample time to find parking and walk to Hy-Vee Hall.
If staying in a hotel, you may consider asking for a shuttle or walking through the skywalks. If you are attending baccalaureate, please be aware that it is a .26-mile outdoor walk from St. John's to HyVee Hall (PDF).
Iowa Events Center
730 3rd St
Des Moines IA 50309