Graduation Weekend

Graduation Weekend 2024

Graduation from Coe College is truly a milestone. This webpage is designed to provide information concerning Commencement and related events at Coe. Below you will find the schedule for Graduation Weekend 2024. Please check this website for future updates and additional information!


  • Senior Celebration | 5:00 PM | Eastbank Venue | Social event hosted by David and Heather Hayes kicks off graduation weekend and welcomes the senior class as new alumni. 


  • Commencement Rehearsal | 2:30 PM | Stewart Memorial Library Quad | In case of rain, rehearsal will be in Kohawk Arena. Rehearsal lasts 45 minutes. Attendance is required.
  • Inclusive Celebration | 4:30 PM | DK Auditorium in Marquis Hall | Celebrate the diversity of Coe's campus as well as the leadership and accomplishments of graduating seniors. Reception to follow in CHS Lobby. 


  • Baccalaureate^ | 11:00 AM | Sinclair Auditorium | Baccalaureate service of word and song will take place. Family and friends are invited. This is not a mandatory event but a once-in-a-lifetime occasion.
  • Nurses’ Pinning Ceremony | 1:00 PM | Dows Theatre
  • Phi Beta Kappa Initiation | 1:30 PM | Perrine Gallery in Stewart Memorial Library | By invitation only
  • Honors Convocation*^ | 2:30 PM | Sinclair Auditorium | Academic awards and prizes will be announced, showcasing student accomplishments for parents and friends. 
  • Presidential Reception | 4:00 PM | Sinclair Lobby | All graduating seniors and their families are invited.


  • Kohawk Family Graduation Celebration | 7:00 AM | Phifer Commons in Upper Gage | Graduates have the chance to get ready, eat breakfast and recognize their families' support. 
  • Ringing of the Victory Bell| 9:00 AM | Eby Fieldhouse Quad | All graduates should line up at 9:00 AM. (The Victory Bell Tradition)
  • Pre-Commencement Concert | 9:30 AM | Stewart Memorial Library Quad | Features the Coe Concert Band. 
  • Commencement*^ | 10:00 AM | Stewart Memorial Library Quad | About 2,500 seats will be available on chairs and bleachers. Family members may also bring blankets or lawn chairs to use if they desire. Umbrellas and windbreakers are strongly recommended in case of rain or cool conditions. In case of severe weather, Commencement will be held in Kohawk Arena. 

*ASL interpreter will be present.
All events are handicap accessible. 

^Events will be livestreamed.

Note: These are not ticketed events and there is not a limit to the number of guests each graduate can invite to the events taking place on May 4 & 5. Please leave pets at home, service animals are welcome.


Photo Opportunity Map

Parking map

Livestream Information

Other graduation information


For a hotel listing, please view


If you are unable to attend the Commencement ceremony, a written request must be submitted to the Office of the Provost ( in order to receive your diploma. Your diploma will be mailed to you soon after Commencement. Please verify/update your address on My Coe ( to indicate the appropriate mailing address.


Commencement will take place outside even if it rains. Rain gear and windbreakers are strongly recommended in case of rain or cool conditions. In the event of warm weather, guests are encouraged to bring their own water. In case of severe weather, the ceremony will be held in Kohawk Arena. Information regarding a location change will be provided via Coe email and at the morning of Commencement, if applicable. 


On Sunday, graduates and guests are asked to please avoid wearing narrow or spike heels to Commencement as they sink into the grass at the outdoor ceremony. If an indoor ceremony is required, narrow or spike heels may cause damage to the indoor court surface. 


A professional photographer will capture each graduate ringing the bell and crossing the stage. To order photos after Commencement, visit and use the password GRAD2024. If you have any further questions after the event, please call Impact Photo/Joe Photo at 319.389.6018 or 319.389.9845.


The Kohawk Shop is the point of contact for cap and gown orders. Please direct questions to  


Show us your creativity and Coe passion by sharing photos of your decorated graduation caps on social media. Use #KohawkCapContest2024 for a chance to win a prize and have your photos shared. The contest closes May 10. Be sure to make your posts public so we can see them.


Only college-approved, licensed drone operators are permitted to fly drones at this event. Drone use/operation is not permitted by guests.


The faculty and staff at Coe College strive to make Commencement a special experience for our graduates. If you or your guests have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to the Office of Communications at This email account will be monitored on both Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5. On Saturday, May 4 (10:00 AM - 3:00 PM) and Sunday, May 5 (7:00 AM - Noon). During Graduation Weekend, please also feel free to call 319.399.8500 with questions.