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Spring Commencement Information

Spring 2024 Commencement
Saturday, April 27, 2024 at 10:00 a.m.
Simpson College, Cowles Fieldhouse
701 N C St, Indianola, IA 50125

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Graduates please arrive at 9:15 a.m. for check-in at Smith Chapel


Friday, April 26, 2024      

Baccalaureate – Smith Chapel, 7 p.m. This is an open service for graduates, their families, and friends.  The service will include selections by the choir, student reflections, a faculty address by Dr. Sal Meyers, and the reading of the senior class “Gratitudes”. There will be no academic procession, and caps and gowns will not be worn. 

Saturday, April 27, 2024  

Graduation Procession Line-Up, 9:15 a.m. Students should arrive in front of Smith Chapel attired in their caps and gowns. Check-in is arranged by last name and is located outside the front of Smith Chapel. You will be given a card numbered to indicate your position in the procession. Go directly into Smith Chapel and find your row that matches the information on your card. Faculty will be in Smith Chapel to help you find your place and to give final instructions. 

Commencement Ceremony – Commencement Ceremony – Cowles Fieldhouse, 10 a.m. Doors open at 8:15 a.m. All seating is general seating, no tickets are required. Ushers on duty will be pleased to provide assistance to all guests. Anyone who would like to be seated near the sign language interpreters is asked to express that desire to an usher who will direct them to that specific area. A reception with light refreshments will be held following the ceremony on the Pedestrian Plaza in front of the Kent Campus Center.   

Venues Open on Commencement Day

       **The Spirit Shop will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
*Millie's Coffee Shop will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Parking and Building Accessibility Information-The north section of the Pedestrian Plaza (south of Girard Avenue) is open to two-way traffic to accommodate drop-offs only in front of the Kent Campus Center. No parking will be allowed on the Pedestrian Plaza.

You can access the Athletic Complex and Cowles Fieldhouse in the following ways:

  • From D Street, enter on the west side of the Athletic Center (including handicapped access ramp) or enter the west entrance to Kent Campus Center and walk through the building and down the stairs to Cowles Fieldhouse;
  • From the Pedestrian Plaza, enter on the east side of the Athletic Complex or through the east side of the Kent Campus Center and walk through the building and down the stairs to Cowles Fieldhouse.

Handicapped parking spaces are located in the Kent Center Parking Lot, McNeill/Hillman Parking Lot, Pote Theater Parking Lot and on D Street.

Handicapped access:

  • From D Street, use the ramp on the west side of Athletic Complex down to Cowles Fieldhouse.
  • From the Pedestrian Plaza, enter the Athletic Complex, turn left and take the elevator from the main level to the lower level. When you reach the lower level, proceed down the hallway to Cowles Fieldhouse.