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Day of the Ceremony

Day of the Ceremony

Online Viewing Information

Bellevue University streams the Commencement live so those who cannot attend still have an opportunity to watch their graduate walk across the stage.

To view the the live streaming video of the Bellevue University Commencement Ceremony please click here. The live streaming will begin at 8 a.m. C.S.T.

Commencement Ceremony DVDs will be available for purchase approximately three to five weeks after the ceremony. The cost for each DVD is $8.00 USD plus shipping and handling. To order a DVD, please log in to BRUIN, click Commencement under the Student Resources section, and locate the Commencement Video Order Form.

If you have any questions, please contact the OneStop Service Center at 1-800-756-7920 or OneStop@bellevue.edu.

Schedule of Events on January 31, 2015

The commencement ceremony is now at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa

  • 8 am — Graduates arrive for check in and formation at the Mid-America Center South Entrance
  • 8:30 am — Final count of participants (please be in your seat by this time as this will determine whether or not your name is read while crossing the stage)
  • 9:10 am — Procession of graduates
  • 9:30 am — Ceremony begins promptly at 9:30
  • Late arrivals WILL NOT be admitted into the ceremony.

Mid-America Center

  • The Mid-America Center is located at 1 Arena Way, Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501.
  • There are two parking lots designated for guests at the Mid-America Center with no charge.
  • Graduates and guests enter the Mid-America Center South Entrance.


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Directions to the Mid-America Center

From I-80 West

  1. Traveling west on Interstate 80 from Des Moines, take the South 24th St exit, Exit 1B, toward Council Bluffs.
  2. Turn right onto South 24th Street.
  3. Take the first left onto Mid-America Drive West.
  4. Turn right onto Arena Way.

From I-29 North

  1. Traveling north of Interstate 29 take the South 24th St exit, Exit 1B, toward Council Bluffs.
  2. Turn right onto South 24th Street.
  3. Take the first left onto Mid-America Drive West.
  4. Turn right onto Arena Way.

From I-80 East

  1. Traveling east on Interstate 80 from Lincoln, Nebraska, merge onto I-29 North via Exit 1A on the left toward Sioux City.
  2. Take the Nebraska Ave exit, Exit 52, toward Riverboat Casino/Dog Track Casino.
  3. Turn left onto Nebraska Ave and take the first right onto South 35th Street, which becomes 23rd Ave.
  4. Turn right onto Bass Pro Drive and take the first left onto 24th Ave.
  5. Stay straight to go onto Arena Way.

From Eppley Airfield

  1. When leaving the terminal, turn left (south) on Abbot Drive and left onto North 14th St.
  2. Merge onto Interstate 480 East via the ramp on the left and merge onto Interstate 29 South toward Kansas City.
  3. Take the Nebraska Ave exit, Exit 52, toward Riverboat Casino/Dog Track Casino and turn left.
  4. Turn right on South 35th St which becomes 23rd Ave.
  5. Turn right onto Bass Pro Drive and take the first left onto 24th Ave.
  6. Stay straight to go onto Arena Way.

Guests

We do not limit the number of guests you can invite. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Your guests should enter the Mid-America Center from the main entrance on the south side. Your guests will not be allowed into the Exhibition Hall as the area is reserved for graduates. Seating for guests is accessible by stairs, escalator, or elevator, which will be available at 8 AM.

Personal Items

We recommend you have a family member or friend hold your personal items, as there will be no space to store your belongings during the ceremony. Please give your valuables to your family or friends before you go to the Exhibition Hall for formation. If you would like to take your belongings with you to the dressing area, make sure you can keep them on your person by using a pocket or fanny pack. Please take care of all personal business before going to the dressing area. Once you are dressed in your cap and gown, counted and seated by the Registrar’s Office, and given instructions for the ceremony, you will not be able to leave the Exhibition Hall to visit with family and friends.

Recessional

You will be ushered out immediately following the faculty and Board of Directors. Your family and friends remain seated during the recessional. After exiting the arena, you will be directed back to the Exhibition Hall, where you will turn in your gown.

Please note: Once graduates have exited the arena, family and friends can proceed to the first floor. Please make arrangements or designate a location to meet your friends and family after the ceremony.

Graduation Photography and Gown Return

If you wish to have a professional portrait taken, Kim Photography will be set up and available immediately following the commencement ceremony in the Exhibition Hall. You will also turn in your gown and hood, if applicable, in the Exhibition Hall.

Disability Access

We strive to make the ceremony comfortable and accessible for all graduates and guests. The Mid-America Center is accessible, however, an early arrival is recommended as seats are available to individuals with a disability on a first come, first served basis.

The south entrance of the Mid-America Center is an optimum location to let individuals off who have mobility limitations. All guest entrances to the convention center are fully accessible, featuring power assist doors.

Guests with mobility limitations are welcome to utilize the elevator or escalator to the general seating areas on the second floor. Wheelchair accessible seating is available in the general seating areas on a first come, first served basis.

Wheelchair accessible seating is available in the general seating areas on a first come, first served basis.

Services for Guests who are Deaf or hard of hearing

The University’s commencement exercises will include American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation.

Services for Guests with Visual Disabilities

Large print commencement programs will be available in the front lobby and from all Disability Services staff and volunteers.

Staff Assistance

Disability Services staff and volunteers are available to assist guests to accessible seating. The team will be wearing name badges to identify themselves. Staff will be available at the south entrance near the elevators and escalators as well as on the second floor to assist guests.

Wheelchairs for Guests

Bellevue University is not equipped to provide wheelchairs. The Mid-America Center may have wheelchairs available for guest use. For more information, please contact the Mid-America Center at 712-323-0536.

Online Viewing

Our commencement ceremony is available for live viewing via the web for those unable to attend at bellevue.edu/thebigday. Live viewing begins at 8 AM on Saturday, January 31, 2015.

Commencement ceremony DVDs will be available for purchase approximately three to five weeks after the ceremony. Each DVD costs $8 plus shipping and handling. To order a DVD, please log in to BRUIN, and fill out the Commencement Video Order Form under Student Resources.

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