Des Moines University's 117th

Commencement Ceremony

May 26, 2017 at 10 a.m.

Ceremony Venue

Hy-Vee Hall

730 3rd Street
Des Moines, IA 50309
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Tickets are not issued for this event. Graduates may invite as many guests as they please.

Additional Information

Information for Graduates – Speaker – Parking – Children and Special Needs


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Commencement Week Schedule

This schedule is tentative. The University reserves the right to make adjustments, as necessary, based on attendance or room availability.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

8-NoonBLS training (optional)Olsen Center
9-3:30 P.M.COM Clinical Affairs Open House/Residency Match CelebrationAcademic Center 123
3-4:30 p.m.So, now what? Managing your student loans during the transition from DMU to your career.
Mandatory for DPT and MSPA graduates. MHA, MPH, MSA, MSBS, PPDPT graduates welcome to attend.
SEC Auditorium
Evening Class events scheduled and planned by class officers 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

7:30-8 a.m.Continental Breakfast and Registration for Commencement ActivitiesSEC
8-8:30 a.m.Computer transfer of ownership
Mandatory for DO, DPM, DPT (Professional), and MSPA graduates.
SEC Auditorium
8:30-9 a.m. Ceremonial Overview
Mandatory for DO, DPM, DPT (Professional), and MSPA graduates. Graduates in other programs are welcome to attend.

SEC Auditorium
9-10:30 a.m.So now what? Managing your student loans during the transition from DMU to your internship/residency
Mandatory for DO and DPM graduates.
SEC Auditorium
10:30-10:45 a.m.Benefits of the Alumni AssociationSEC Auditorium
11-NoonDO Program Award CeremonySEC Auditorium
DPM Program Award CeremonyLecture Hall 1
DPT Program Award CeremonyRuza Lecture Hall 2
MHA and MPH Program Award CeremonySEC Student Lounge
Noon-1:30 p.m.Campus PicnicSouth courtyard and lawn
1:30-2:30 p.m.Military promotion ceremony and reception
All welcome to attend. No special attire for guests; military graduates being honored should attend in uniform.
Lecture Hall 2
2:30-4:30 p.m.CPMS Clinical Affairs survey and conferencesLecture Hall 1

Friday, May 26, 2017

8:30 a.m.Doors openIowa Events Center
Hy-Vee Hall
9:15 a.m.Graduates expected to arrive
10 a.m.Commencement Ceremony


Steven A. Wartman, M.D., Ph.D., MACP

In July 2005, Dr. Wartman became the 3rd President of the Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC), a non-profit association based in Washington, DC that seeks to advance health and well-being through the vigorous leadership of the multifaceted institutions that educate the next generation of health professionals, conduct cutting edge biomedical and clinical research, and offer comprehensive patient care from the basic to the most advanced levels. Prior to assuming this position, he was Executive Vice President for Academic and Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Dr. Wartman’s more than 25 year career in academic medicine includes chairing a department of medicine at two institutions and being the founding director of a division of general internal medicine... Read Full Bio

Steven A. Wartman, M.D., Ph.D., MACP

Information for Graduates

Additional Ceremony Details


City parking garages are located throughout downtown with convenient skywalk access to the Iowa Events Center. Payment for city garages is collected each time you enter the garage. The City of Des Moines has a downtown parking signage system to give up to the minute details on where parking is available in the garages. Cost varies depending on the garage.

  • 8th & Mulberry Parking Garage
    750 Mulberry St., 843 Vehicle capacity
  • 5th & Keo Parking Garage
    525 - 5th Ave, 620 Vehicle capacity
  • 4th & Grand Parking Garage
    400 Grand Ave. 1080 Vehicle capacity
  • 3rd & Court Parking Garage
    210 - 2nd Ave, 609 Vehicle capacity
  • 5th & Walnut Parking Garage
    225 - 5th Ave. 620 Vehicle capacity
  • 7th & Grand Parking Garage
    665 Grand Ave. 570 Vehicle capacity
  • 9th & Locust Parking Garage
    801 Locust St, 1130 Vehicle capacity

ADA accessible parking is available at the Iowa Events Center/Hy-Vee Hall by entering the lot south of Crocker Street, next to the Convention Center (formerly Veterans Auditorium). You will also find ADA accessible parking on the third level of the Fifth Avenue and Keo Way parking ramp. Hy-Vee Hall does not provide wheelchairs so please provide your own for family members who need assistance.

Maps of the downtown area are accessible at



Children are welcome to attend the Commencement ceremony. DMU provides a supervised play area for children so they will have access to toys, colors and coloring books and videos. Please note: Children must be accompanied by an adult relative at all times.

Special needs

Hy-Vee Hall is fully accessible for individuals with special needs. Guests with limited mobility are advised to bring a wheelchair - wheelchairs are not provided by DMU or Hy-Vee Hall.

Seating Requests: For special seating requests for guests with sight or hearing challenges, please contact the Office of Student Life by emailing


A drop-off location for guests with limited mobility will be on 3rd Street, in between Crocker and Center Streets. This will allow the passenger side door to open to the Hy-Vee Hall entrance.

Parking: Guests with Handicap Parking Permits are advised to park in the small lot in front of Iowa Events Center (surface lot directly north of the Convention Center (formerly Veterans Auditorium). Parking charges ($8) must be paid in cash.