December 2015 MBA Graduation Celebration

Friday, December 18

4:30 p.m.
Coralville Marriott Hotel and Convention Center

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation from the Henry B. Tippie School of Management! This is truly a notable accomplishment, and we hope you will join us in celebrating your success.

RSVPs are required. Please use the online RSVP form to reply by December 1, so that we may be expecting you!

Apply for Your Degree

In order to receive your diploma and have your degree officially conferred, you must complete the Application for Degree:

  • Log into ISIS and click on "Student Records" in the top menu
  • In the right column under "Student Life Management," click on "Degree Application"
  • Follow the steps to complete the application. NOTE: Make sure you are applying for the Fall 2015 degree date in the first drop-down menu.

You must apply by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 2.

Admission & Attire

The MBA December Graduation Celebration is not open to the public. Seats are reserved and tickets are required for the event. Graduates will not wear caps and gowns for the December Celebration. Professional attire is expected.

As always, December graduates are welcome to also participate in the formal Commencement Ceremony held on May 13, 2016. No tickets or special seating arrangements are required for this event. Caps and gowns are mandatory attire for graduates who participate in the May ceremony.

Graduation Announcements

Graduates who are interested in purchasing traditional announcements may contact the Alumni Association between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on weekdays at 319-335-3294. Personalized announcements can be specifically designed with The University of Iowa school crest and personalized with your name, degree, major, time, date, and place of your ceremony. For personalized announcements go to Be sure to request "School of Management" announcements specifically.

Celebration Details

Graduates and their guests are invited to arrive at the Coral Ballroom beginning at 4:30 p.m. to check in and enjoy a reception before dinner. At check-in, graduates will receive a nametag and dinner tickets. At 5:00 p.m. graduates will be assisted in lining up alphabetically in the hallway, in preparation for the processional into the ballroom promptly at 5:15.

The Tippie MBA Graduation Celebration is a combined program and sit-down dinner event. At the beginning of the Celebration, graduates are seated together near the stage to hear the commencement speakers and to be introduced, walk across the stage, shake hands with the Dean, and receive their diplomas. Guests are seated at round dinner tables during the program, and graduates join their families and guests for dinner following the program. While most graduates and their guests participate in the entire program and dinner event, you may choose to attend the program only. Guests who will not be staying for the entire event are seated in rows at the back of the banquet room during the graduation program.

Dinner is complimentary for the graduate and one adult guest. Additional guests may attend at a cost of $31 per person for adults, and $15 for children under 12 years of age.

The ceremony will begin with a welcome from Associate Dean David Frasier, followed by the Keynote Address and the Presentation of the Graduates. Once the ceremony is completed, graduates will be dismissed to sit with their guests. Dinner will then be served.


Diplomas will be mailed out by the Registrar's Office after final grades have been recorded. They will be sent approximately 8-10 weeks after graduation and will be mailed to the address you indicated as your "diploma mailing address" on your application to graduate.

Students who have incomplete course work or who have not met other requirements for the degree will not receive their diploma until the deficient course work has been completed. The final academic, or credentialing, document (i.e. official transcript), will not be released if there is a financial indebtedness to The University of Iowa.


Overnight Accommodations

Out-of-town graduates who are interested in an overnight stay in Iowa City are welcome to book a room at the Coralville Marriott for the evening of Friday, December 18. Those interested in booking a room at the Marriott should use the following link for the special event rate of $93 per night:

Special Accommodations

The School of Management is happy to assist graduates who need special accommodations, or who may have guests needing special accommodations. Please call Tara Reiter-Marolf at the School of Management office at 1-800-622-4692 by December 11 to arrange for special parking, seating, dietary needs, etc.


The Coralville Marriott is located at 300 East 9th Street in Coralville, IA (see map).

Directions from I-80: Take Exit 242. Travel south on 1st Avenue. Turn left onto 9th Street. Parking is available in the city parking ramp next to the Marriott. Cost is $8/day or $ .75/hour.