May 2016 MBA Commencement

Friday, May 13

10:00 a.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.

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: If you will complete your degree requirements with Spring or Spring intersession classes, make sure you are applying for the Spring 2016 degree date in the first drop-down menu. If you will complete with Summer classes, choose the Summer 2016 degree date from the drop-down.

Graduate applications for Spring graduates are due by February 26. Graduate applications for Summer graduates are due by April 1. Any applications received after that date will incur a $20 late charge.


A brunch to honor the graduates will be held in the Coralville Marriott Coral Ballroom immediately following the commencement ceremony. The brunch is complimentary for the graduate and one guest. Additional guests may attend at a cost of $23.50 per adult, $12.50 for children ages 6-12, and $10.50 for children age 5 and under. (there is no charge for toddlers and babies who will not be eating).


The MBA Commencement Ceremony is open to the public. Doors to the Coralville Marriott Convention Center will open at 9:00 a.m. Guest seats are not reserved and tickets are not required for the ceremony. No backpacks or large bags are allowed. The Marriott reserves the right to inspect any bag or package brought into the building.

Graduates planning to participate in the ceremony who need special accommodations for themselves or their guests should call the School of Management (319-335-1040) by April 15 to make appropriate arrangements.


Caps and Gowns

All graduates who participate in the Commencement Ceremony are required to wear a cap, MBA gown, and black tassel. MBA gowns are easily distinguished by their long draping sleeves (see photos).

Caps and gowns may be purchased in person or ordered via telephone or mail order from the Iowa Hawk Shop. Please be sure to emphasize that you wish to order the MBA (not undergraduate) gown and tassel (black). Do not purchase cords.

The price of the cap, gown, and tassel is $25.50. If purchased separately, the price for each item is as follows:

Cap: $3.75
Tassel: $2.75
Gown: $19.00

The Iowa Hawk Shop accepts cash, check, Visa, and MasterCard and will have inventory beginning approximately 2 weeks prior to the ceremonies. Check the Registrar's website for information on specific dates. We strongly suggest that you pick your apparel up in person and that you do not wait until the day before the event.

The Hawk Shop is on the Ground Floor of the Iowa Memorial Union, and is open during the following hours:

Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, 9a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, Noon - 4 p.m.

Phone or Mail Orders
Graduates may choose to place an apparel order via phone or mail between April 25 and May 8. Caps and gowns may be shipped directly to the graduate for an additional shipping fee. Those who choose not to have their academic apparel shipped to them must pick up their order at the Iowa Hawk Shop by May 6. (Please note that it is often necessary for graduates to press their gowns.)

Phone orders may be placed by calling 319-337-8662 or 1-800-429-5746.

To order by mail, please send a personal check (payable to "Iowa Hawk Shop") to:

Iowa Hawk Shop
Iowa Memorial Union
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242

If you are an Iowa resident, please add 7% sales tax. Include a note stating your height and degree to be received (MBA), as well as whether you would like your apparel shipped, or you plan on picking it up the day of the event.

Celebration Details

Dress at Commencement

Graduates should plan to obtain their commencement apparel early so that the gown can be pressed with a cool iron or allowed to hang in order to remove wrinkles.

Men are expected to wear ties. Jackets are not required. Flowers may not be worn on gowns. No backpacks or purses are to be taken on stage. Graduates are encouraged to leave any jackets, purses, or other personal items with their family members prior to checking in, as the check-in area will not be staffed during the ceremony.

All cell phones/pagers should be turned off. Caps are to be worn with the mortarboard horizontal and the tassel on the left. They should be worn during the Processional, while degrees are being conferred, and during the Recessional. They may be removed at other times.

Arrival Time

Please arrive at the ceremony with cap and gown in hand. All candidates for degree should be assembled in the Coralville Marriott lobby by 9:15 a.m.. Arriving earlier will give you time for photos with family and friends, and there also will be less traffic congestion.

Upon Arrival

Check-in will be arranged alphabetically, by last name, at tables arranged at the Marriott. You will be given a nametag and your name card. Please wear the nametag on your clothing (not the graduation robe) and prepare to line up in alphabetical order.

Candidates for degree will be seated in alphabetical order to facilitate the distribution of diplomas. To assist with the announcement of names, please see that your name is spelled phonetically on the name card. Keep the name card with you until you hand it to the announcer as you are recognized onstage.


The program will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. with a processional of the graduates led by the Platform Committee. Commencement programs will be available on your chair; therefore, you do not need to carry one with you to the ceremony. The ceremony will begin with a welcome from Dean David Frasier, followed by the Commencement Address, the Conferral of Degrees, and the Presentation of Graduates.

For the Presentation of Graduates, the candidates will be invited to come to the front of the stage to be recognized individually. Take your name card with you, hand it to the person reading names at the microphone, and walk briskly to the center stage to shake hands with the University official and Dean Gardial. Continue across the stage to receive your diploma from Dean Frasier. You will then walk completely backstage to have your posed graduation photo taken. Following the posed photo, you will return to the opposite end of your original row of seats, cross to your chair and be seated.

Following the closing remarks, graduates will be asked to stand. The Platform Committee will then lead the recessional to the Marriott lobby. The ceremony is expected to last one hour.


Diploma covers will be distributed during the ceremony and actual diplomas will be sent out by the Registrar’s Office once final grades are processed, and will be received 8-10 weeks after graduation.

Students who have incomplete course work or who have not met other requirements for 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 any financial indebtedness to The University of Iowa.

Online viewing and UITV broadcasts

Guests unable to attend the ceremony but wishing to watch their graduate participate may view a live video stream. An archived video of the ceremony will be posted online via the UI YouTube website within 24 hours. The ceremony also will be rebroadcast on UITV within 24 hours of the event.

Announcements and Photographs


Traditional announcements are now on sale at the Alumni Association, 2nd floor, Levitt Center from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on weekdays. New and graduating senior members of the Alumni Association receive ten free announcements. Visit or call 335-3294 to join.

Personalized announcements can be specifically designed with The University of Iowa's school's crest and personalized with your name, degree, major, time, date, and place of your ceremony. Orders may be placed by calling (800) 837-4235 or visiting ( Be sure to indicate your interest in ordering School of Management (MBA) announcements, not "Graduate College" or "College of Business" announcements. Please plan on a two-week delivery and order accordingly.

Class Rings

Class rings and diploma frames can be ordered through the Iowa Hawk Shop.


Professional photographers from Flash Photography will be taking two photos of each candidate at the ceremonies: a more formal, "posed" photo and a "candid" photo taken while shaking hands with a University official.

When you purchase your cap and gown you will be asked to complete a photographer name card. This name card is used by the photographers to identify you and match to your photos taken at commencement. To receive complimentary proofs, please be sure to complete the address information on the back of the name card. Iowa Hawk Shop personnel will complete this information for mail-in orders. Students should check for accuracy. Complimentary proofs will be mailed and emailed to the graduates within ten days of the ceremony. If you have any questions, please contact Flash Photography via their website at


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, May 13.

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 May 1 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.