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MBA commencement

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 MyUI 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 2017 degree date in the first drop-down menu. If you will complete with summer classes, choose the summer 2017 degree date from the drop-down.

Any applications received after that date will incur a $20 late charge.

This information is not applicable to HK and CIMBA MBA students. For more information, contact the program director.

Admission

The MBA commencement ceremony is open to the public. 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 319-335-1040 to make appropriate arrangements.

Celebration details

Brunch

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.)

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.

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 assemble in the Coralville Marriott. 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 on stage.

Program

The program will begin 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.

Diplomas

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 coursework or who have not met other requirements for degree will not receive their diploma until the deficient coursework 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 ceremony.

Apparel

Caps and gowns

All graduates who participate in the commencement ceremony are required to wear a cap, MBA gown, and black tassel. Caps and gowns may be purchased in person or ordered via telephone or mail order from the Iowa Hawk ShopPlease be sure to emphasize that you wish to order the MBA (not undergraduate) gown and tassel (black).

The price of the cap, gown, and tassel is $25.50. You can purchase these items separately. The Iowa Hawk Shop begins selling apparel 2 weeks prior to the ceremonies. Check the Registrar's Office website for information on specific dates.

Accommodations

Overnight stays

Out-of-town graduates who are interested in an overnight stay in Iowa City are welcome to book a room at the Coralville Marriott.

Special accommodations

The college is happy to assist graduates who need special accommodations or who may have guests needing special accommodations. Please call 800-MBA-IOWA by May 1 to arrange for special parking, seating, dietary needs, etc.

Announcements and photographs

Announcements

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 10 free announcements. Visit or call 319-335-3294 to join. Personalized announcements can be specifically designed with the University of Iowa's school 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 online. 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.

Photographs

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. To receive complimentary proofs, please be sure to complete the address information on the back of the name card. Students should check for accuracy. Complimentary proofs will be mailed and emailed to the graduates within 10 days of the ceremony. If you have any questions, please contact Flash Photography via their website at flashphotography.com.