MBA Commencement

In accordance with the University and our commitment to mitigating the risk to public health regarding the COVID-19 situation, the traditional, in-person Iowa MBA commencement ceremony this spring has been replaced with a virtual commencement ceremony that will be livestreamed on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

Please know that we do recognize the disappointment of those anticipating an in-person ceremony. However, we do anticipate that those interested will be able to take part in an in-person ceremony in the future. More information on the now virtual Spring 2021 Iowa MBA Commencement Ceremony is below.

Date & Time

Spring 2021 Iowa MBA Commencement Ceremony (Virtual)
Saturday, May 22, 2021
10:00 a.m.

The Spring 2021 Iowa MBA Commencement Ceremony RSVP and photo submission deadline is Thursday, April 22nd at 11:59pm. 

To RSVP for the Spring 2021 Iowa MBA Commencement Ceremony (Virtual):

  1. On the MyUI homepage, select the “Degrees/Graduation” tile in “Student Information” section.
  2. Under the “Graduation” section, select “Commencement Attendance”.
  3. Click on “RSVP” next to the Iowa MBA Commencement Ceremony and follow the prompts.
    •  You will need to confirm your name and participation intention.
    • If you RSVP "Yes", you will have the option to upload a photo to be used on your individual recognition slide.
      • Photos will be approved by commencement coordinators.
      • Your finalized individual recognition slide will be available for download approximately two weeks prior to the ceremony.
    • If you RSVP "No", your individual recognition slide will not be displayed, and your name will not be read during the virtual commencement ceremony.
      • Your finalized individual recognition slide with no picture will still be available to download approximately two weeks prior to the ceremony.
    • Be sure to finish the RSVP process in one sitting and save your responses.

Apply for your degree:

Professional MBA students

For your degree completion and conferral to be recognized, you must apply to graduate via MyUI.

Executive MBA Students

You do not need to apply to graduate, as the Executive MBA Administration handles this process for you.

All MBA Students

Your MBA degree will be conferred based upon when you complete your degree requirements and the required degree application date within MyUI.

Regarding degree application deadlines, please reference the following chart:

Degree Requirements Completion Term
Degree Conferral Date
Degree Application Deadline
Fall/Fall Intersession 2020 December 2020 October 2, 2020
Fall GLO (January travel) 2020 May 2021 February 26, 2021
Winter 2020 May 2021 February 26, 2021
Spring/Spring Intersession 2021 May 2021 February 26, 2021
Spring GLO (May travel) 2021 May 2021 February 26, 2021
Summer 2021 August 2021

February 26, 2021 (May commencement participation)   

June 11, 2021 (No May commencement participation)

Specific steps, depending upon your course completion date and programs-of-study, are provided below.

Students Completing MBA Graduation Requirements 
  • Log into MyUI and click on "Student Information" in the top menu
  • In the right column under "Student Life Management," click on "Degree Application"
  • Follow the steps to complete the application 
  • Apply for the appropriate degree date in the drop-down menu  
  • Please note the University Office of the Registrar will assess a $20 late application fee if the application is received after stated deadlines. The Office of Registrar will also require a new application if you do not graduate (complete the degree requirements) in the semester in which you apply.  Any applicable late fees will be assessed for the new application.
Students Completing a Combined MBA Degree and Certificate 
  • If you are also admitted to a professional certificate program (analytics, leadership, marketing, finance) and will be completing the certificate in the same semester as the MBA, be sure to apply for both your MBA and certificate award in MyUI.
  • Please note that you must be admitted to the certificate program before you can apply to have the certificate awarded.  If you are working toward a leadership, marketing, or finance certificate yet have not applied for certificate admission, apply through the Tippie Application Portal no later than the semester prior to the semester you plan to graduate so the certificate can be added as a program-of-study to your academic record in MyUI.  Example:  If you want the certificate awarded in Summer 2021, you must apply to be admitted to the certificate during or before Spring 2021.
  • If you wish to have the certificate awarded but will not have completed the MBA requirements to graduate in the same semester, please email your request to to arrange for the certificate to be awarded.
  • The policies and requirements for being admitted to the Business Analytics certificate are different from those of the professional certificates. To receive a Business Analytics certificate, you must have been admitted to the program prior to the start of the fourth analytics course.  You may not apply to this certificate retroactively (after all your certificate courses are completed). For questions on Business Analytics certificate application policies, please contact
  • Apply for your degree by 11:59 pm on the published deadline (see matrix above).
    • You may apply for your degree as early as the beginning of the semester preceding your degree conferral. 
    • Example: Summer 2021 graduates can apply for their degree as soon as the first day of the Spring 2021 semester. 

If you have questions as to whether you have met the requirements to graduate, please reach out to your site directors for academic advising or assistance. If you have questions on the Apply for Graduation process, please contact Valerie Glanz, Assistant Director Registrar Services, at

Spring Virtual Ceremony Details

The virtual commencement ceremony will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 22, 2021.

The event will be livestreamed using an embedded link on the Iowa MBA Virtual Commencement Ceremony page. Please ensure that your technology setup is ready prior to the start time in order to enjoy the entirety of the event. After the conclusion of the livestream, the video will be uploaded to the University of Iowa YouTube Channel.


With the event being livestreamed, no reservations are required.

All who would like to positively celebrate our graduates are encouraged to view the event.

Please contact Raven McMurrin at with any questions.


The virtual program will begin with a formal introduction along with messages from University of Iowa administration and College of Business personnel. Following a brief commencement address, the conferral of degrees and presenting of graduates will take place.

For the presentation of graduates, each candidate will have their name read while a corresponding slide with their name, degree, and professional picture is displayed. (Please note that the graduate must have RSVP’d to have their name read and a slide included. In addition, graduates must have provided an approved professional picture in order for it to be displayed on the slide.)

To conclude the celebration, well wishes by various individuals, closing remarks by College of Business personnel, and a final congratulations will be offered.

Commencement Apparel (Regalia)

Though not required, graduates may purchase the following graduation regalia:

  • University of Iowa Masters Gown
  • Graduation Mortar Board Cap
  • MBA Hood
  • MBA Tassel

**NOTE: Executive MBA graduates do NOT need to purchase regalia. Your program administrator will distribute your apparel.

To purchase the items listed above, complete the following steps:

  • Go to
  • Click on the dropdown menu at the top left of the homepage and select “Graduation” from the drop down menu list 
  • Select the regalia items listed above and add them to your cart. Please note:
    • Caps have elastic backs and fit most people.
    • You will need to know your height and weight when ordering a gown. 
  • Once the desired items are in your cart, select Checkout after clicking on the bag icon in upper left of the page
    • Follow necessary prompts to complete the transaction.
    • Virtual Grad Fair Discount (April 6th - April 8th only): Use the code 2021GRAD to receive a 20% discount at checkout.

Due to the commitment to the safety of their employees and customers, be aware that shipping delays may occur as the Hawk Shop takes all necessary precautions to ship packages safely.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Hawk Shop at (319) 335-3179.

Commencement Dress (Graduates)

For the virtual ceremony, please feel free to enjoy the event in the attire you wish whether it is casual dress or your full commencement regalia!


Diplomas will be sent out by the Office of the Registrar once final grades are processed. University of Iowa graduates with no outstanding University charges will receive one 8.5" x 11" diploma, per degree earned. Diplomas for new graduates will be sent to the students' Diploma Mailing Address approximately 6 weeks after graduation. If students do not list a Diploma Mailing Address, the diploma will be mailed to the Residing Address they list on MyUI at the end of their graduating session.

Ceremonial Program

A full University of Iowa Commencement program, which lists all spring graduates from across the University will be available in PDF format on the Commencement Programs page.

The University of Iowa is committed to integrating sustainable practices into all University programs and activities while ensuring a memorable and positive experience at every event. 

Online viewing and UITV broadcasts

Guests who are unable to attend the ceremony but wish to watch their graduate participate may view a live video stream on the IowaNow website. For those unable to watch in real time, an archived video of the ceremony will be posted online via the UI YouTube website within 24 hours. In addition, there will be a rebroadcast on UITV within 24 hours of the ceremony.


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 online or by calling 800-837-4235. Please plan on a two-week delivery window and order accordingly.

Class rings

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