MBA commencement


Saturday, May 23, 2020
10:00 a.m. – Ceremony
11:00 a.m. – Light reception


Hancher Auditorium
141 Park Road, Iowa City


Apply for your degree:

Professional MBA Students

There are a few steps you will need to take so that we can support your degree completion and conferral. The first step is to apply to graduate via MyUI

Your MBA degree will be conferred based upon when you complete your degree requirements andthe required degree application date within MyUI. The exception is that degrees are not conferred following winter session (with session dates of late December – mid-January); instead, students completing the winter session will have the degree conferred in spring.  The following chart may help to guide you: 

Term Completing Degree Requirements
Date Degree Is Conferred
Degree Application Deadline
Fall/Fall Intersession 2019 December 2019 October 4, 2019
Fall GLO (January travel) 2019 May 2020 February 28, 2020
Winter 2019 May 2020 February 28, 2020
Spring/Spring Intersession 2020 May 2020 February 28, 2020
Spring GLO (May travel) 2020 May 2020 February 28, 2020
Summer 2020 August 2020 February 28 if participating in May commencement - otherwise June 12, 2020
  • The Tippie College of Business Graduate Management Programs holds one annual MBA commencement ceremony in May for all students completing their degree requirements in the respective academic year.  Students completing their degrees in fall 2019, spring 2020, and summer 2020 will be invited to the May 2020 ceremony.  
  • The commencement ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. The ceremony will be held at Hancher Auditorium and will be approximately one hour in length with a dessert reception following commencement for the graduate and family.  Additional details and RSVP information will be sent in early spring to students who have applied to graduate.

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

Students Completing MBA Graduation Requirements in Fall 2019
  • Apply for your degree by 11:59 pm on the published deadline (see matrix above). You can apply for your degree as early as the first day of the semester preceding your degree conferral. Example:  Summer session 2020 graduates can apply for degree as early as the first day of the Spring 2020 semester.
  • 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  
  • Students Enrolled in a Fall GLO (January trip) should NOT apply for a Fall 2019 conferral:  apply for Spring 2020 conferral.
  • 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 Certificate and MBA
  • 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 at 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 Spring 2020, you must apply to be admitted to the certificate during or before Fall 2019.
  • 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

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

Ceremony Details

Arrival Time

Please arrive for the ceremony with cap, hood and gown in hand by 9:00 a.m.

Check-in will be arranged alphabetically by last name. You will be given your name card and if you are graduating with honors you will also receive your gold cord at this time.

Candidates for degrees will line up and be seated in alphabetical order. To assist with the announcement of names, please see that your name is spelled phonetically on the name card. Keep the card with you until you hand it to the announcer as you are recognized on stage.


The MBA commencement ceremony has open seating, but requires reservations. Guest seats are not reserved and tickets are not required for the ceremony.

No backpacks or large bags are allowed. We reserve 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 email Mindy Redlinger at to make appropriate arrangements.


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 the stage front 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(s) and Dean Gardial. Continue across the stage to receive your diploma cover from Dean Frasier.

Following the closing remarks, graduates will be asked to stand and the Platform Committee will then lead the recessional out of the ceremony.

Ordering Your Ceremonial Program

The Tippie College of Business MBA Commencement program with the names of December, May, and August MBA graduates will be available at the May ceremony. All graduates attending the May ceremony will also be provided a copy of the University of Iowa Commencement program which lists all May graduates. December and August graduates can order a copy of their respective University of Iowa commencement programs. Additional University of Iowa May programs can also be ordered. (add link) 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. 

Dessert Reception

A light celebratory reception to honor the graduates will immediately follow the commencement ceremony. The reception is complimentary for graduates and their guests.


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. 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.

If you are unable to attend graduation and would like to receive a diploma cover, please visit the Office of the Registrar's Diplomas page.

Photographs and Name Cards

Professional photographers 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. On the front, it asks that you fill out the phonetic spelling/pronunciation of your name. This is very important to fill out for the announcement of your name during the ceremony. To receive complimentary proofs, please be sure to complete the address information on the back of the name card. After the ceremony you will receive your proofs with the option for purchase, so please fill out your card with accuracy and include your post graduate email and street address.


If you are attending the Graduation Celebration at Hancher on May 23, 2020, you will need to purchase:  Masters gown ($25), cap ($5), black tassel with the University seal ($10) and masters hood ($33).

To obtain regalia, you have two options:

Iowa City area students:  You are invited to stop by the Hawk Shop Grad Fair. (dates to be announced) The Iowa Hawk Shop is located on the ground floor of the Iowa Memorial Union.  Attending the Grad Fair is an opportunity for you to pick up your cap and gown, receive a 20% discount on your diploma frame, and order graduation announcements, class rings, or other jewelry items. Take advantage of your last chance to get educational pricing on Apple computers. As always, Iowa Hawk Shop purchases are tax free! Grad Fair purchases can be paid for with your student ID, with the exception of technology purchases and special orders.

If you live outside of Iowa City: You can purchase regalia online at beginning March 27 and have it shipped for an additional $5.99.  Please select the Grad tab at the top, then select Cap and Gown, and click on the Iowa MBA Programs section.  You will need to know your height to order your gown. Caps have elastic backs and fit most people.  All online orders will need to be paid for by credit card at the time of ordering.

If ordering online: Please make sure you include your first and last name as you want it announced at the ceremony.  If your name is difficult to pronounce, please include the phonetic spelling.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Hawk Shop at 1-800 Hawkshop.

Dress at Commencement

If time allows, gowns should 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.

Online Viewing and UITV Broadcasts

Guests unable to attend the ceremony but wishing to watch their graduate participate may view a live video stream on the IowaNow website. 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.


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.