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 MBA commencement ceremony this fall has been replaced with a virtual commencement ceremony that will be livestreamed on Saturday, December 19, 2020.

Those with a completed Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Summer 2020, and Fall 2020 degree application on file and a submitted RSVP confirmation may participate in the virtual ceremony this fall. Please know that we do recognize the disappointment of those anticipating an in-person ceremony especially those who were unable to attend such ceremony last spring. However, we do anticipate that all populations listed above will be able to take part in an in-person ceremony in the future. More information on the now virtual Fall 2020 Iowa MBA Commencement Ceremony is below.

Regarding the status of the Spring 2021 Iowa MBA Commencement Ceremony, it is still currently slated to move forward as planned. However, we are continually monitoring the appropriateness of holding a traditional MBA commencement ceremony at that time. Ultimately, more information will be provided as that ceremony date approaches.

Date & Time

Fall 2020 Iowa MBA Commencement Ceremony (Virtual)
Saturday, December 19, 2020
10:00 a.m.

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


Information regarding the RSVP process for the fall virtual ceremony will be provided at a later date.

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

Fall Virtual Ceremony details

Arrival time

The virtual commencement ceremony will begin promptly at TBD on Saturday, December 19, 2020.

The event will be livestreamed using an embedded link on the Iowa MBA Virtual Commencement Ceremony page. After the conclusion of the livestream, the video will be uploaded to the University of Iowa YouTube Channel.

Please ensure that your technology setup is ready prior to the start time in order to enjoy the entirety of the event.


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 presentation 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.


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

  • Masters gown
  • Mortarboard cap
  • University of Iowa MBA Master Keeper hood
  • Black UI MBA tassel

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

To purchase the items, complete the following steps:

  • Go to
  • Click on the "Grad" tab at the top of the homepage
  • Click on "Cap and Gown" on the Graduation Page
  • Scroll down the page and click on the "Iowa MBA Programs" section
  • Select your items, add them to your cart, and check out. Please note:
    • You will need to know your height to order your gown
    • Caps have elastic backs and fit most people
    • Use the code "2020GRAD" to receive a 20% discount at checkout.
    • All online orders will need to be paid for by credit card at the time of ordering.

Due to the commitment to the safety of their employees and customers, please expect shipping delays of 1 - 2 weeks 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 1-800 Hawkshop (1-800-429-5746).

Dress at commencement

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 summer and fall graduates from across the University will be 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

The event will be livestreamed using an embedded link on the Iowa MBA Virtual Commencement Ceremony page. After the conclusion of the livestream, the video will be uploaded to the University of Iowa YouTube Channel.


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.