MBA commencement

Saturday, May 12, 2018
Ceremony: 1:00 p.m.
Reception: 2:00 p.m.
Hancher Auditorium
141 East Park Road
Iowa City, Iowa

RSVP for graduation

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 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 dropdown menu.

Professional MBA Students Only: If you are 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 a certificate program before you can apply to have the certificate awarded. If you have not done so, 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.

Please note that the University Office of the Registrar will assess a $20 late application fee if the application is received after stated deadlines.

Students completing their degree requirements in Fall and Winter 2017 or Spring and Summer 2018 are invited to participate in the May 2018 commencement ceremony. If you are completing your degree requirements in one of these semesters, you will have the MBA degree conferred in the semester of completion as long as the appropriate degree application is completed in MyUI by the Office of the Registrar’s published deadline.  The exception is that the University of Iowa does not confer degrees following the winter session, so if a winter session course is your last course, your degree will be conferred in the following spring semester.  The chart below may help to guide you:

Term Completed Degree Requirements
Date Degree is Conferred
Degree Application Deadline
Ceremony RSVP Deadline
Fall/Fall Intersession December September 29 April 2
Fall GLO (January travel) May February 23 April 2
Winter May February 23 April 2
Spring/Spring Intersession May February 23 April 2
Spring GLO (May travel) August February 23 if attending ceremony; June 8 if not April 2
Summer August February 23 if attending ceremony; June 8 if not April 2

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


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 or call Mindy Redlinger to make appropriate arrangements.

Ceremony details

Dessert Reception

A light dessert reception to honor the graduates will be held outside the auditorium in the Hancher foyer immediately following the commencement ceremony. The reception is complimentary for graduates and their guests.

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 by 12:15 p.m. Doors open at noon.

Check-in will be arranged alphabetically, by last name. You will be given your name card and your gold cord if you will be graduating with honors.

Candidates for degree will line up and 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.


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 out of the ceremony.

Ordering your ceremonial program:
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. Please note, all graduates have been provided a copy of the Commencement program, and are also available to order.


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 a 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.

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 for details.

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.


If you are attending the Graduation Celebration in Iowa City at Hancher 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

Stop by the Hawk Shop Grad Fair, March 26 – 29, from 10:00AM – 5:00PM. 

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. You will receive 25% off all Hawkeye gear and save up to $200 off the educational pricing of select Apple hardware. As always, Hawk Shop purchases are tax-free.  In-store purchases can be paid for with your student ID, with the exception of technology purchases.

Remote students

Purchase regalia online at beginning March 26th 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 you have any questions, please feel free to call the Hawk Shop at 1-800 Hawkshop.

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. 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.


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. 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.