MBA commencement

Friday, May 12, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.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 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.
  • Spring 2017 and Summer 2017 grads are invited to participate in spring commencement. December 2016 graduates, even those who participated in the December commencement ceremony, are invited to walk at spring commencement as well.

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.


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 or call 319-335-1040 to make appropriate arrangements.

Celebration details

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 8:15 a.m. Doors open at 7:45 a.m.

Check-in will be arranged alphabetically, by last name. 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.


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.


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.


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 Master’s gowns sell for $25.00, the tassels with year are $5.00 (with seal is $10.00), and the mortar board is $5.00. You can purchase these items separately. The Hawk Shop will sell gowns from March 29/30th to May 7th. Check the Registrar's Office website for information on specific dates.

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. 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.


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. Students should check for accuracy.