MBA commencement

Information about May 2019 MBA Commencement will be posted as details are finalized. Please review the following degree application information.

Apply for your degree

If you have not already done so, 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 and the required degree application within MyUI. The exception is that degrees are not conferred following winter session (early January end date); instead, students completing this 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
Summer 2018 August 2018 June 8, 2018
Fall/Fall Intersession 2018 December 2018 September 28, 2018
Fall GLO (January travel) 2018 May 2019 February 22, 2019
Winter 2018 May 2019 February 22, 2019
Spring/Spring Intersession 2019 May 2019 February 22, 2019
Spring GLO (May travel) 2019 May 2019 February 22, 2019 

Please note: 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 2018, spring 2019, and summer 2019 will be invited to the May 2019 ceremony. Details will be forthcoming.

Specific steps depending upon your course completion date are provided below.

Students Completing Graduation Requirements in Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019
  • Apply for your degree by 11:59 p.m. on the published deadline (see table above). You can apply for your degree as early as the first day of the semester preceding your degree conferral. Example: Summer session 2018 graduates can apply for degree as early as the first day of the Spring 2018 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 
  • If you are admitted to a 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 you must be admitted to a certificate program before you can apply to have the certificate awarded. If you have not done so, apply for admission 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. To receive a Business Analytics certificate, you will have had to 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.
  • 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 the 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 Graduation Requirements with the Fall (January) GLO
  • If you are participating in the January GLO as your final class, your degree session will be Spring 2019. Please follow the steps provided above.

Ceremony Details


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.

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.

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.


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.