May 2018 commencement events

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Commencement ceremony:

  • 5:00 p.m. at Carver Hawkeye Arena
  • Doors will open at 4:00 p.m. Graduates should arrive no later than 4:15 p.m. and proceed to check-in (organized alphabetically by last name) to pick up their name cards. See check-in and seating map.
  • A reception will be held before the ceremony from 1:30 - 2:30 in the Pappajohn Business Building.  


The ceremony will be streamed live on the IowaNow website, and an archival video will be posted shortly after the ceremony concludes. The ceremony also will be broadcast live on UITV (Mediacom cable channel 17 in the Iowa City area).

December 2018 commencement events

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Commencement ceremony:

  • 1:00 p.m. at Hancher Auditorium
  • Doors will open at 12:00 p.m. Graduates should arrive no later than 12:15 p.m. and proceed to the check-in at the Strauss Rehearsal Hall to pick up their name cards.
  • Parking will be available free of charge on the day.  Visit the parking map for parking options

    Degree Application Deadlines

    • May graduates: February 23, 2018
    • August graduates: June 8, 2018*
    • December 2018 graduates: tbd

    * There is no summer ceremony. Students may request to participate in the May or December ceremony by emailing

    Information for graduates

    Tickets for the commencement ceremony are not required.


    All graduates must wear a cap and gown, which will be available at the University Bookstore, Iowa Memorial Union, during regular business hours, three weeks before the ceremony. Men are expected to wear shirts and ties; jackets are not required. Women are advised to avoid high heels, because floors may be slippery in the lobby when crossing the stage. Flowers should not be worn with caps and gowns or carried into the auditorium. 

    Beta Gamma Sigma members and Tippie Honors graduates will wear honors cords with their academic attire. Cords can be picked up in the Undergraduate Program Office, C140 PBB.


    You may purchase personalized announcements specifically designed with the University of Iowa's school crest and customized with your name, degree, major, time, date, and place of the ceremony.  

    May ceremony details


    Upon arrival, you will locate your check-in table (organized according to last name).  There you will pick up your name card, which you will carry with you to the stage.   At 4:40 p.m. you'll be asked to line up for the processional in the same area where you picked up your name card.  Line up is organized in alphabetical groupings.  The ceremony will begin with the processional promptly at 5:00 p.m. where Tippie marshals will lead you down the arena stairs to seats on the court.


    The ceremony begins with a welcome and introduction of the platform officials, comments from an invited speaker, comments from the student speaker, and conferral of degrees. Next, the marshals will direct graduates to walk across the stage. You will hand your name card to a college representative who will scan your card so that your name appears on the large arena screens.  Then, you will hand your card to another college representative who will read your name as you proceed across the stage to shake hands with officials, and exit the stage to pick up your diploma cover and have your photo taken.  


    At the conclusion of the ceremony, your marshal will dismiss each row in an orderly manner. You will proceed up the arena stairs and rejoin your guests on the main concourse.


    Professional photographers will be taking two photos of each candidate at the ceremonies: a more formal "posed" photo taken prior to being recognized on stage and a "candid" photo taken while shaking hands with a university official.

    To receive a complimentary proof (with no obligation to purchase), students must complete the address information on the back of the name card, which is filled out when purchasing their cap and gown. This photo name card will be handed to the reader as each student is recognized on stage. University Book Store personnel will complete this information for mail-in orders. Students should check for accuracy. Complimentary proofs will be mailed and emailed to the graduates within 10 days of the ceremony.


    You will receive a complimentary diploma cover the day of the ceremony. Diplomas will be mailed to your residing address after a final audit confirms that all requirements have been met. Participation in the ceremony is not a validation of graduation.

    Information for guests

    Seats are not reserved and tickets are not required.

    Food and lodging information

    Special needs

    A sign language interpreter will be on-stage to interpret the ceremony. 

    For the May ceremony at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, see parking and seating information for guests with physical disabilities and limited mobility.  

    For the December ceremony at Hancher Auditorium, see the parking map for locations of handicapped parking.