May 2017 commencement events

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Commencement ceremony:

  • 5 p.m. at Carver Hawkeye Arena
  • Doors will open at 4 p.m. Graduates should arrive no later than 4:15 p.m. and proceed to check-in to pick up their name cards.
  • A reception will be held on the ground floor of the Pappajohn Business Building from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.


The ceremony will be streamed live, 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 2017 commencement events

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Commencement ceremony:

  • 1 p.m. at Hancher Auditorium
  • Doors will open at 12 p.m. Graduates should arrive no later than 12:15 p.m and proceed to the check-in to pick up their name cards.
  • A reception will follow the ceremony.

Degree Application Deadlines

  • Spring 2017: February 24, 2017 
  • August 2017: June 9, 2017*

* There is no summer ceremony. Students may participate in the May or December ceremony by completing the Early/Late Participation Request Form at least three weeks prior to the ceremony.    

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.


Traditional announcements may be purchased at the Levitt Center from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on weekdays. New and graduating senior members of the Alumni Association receive 10 free announcements—call 319-335-3294 to join.

You may also 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


At 4:30 p.m., you'll be asked to line up for the processional with students in your section of the alphabet. The ceremony will begin with the processional promptly at 5:00 p.m. where Tippie marshals will lead you to your seat.


The ceremony begins with a welcome and introduction of the platform, comments from an invited speaker, and conferral of degrees. Next, the marshals will direct graduates to come to the stage one row at a time and you will hand your name card to a college representative who will read your name, then proceed across the stage to shake hands with officials, and exit the stage.


At the conclusion of the ceremony, your marshal will dismiss each row in an orderly manner. You will proceed out of the auditorium and rejoin your guests in the lobby.


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.  See also parking and seating information for guests with physical disabilities and limited mobility.  


Professional photographers from Flash Photography will be taking two photos of each candidate: a more formal, "posed" photo taken prior to being recognized onstage 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 your student is recognized on stage. University Book Store personnel will complete this information for mail-in orders. Students should check for accuracy.

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