December 2021 commencement events

Saturday, December 18, 2021 

  • 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 line up. 
  • Tickets are not required.  There is no limit on the amount of guests a student can bring. 
  • Parking will be available free of charge on the day.  Visit the parking map for parking options. 
  • Students are required to RSVP through MyUI by Sunday, November 21st at 11:59pm.  

May 2022 commencement events

Saturday, May 14th, 2022

  • Commencement Ceremony at 5pm.  More details to follow. 

Degree Application Deadlines

  • December 2021 graduates: October 1st, 2021
  • May 2022 graduates: February 25th, 2022
  • August 2022 graduates: June 10th, 2022*

* 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 accessible parking.