Saturday, December 17, 2022
- 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 (pdf) for parking options
- Tickets are not required. There is no limit on the amount of guests a student can bring.
- Students are required to RSVP through MyUI.
Degree application deadlines
- August 2022 graduates: June 10, 2022*
- December 2022 graduates: September 30, 2022
- Spring 2023 graduates: February 24, 2023
* There is no summer ceremony. If you are interested in participating in a ceremony but are a summer graduate, see this page for instructions.
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. Students are advised to avoid high heels, because floors may be slippery 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.
December ceremony details
Arrival and Line-up
The ceremony will take place at Hancher Auditorium, 141 East Park Road.
Doors will open at 12:00pm. Graduates should arrive no later than 12:15pm and proceed to check-in at the Strauss Rehearsal Hall on the ground floor to pick up your name card. After check-in, you will be able to re-connect with your guests in the lobby, but you will be asked to gather again in Strauss Rehearsal Hall to line up at around 12:40. You may line-up in the order you choose; line-up does not need to be alphabetical.
At 1:00pm, graduates will process from Strauss Rehearsal Hall through the auditorium and onto the Hancher main stage, where they will take their seats.
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 scan your card so that your name appears on the live streaming broadcast of the ceremony. Then, you will hand your card to a college representative who will read your name as you proceed across the stage to shake hands with officials, and exit the stage to have your photo taken.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, your marshal will dismiss each row in an orderly manner. You will proceed through the auditorium in the same way you entered. You can rejoin your guests in the lobby.
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.
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. This photo name card will be handed to the reader as each student is recognized on stage. Students should check for accuracy.
Complimentary proofs will be mailed and emailed to the graduates within 10 days of the ceremony.
Information for guests
Seats are not reserved and tickets are not required.
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 (pdf) for guests with physical disabilities and limited mobility.
For the December ceremony at Hancher Auditorium, see the parking map (pdf) for locations of accessible parking.