Commencement: December 18, 2015

The Graduate College holds two commencement ceremonies each year, one in May and one in December. To participate in the ceremony, you must register.

Friday, December 18, 2015 at 7 p.m. at Carver-Hawkeye Arena
Doors to Carver-Hawkeye Arena open at 6:00 p.m.
(Graduates: plan to arrive no later than 6:15 p.m.)

  • For questions regarding the ceremony or apparel for students or faculty, contact
    Graduate College Commencement Coordinator Kathy Klein Gerling via e-mail at kathy-klein@uiowa.edu or by phone at 335-3492.

How Do I Register to Participate?

Doctoral candidates

Doctoral candidates must register online as soon as possible to participate in the December Graduate College commencement ceremony.

Doctoral candidates should check with their advisers to be sure they are available to attend the ceremony to participate in the hooding exercise. If your adviser/dissertation chair is not available, you may ask someone else on your committee to be your faculty hooder.

What Do I Wear?

Brooke HollandDoctoral candidates must wear the University of Iowa custom doctoral apparel, available online from Herff Jones.

Apparel consists of tam w/tassel, doctoral gown, and doctoral hood and will cost $80.95 plus tax. Arrangements for apparel should be made online no later than Friday, November 13, 2015. If students need assistance on how to order, degree candidates may contact Herff Jones (kmortinsonoffice@me.com, (952) 447-4449) or Kathy Klein Gerling. Students ordering after November 13, 2015 will be charged a late fee.

Orders will be available for pickup at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Thursday, December 17 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Friday, December 18 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. For apparel pick up, you must use the main entrance on the northwest corner of Carver-Hawkeye Arena, which is located on the north end of Lot 46.

Master’s candidates

Master’s candidates must register online as soon as to participate in the Graduate College commencement ceremony.

What do I wear?

Kari SantosMaster’s candidates are required to wear the University of Iowa Master’s custom rental apparel consisting of a custom Master’s gown, mortar board, tassel, and Master’s hood. Master’s candidates will no longer be wearing the cords as in past ceremonies. Master’s hoods will be worn instead.

Apparel rental is $59.25 plus tax and must be made online from Herff Jones.

Please arrange to rent your apparel no later than Thursday, November 13, 2015. Apparel rented after that date will be subject to a late fee.

Apparel may be picked up on December 17 and 18 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. For apparel pick up, you must use the main entrance on the northwest corner of Carver-Hawkeye Arena, which is located on the north end of Lot 46.

Faculty

Faculty rental apparel must be ordered online by Friday, November 13, 2015 from Herff Jones.

Faculty who are UI alumni will wear the custom UI regalia. Faculty who received their degree from somewhere other than the U of I will be wearing black gowns with black velvet. The doctoral hood will designate the school/degree received.

The rental fee is $80.95 and must be paid for using a personal credit card or a departmental procurement card to complete the order. Faculty orders placed after the November 13 order date will be subject to a late fee.

Faculty apparel will be available for pick-up on the Carver-Hawkeye Arena concourse on Thursday, December 17 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. or Friday, December 18 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For apparel pick up, you must use the main entrance on the northwest corner of Carver-Hawkeye Arena, which is located on the north end of Lot 46.

At the Ceremony

Men are expected to wear ties, although jackets are not required. Flowers are not worn on gowns, nor are they carried in hand. Caps or gowns decorated with inappropriate messages will not be permitted. We also caution graduates regarding their choice of footwear, as the stairs and floor covering at the arena may be difficult to navigate. Wearing high-heeled footwear is not advised. Bags or purses may not be carried; plan to leave them with friends or relatives.

Caps are to be worn with the tams or mortar boards 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.

Additional information is available from the Office of the Registrar's Commencement Information Page.

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