Commencement: December 16, 2016

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

How Do I Register to Participate?

Doctoral candidates

Friday, December 16, 2016 at Hancher Auditorium

Doctoral candidates must register online as soon as possible to participate in the 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 11, 2016. 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 11, 2016 will be charged a late fee.

Orders will be available for pickup on Friday, December 16.

Master’s candidates

Friday, December 16, 2016 at Hancher Auditorium

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 Friday, November 11, 2016. Apparel rented after that date will be subject to a late fee.

Apparel may be picked up on Friday, December 16.

Faculty

Faculty must register online as soon as possible to participate in the Graduate College commencement ceremony.

Faculty must order apparel by contacting Herff Jones at 952-447-4449.

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 apparel will be available for pick-up Friday, December 16.

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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