Commencement: December 19, 2014

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 19, 2014 at 7:00 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:
    Kathy Klein Gerling ( or 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.

Summer doctoral degree recipients wanting to participate in the December commencement should use the summer graduate registration form for fall commencement. Summer doctoral graduates should also place their apparel orders online from Herff Jones.

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 as long as they are a UI graduate faculty member.

What Do I Wear?

Doctoral candidates for the December ceremony 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 14, 2014. If students need assistance on how to order, degree candidates may contact Herff Jones at their office, (952) 447-4449; or Kathy Klein Gerling, GC Commencement Coordinator, (319) 335-3492. Students ordering after November 14, 2014 will be charged a late fee.

Orders will be available for pickup at Carver Hawkeye Arena on Thursday, December 18 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Friday, December 19 from 9 a.m. until commencement begins.

Master’s candidates

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

What do I wear as a Master’s degree candidate?

Master’s candidates are required to wear the University of Iowa Master’s custom rental apparel which consists of a custom Master’s gown, mortar board, tassel and Master’s hood. The cost for rental of this apparel is $59.25 plus tax. Apparel must be rented online from Herff Jones.

Please arrange to rent your apparel no later than Friday, November 14, 2014. Apparel rented after that date will be subject to a late fee.

Apparel may be picked up on either December 18 or 19 in Carver Hawkeye Arena. Master’s candidates will no longer be wearing the cords as in past ceremonies. Master’s hoods will be worn instead.

Summer Master’s candidates wishing to participate in the December commencement ceremony should register online and also arrange to rent apparel online at the link provided above.


Faculty rental apparel must be ordered online by Friday, November 14, 2014 from Herff Jones.

The rental fee for faculty apparel is $80.95 and must be paid for using a personal credit card or a procurement card to complete the order. Faculty orders placed after the November 14, 2014 order date will be subject to a late fee.

Faculty apparel will be available for pick-up at Carver Hawkeye Arena concourse on Thursday, December 18 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. or Friday, December 19 from 9 a.m. until the commencement ceremony begins at 7:00 p.m. Distribution will be on the upper concourse at Carver Hawkeye Arena.

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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