Commencement: May 15, 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, May 15, 2015 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 (kathy-klein@uiowa.edu) 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 May Graduate College commencement ceremony.

Summer doctoral degree recipients wanting to participate in the May 2015 commencement should use the summer graduate registration form for spring 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 May 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 Thursday, April 9, 2015. If students need assistance on how to order, degree candidates may contact Herff Jones at their office kmortinsonoffice@me.com, (952) 447-4449; or Kathy Klein Gerling, GC Commencement Coordinator kathy-klein@uiowa.edu, (319) 335-3492. Students ordering after April 9, 2015 will be charged a late fee.

Orders will be available for pickup at Carver Hawkeye Arena on Thursday, May 14 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Friday, May 15 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 on the west side of Carver Hawkeye Arena.

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 Thursday, April 9, 2015. Apparel rented after that date will be subject to a late fee.

Apparel may be picked up on May 14 and May 15 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 on the west side of 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 May commencement ceremony should register online and also arrange to rent apparel online at the link provided above.

Faculty

Faculty rental apparel must be ordered online by Thursday, April 9, 2015 from Herff Jones.

Faculty that are UI alumni will wear the custom UI regalia and should rent using either a personal credit card or departmental procurement card.

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. Rental of non-UI custom apparel should be paid for using a personal credit card or a department procurement card.

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 April 9, 2015 order date will be subject to a late fee.

Faculty apparel will be available for pick-up at Carver Hawkeye Arena concourse on Thursday, May 14 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. or Friday, May 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The ceremony begins at 7:00 p.m. Distribution will be on the upper concourse at 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 on the west side of 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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