Commencement: May 15, 2020

The Graduate College holds commencement ceremonies each year in May and December.

The spring commencement ceremony will be held Friday, May 15, 2020. The doctoral ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. at Hancher Auditorium. The master's ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Graduate students can begin registering for the spring commencement ceremonies in January, 2020.

The University of Iowa has more information on the day of the Graduate College Commencement Ceremony.

How Do I Register to Participate?

Master’s candidates

Master’s candidates must register online to participate in the Graduate College commencement ceremony by 5 p.m. on April 15.

What do I wear?

Master’s candidates must wear the University of Iowa custom master’s apparel, available online from Herff Jones and will be shipped to the master’s candidate's home. Master’s apparel consists of a mortar board w/tassel, master’s gown, and master’s hood. If students need assistance on how to order, they may contact Herff Jones (gradmidwest@gmail.com, 952-447-4449).

The rental cost is $78.20 plus tax. If you require assistance with ordering apparel, please contact Herff Jones (gradmidwest@gmail.com), 952-447-4449). Students ordering after 5 p.m. on April 15 will be charged a late fee. Candidates who have not registered to participate by the deadline noted will not be able to rent apparel or participate in the ceremony.

Doctoral candidates

Doctoral candidates must register online to participate in the Graduate College commencement ceremony by 5 p.m. on April 15.

Doctoral candidates should check with their advisors to be sure they are available to attend the ceremony to participate in the hooding exercise. If your advisor/dissertation chair is unavailable, you may ask someone else on your committee to be your faculty hooder, but you are not allowed to select more than one faculty hooder. If you do not have a faculty hooder, someone on the platform (e.g., a dean) will assist.

What Do I Wear?

Doctoral candidates must wear the University of Iowa custom doctoral apparel, available online from Herff Jones. If degree candidates need assistance on how to order, they may contact Herff Jones (gradmidwest@gmail.com, 952-447-4449).

Apparel consists of tam with/tassel, doctoral gown, and doctoral hood and will be shipped to the doctoral candidate's home. The total rental cost is $99.90 plus tax. Students ordering after 5 p.m. on April 15 will be charged a late fee. Candidates who have not registered to participate by the deadline noted will not be able to rent apparel or participate in the ceremony.

All rental apparel must be returned to Herff Jones representatives following the ceremony in the Strauss Recital Hall. If apparel is not returned following the ceremony, a prepaid return shipping label is included in the packaging when apparel was received. Please return the apparel as soon as possible to avoid incurring a charge for non-return of apparel.

Faculty

Faculty hooders attending the commencement ceremony must order apparel online from Herff Jones. If you have questions, please contact Herff Jones (gradmidwest@gmail.com, 952-447-4449).

Faculty who are UI alumni will wear the custom UI regalia. Faculty who received their degree from somewhere other than the UI and do not own their own regalia will be wearing black gowns with black velvet with the doctoral hood designating 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 ordering after 5 p.m. on April 15 will be charged a late fee.

Faculty who rented apparel from Herff Jones and did not have it home shipped may pick it up beginning at noon on May 14, until the time of the ceremony in the Strauss Recital Hall.

Questions regarding the commencement ceremony should be directed to Kathy Gerling (kathy-klein@uiowa.edu, 319-335-3492).