The Graduate College holds commencement ceremonies each year in May and December. To participate in the ceremony, you must register via the links provided below by Wednesday, November 20. Late registration will not be considered.
The fall commencement ceremony will be held Friday, December 20, 2019. The ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. at Hancher Auditorium.
How Do I Register to Participate?
Master’s candidates must register online to participate in the Graduate College commencement ceremony. The deadline to register is Wednesday, November 20 by 5 p.m. To register, you must fill out a form via workflow.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org, 952-447-4449).
Master’s candidates may keep their mortar board and tassel following the ceremony. All other rental apparel must be returned to Herff Jones following the ceremony in the Strauss Recital Hall. If apparel is not returned following the ceremony, graduates should send their apparel to Herff Jones as soon as possible to avoid incurring a charge for non-return of apparel. Prepaid return shipping label is included in the packaging at the time it is received. Master’s apparel rental must be made online from Herff Jones. The cost is $78.20 plus tax. If you require assistance with ordering apparel, please contact Herff Jones (email@example.com), 952-447-4449). Students ordering after Wednesday, November 20 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 must register online to participate in the Graduate College commencement ceremony. To register, you must fill out a form via workflow. The deadline to register for the fall ceremony is November 20 by 5 p.m.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 cost is $99.90 plus tax. Students ordering after Wednesday, November 20 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 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 Wednesday, November 20 will be charged a late fee.
Questions regarding the commencement ceremony should be directed to Kathy Gerling (email@example.com, 319-335-3492).
Day of the Ceremony
We suggest business attire and you may want to consider a top/shirt with buttons to help secure the hood. 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 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. Tams/mortar boards should be worn during the Processional, Recessional, and while degrees are being conferred. However, they may be removed at other times.
Additional information, including a graduation app for quick access to commencement information, is available from the Office of the Registrar's Commencement Information Page.
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If the graduate or a guest has a disability that requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Kathy Gerling in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org or 319-335-3492.