Commencement is the culminating event for students who choose to attend. So that students, their families, and guests may enjoy this gathering, an appropriate and dignified academic atmosphere is maintained.
With everyones cooperation, commencement will become a proud and happy memory of your graduates academic achievement at The University of Iowa.
To that end, alcoholic
beverages are banned. Inappropriate dress and costumes worn under gowns
are not permitted. Participating students may not carry cell phones, flowers,
purses, gifts, balloons, or bags.
What should I know about the process of graduation?
The University does not confer a degree without receiving an Application for Degree. This form is your students indication that the University should begin evaluating academic progress and send commencement information for the coming semester. The deadline for Spring 2003 degree application was in March.
A final degree evaluation is mailed to the students residing address. This shows the students progress toward meeting degree requirements and takes into account the final semesters courses.
Because commencement occurs before final grades are due, it may not be possible to know whether requirements have been met. So, while all degree candidates are invited to participate in commencement, graduation from the University doesnt become official until two weeks after graduation, when grades have been recorded and the degree notation is placed on the students academic record.
commencement is optional.
How do I find out about caps and gowns, tickets, etc.?
Information is mailed to graduating students residing addresses about a month before commencement.
Caps and gowns are ordered through the University Book Store in the Iowa Memorial Union. Graduates seating is based on apparel sales. Students who wish to borrow a friends black cap and gown may do so; however, they must contact the Commencement office at (319) 335-0296 before May 7 to ensure adequate seating.
Graduation from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (including College of Education graduates) is open to the public, and no tickets are required to attend.
Seating is limited for the graduation ceremony of the Tippie College of Business. An invitation and RSVP card was sent to those graduates in late March 2003. The student is responsible for reserving and picking up tickets by the stated dates. Each graduate is eligible to request four tickets. There is no charge for tickets. Graduates dont need a tickettheir ticket is a cap and gown.
There is no rehearsal
Why isnt information sent to the parents of the graduate?
As a custodian of confidential records, the University may not release information about which students have applied for a degree. Only when a degree has been officially conferred does such information become available. Often, its a good idea to nudge your graduate by asking Have you been to the book store to buy your cap and gown?
Remember that tickets
for restricted commencements are also your graduates responsibilitydays/times
for ticket pick-up are limited.
What date and time will commencement be held? When should graduates and their guests arrive?
Commencement ceremonies will be held as follows:
Doors open one hour
before the starting time. Late arrivals to Hancher Auditorium commencements
will be seated during a pause in the program. No backpacks or large bags
are allowed. Officials reserve the right to inspect all purses, camera
bags, and diaper bags. Graduates should arrive no later than one-half
hour before the ceremony; some colleges ask that students arrive earlier.
Is parking available nearby?
Parking is available
for Hancher Auditorium in the adjacent lots. Carver-Hawkeye Arena is served
by parking lots across Elliott Drive at the Dental Science Building and
across Hawkins Drive in the commuter lots. Sufficient quantities of free
parking will be available.
Can special parking and/or seating arrangements be made for grandparents and other guests?
Yes, certainly! Call
the Commencement office at (319) 335-0296 and be prepared to specify which
ceremony you plan to attend, the number of guests, and where to mail information
(including a parking permit, if requested). Requests for special seating
and/or parking are to be made no later than one week before the ceremony.
Can I bring flowers to present to our graduate?
Yes. Flowers are
offered for sale at most Hancher Auditorium and Carver-Hawkeye Arena events.
Flowers may be given to the graduate after the ceremony.
Might I see graduation gowns with adornments?
Yes, the most common
are gold stars issued by the Office of the Registrar sewn on the left
sleeve (showing distinctionbased on grade-point average), colored
cordons around shoulders issued by the college (for honors work) and,
occasionally, stoles from honorary societies.
Are diplomas awarded at commencement?
No. Students will
receive a diploma holder in which to store and display their diploma once
it is mailed. Diplomas are mailed to students residing addresses
about five weeks following the ceremony.
How long might the ceremony last?
Ceremony length depends on several factors, including class size and the remarks made by selected speakers.
of Liberal Arts and Sciences/Education ceremonies end around noon. The
Tippie College of Business and the College of Engineering ceremonies take
up to 90 minutes.
May I obtain photos taken at commencement?
Photos of graduates at all ceremonies are taken by Jolesch Photography of Des Moines. By providing a current mailing address on the reverse of the name card presented to the reader on stage, proofs are mailed within a week of the ceremony. There is no obligation.