The University of Iowa

Celebration 2021

Spring 2021 In-Person Graduation Celebrations

The University of Iowa will host two in-person events to celebrate the achievements of the spring 2021 graduating class. 

Hawkeye Farewell on the Pentacrest

  • Monday, May 10 through Friday, May 14 - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily

Celebration of Graduates at Kinnick

  • Sunday, May 16 at 3 p.m. 

These events are separate from the virtual commencement ceremonies; RSVPing for a virtual commencement does not register anyone for the Celebration of Graduates at Kinnick.

All Spring 2021, Summer 2021, and recent REACH Program Completion students are eligible to participate. Eligible students should have received an email Monday, April 5th with instructions on how to register. The deadline to register is May 1 at 11:55 p.m.

 

Have questions about the Hawkeye Farewell or the Celebration of Graduates?

Contact Us

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact UI Celebration team in advance by email ui-celebration2021@uiowa.edu or call 319-335-3549.

 

Hawkeye Farewell

When: Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14, 2021

Where: University of Iowa Pentacrest

Who: Only Spring 2021 Degree Applicants will be able to pick-up a packet. This requires ID.  Any recent, current, or future graduate can get a professional photo taken on the Pentacrest. 

Event time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily

What: This week-long event is an opportunity for graduates to celebrate their final days as students at the University of Iowa. Distribution of commencement materials also will occur for Spring 2021 degree applicants. UI colleges may distribute materials directly to graduates. Please see below for more details. Professional photo opportunities and the chance to snap a photo with Graduation Herky will be additional activities to enjoy. 

Inclement weather location: 208 Calvin Hall

Email: ui-celebration2021@uiowa.edu

Phone: 319-335-3549

Hawkeye Farewell FAQs

Anyone participating in this event will be required to follow UI COVID-19 mitigation strategies. This includes staying home if you are sick, wearing a mask, maintaining social distance, and washing or sanitizing hands frequently. Hand sanitizing stations will be available at this event. 

Spring 2021 degree applicants will be eligible to pick up materials. For more information regarding degree application processes, visit the Degree Application section of the Office of the Registrar website. 

We ask each graduate pickup their own commencement materials packet.

You must bring your Iowa One card. Spring 2021 degree applicants must swipe their Iowa One card to obtain their commencement materials packet. 

No. We request graduates pick up materials the week of May 10 to May 14.

No. Graduates will not have to pay for the commencement materials packet. 

Graduates will receive: 

  • A diploma cover embossed with the University of Iowa seal 
  • A commencement program that lists names and areas of study
  • A block “I” lapel pin
  • Alumni stickers and postcard 

Please note: Diploma covers are not delivered with the physical diploma. Spring 2021 degree applicants will need to pick up a diploma cover in their commencement materials package.  

Commencement materials will be distributed south of Old Capitol on the Pentacrest. Distribution begins at 10 a.m. on May 10 and ends daily at 4 p.m. The final day for graduates to collect materials will be Friday, May 14. 

Some UI colleges have elected to distribute commencement materials directly to their graduates through collegiate processes. If your college has developed distribution process, please follow their instructions to obtain your materials. 

In the event of inclement weather or imminent threat of inclement weather, distribution of commencement materials will take place at 208 Calvin Hall. Other activities on the Pentacrest will be canceled for the day. Please watch UI social media channels for announcements.  

Graduates who do not visit the Pentacrest will have their commencement materials packet shipped to the diploma mailing address provided on the degree application. 

No. Diplomas will be mailed by the Office of the Registrar 6 to 8 weeks after virtual commencement ceremonies. Additional information regarding diplomas can be found on the Office of the Registrar site.  

Yes. Graduates will have the opportunity to have a professional photo taken on Pentacrest, north of Old Capitol. Graduates can take their own photos on the east lawn of the Pentacrest and with Graduation Herky and a block IOWA display. 

There is no cost associated with having your photo taken. There is a cost if you choose to order photographs from the provider.

Celebration of Graduates

When: Sunday, May 16, 2021

Where: Kinnick Stadium

Who: All Spring 2021, Summer 2021, and recent REACH Program Completion students are eligible to participate. Eligible students who have applied for a degree should have received an email Monday, April 5th with instructions on how to register. The deadline to register is May 1 at 11:55 p.m.

Gates open: 1:30 p.m.

Event time: 3 p.m.

What: This event celebrates the accomplishments of 2021 spring graduates. Each graduate may reserve a seat in Kinnick Stadium and will be allotted two tickets for guests. This event is not a commencement ceremony. Graduates will not cross a stage. Names and photos will be displayed on Kinnick Stadium’s video board before and after the program. Graduates will be honored as a group with their college during a short program with remarks from UI administrators and student leaders.

Email: ui-celebration2021@uiowa.edu

Phone: 319-335-3549

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact UI Celebration team in advance by email ui-celebration2021@uiowa.edu or call 319-335-3549.

Celebration of Graduates FAQs 

All Spring 2021, Summer 2021, and recent REACH Program Completion students are eligible to participate. Eligible students who have applied for a degree should have received an email Monday, April 5th with instructions on how to register. The deadline to register is May 1 at 11:55 p.m.

Yes. Graduates are required to register to this celebration. Spring 2021 undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree applicants will receive an email on Monday, April 5, with instructions on how to register. Registration will close May 1 and electronic tickets will be emailed to graduates. 

Anyone participating in this event will be required to follow UI COVID-19 mitigation strategies. This includes staying home if you are sick, wearing a mask, maintaining social distance, and washing or sanitizing hands frequently. Hand sanitizing stations will be available at this event.

A mask will be required for entry to Kinnick Stadium. 

 Due to COVID-19 safety protocols and limited space inside Kinnick Stadium, the Celebration of Graduates is not open to those who received degrees in spring 2020 or fall 2020. Those graduates will be invited to participate in a future celebration.
 

Complimentary event parking will be available near Kinnick Stadium and at other campus parking locations on a first-come, first-serve basis.

  • Accessible parking will be available immediately north of the stadium in Hospital Parking Ramp 3.
  • CAMBUS shuttle service will be provided from downtown and other parking sites as needed.
    • All buses are ADA accessible.

More specific parking and shuttle information will be provided after event RSVPs are tallied.

No. Tailgating will not be allowed outside the stadium.

Gate A on the south side of Kinnick Stadium, near the statue of Nile Kinnick will be open. Gates B, E, and H also will be open on the west side of Kinnick Stadium. 

Items allowed inside the stadium and that will be inspected at the gates include:

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC that do NOT exceed 12"x6"x12"
  • Binocular cases
  • Breast pumps for nursing mothers
  • Clutch bags or fanny packs that do NOT exceed 4.5"x6.5" 
  • Diaper bags
  • Food items in a clear plastic bag
  • Medically necessary items
  • One-gallon clear plastic bag (Ziploc or other)

Please note: umbrellas and purses are not allowed.
 

Electronic tickets for students and guests will be emailed to students.

Each graduate is limited to two guest tickets.

Yes. ADA and companion seating will be available on the north and south sides of Kinnick Stadium. Graduates and guests may request ADA and companion seating upon arrival.

Graduates will be honored as a group with their college during a short program with remarks from UI administrators and student leaders. Graduate names and photos will be scrolled on the stadium’s video board before and after the program. 

Yes. Limited concession stands will be open to purchase refreshments.  

Yes. Restrooms will be open and available to attendees.

Graduates are invited to wear a cap and gown, but it is not required. We encourage graduates and guests to consider unpredictable May weather in Iowa City when selecting attire for the day. 

This event will occur rain or shine. It will be canceled and will not be rescheduled if lightning or severe weather is detected by the National Weather Service. Please note, umbrellas will not be allowed in Kinnick Stadium.  

No. There will be no professional photography services for graduates at this event. Graduates who wish to have professional photos taken should attend the Hawkeye Farewell event on the UI Pentacrest earlier in the week. 

Yes, the UI will livestream this event on the UI’s YouTube channel.

Celebration 2021 Details

Hawkeye Farewell on the Pentacrest

In addition to virtual commencement and the Celebration of Graduates, the UI also will provide an opportunity for spring 2021 graduates to celebrate their final days as students by having their photo professionally taken on the Pentacrest, north of Old Capitol. 

No cost is associated with having professional photos taken, however there is a cost if graduates choose to order photos from the service. 

Graduates also can take their own photos on the east lawn of the Pentacrest and with Graduation Herky and a block IOWA display. Graduates and families are invited to share their photos on social media using the hashtag #UIowaGrad21.

In addition, degree applicants will be able to pick up commencement materials at this time.

Photo opportunities and material distribution will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily from Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14, on the Pentacrest. Rain location for material distribution will be 208 Calvin Hall.

Each degree applicant is asked to pick up their own materials. Your Iowa One card will be needed to obtain your packet.

Graduates receive: 

  • A diploma cover embossed with the UI seal 
  • A commencement program that lists names and areas of study
  • A block “I” lapel pin
  • Alumni stickers and postcard 


Some UI colleges have elected to distribute commencement materials directly to their graduates through collegiate processes. If your college has developed distribution process, please follow their instructions to obtain your materials. 

Graduates who do not visit the Pentacrest will have their commencement materials packet shipped to the diploma mailing address provided on the degree application. 

If you have questions, email UI-celebration2021@uiowa.edu or call 319-335-3549. 

Celebration of Graduates at Kinnick Stadium

The University of Iowa is excited to announce that it will host an in-person, outdoor celebration for spring 2021 graduates on Sunday, May 16, at Kinnick Stadium. While this will not be an official commencement ceremony and will not replace the university’s virtual commencement ceremonies, we hope that graduates and their families will take this additional opportunity to celebrate all that they have achieved. 

A Celebration of Graduates will take place at 3 p.m. Gates will open at 1:30 p.m. The celebration is open to all eligible graduates and two guests per graduate.

All Spring 2021, Summer 2021, and recent REACH Program Completion students are eligible to participate. Eligible students should have received an email Monday, April 5th with instructions on how to register. The deadline to register is May 1 at 11:55 p.m. and electronic tickets will be emailed to graduates. If you are eligible but have not yet applied for a degree, you must do so here.

The event is not a commencement ceremony, and graduates will not cross a stage. Names and photos will be displayed on the stadium’s video board before and after the program. Graduates will be honored with others from their college during a short program, which will include remarks from UI administrators and student leaders. Graduates are invited to wear a cap and gown for this celebratory event, but it is not required.

Everyone participating in the Celebration of Graduates will be required to follow UI COVID-19 mitigation strategies. This includes staying home if you are sick, wearing a mask, maintaining social distance, and washing or sanitizing hands frequently. Hand sanitizing stations will be available at the event. A mask will be required for entry into Kinnick Stadium. 

Complimentary event parking will be available near Kinnick Stadium and at other campus locations on a first-come, first-serve basis. CAMBUS shuttle routes will be provided from downtown and other parking sites as needed. More specific parking and shuttle information will be provided after event registrations are tallied. No tailgating will be allowed outside the stadium.

Graduates and guests can enter the stadium via Gate A on the south side near the statue of Nile Kinnick,  as well as gates B, E, and H on the west side of the stadium. 

Items allowed inside the stadium include:

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC that do NOT exceed 12"x6"x12"
  • Binocular cases
  • Breast pumps for nursing mothers
  • Clutch bags or fanny packs that do NOT exceed 4.5"x6.5" 
  • Diaper bags
  • Food items in a clear plastic bag
  • Medically necessary items
  • One-gallon clear plastic bag (Ziploc or other)

Please note umbrellas and purses are not allowed.

Guests and graduates should be prepared for items to be inspected at the gates, per standard Kinnick Stadium safety protocol.

The event will occur rain or shine. It will be canceled and will not be rescheduled if lightning or severe weather is detected by the National Weather Service. 

The university will livestream this event on the UI’s YouTube Channel.

If you have questions, email UI-celebration2021@uiowa.edu or call 319-335-3549

Virtual commencement ceremonies

The Celebration of Graduates does not replace UI’s virtual commencement ceremonies that will individually recognize each participating graduate. Most of Iowa’s virtual commencement ceremonies will take place Thursday, May 13, through Sunday, May 16. Two ceremonies take place later: the MBA ceremony on May 22 and the College of Dentistry June 4. Details about each ceremony can be found on the ceremonies page. Spring 2021 graduates have until April 22 to RSVP to take part by following these instructions.