The University of Iowa

College of Nursing Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, December 16, 2023 - 9:00am Hancher Auditorium
Nursing Graduate Speaker at Hancher Podium
Saturday, December 16, 2023 - 9:00am
141 Park Road
Iowa City, IA 52242

Doors open one hour prior to the start of the ceremony. The ceremony will be livestreamed with captions enabled.

Dean Julie Zerwic and College of Nursing alumna Monica Samples (20BSN) will deliver messages to students. Samples, the ceremony’s keynote speaker, is the recipient of the 2024 Outstanding Young Alumni Award. Graduates Andrew Doromal, of Hinsdale, Illinois, and In Won Heo, from Coralville, Iowa, will be student speakers.

Leah Koppes

Ceremony Information

  • Apparel sales are live and ordering information is available on the Apparel page
  • Required for all College of Nursing graduates
    • Bachelor gown
    • Mortarboard cap
    • Apricot tassel
  • Doors to Hancher will open one hour prior to the start of the ceremony. Graduates should arrive no later than 15 minutes after the doors open.
  • Arrive for your ceremony with cap, gown and tassel. Apparel will not be available for sale at the venue. 
  • Proceed to Strauss Hall
  • Please Note:
    • All items and people are subject to any search deemed necessary by the University of Iowa Police
    • No outside food or beverages except one unopened water bottle per guest will be allowed in the auditorium.
    • Items that cannot be searched by security personnel are strictly prohibited; wrapped packages will not be allowed.

Graduating students should proceed to the name card table for their last name. Volunteers can assist with name card location. Hold onto your name card; your name card will be scanned and then handed to the name reader prior to crossing the stage. 

If you arrive with a coat or purse, make arrangements to leave these items with a family member or friend. Backpacks are not allowed. You should not have anything in your hand other than your photo name card when the processional begins and throughout the ceremony. Cell phones should be silenced or turned off.

Tickets are not required for guests attending this ceremony, and there is no limit to how many guests can attend. 

Watch Live

The ceremony will be livestreamed at the scheduled time with captions enabled. 

If you cannot watch the livestream during the ceremony, the video will be uploaded to the University of Iowa's YouTube channel shortly after the conclusion of the ceremony.