University of Iowa

Graduate College Masters Commencement Ceremony

Friday, May 10, 2019 - 7:00pm Carver-Hawkeye Arena
Masters Stage and Graduates
Friday, May 10, 2019 - 7:00pm
Iowa City, IA

Doors to the venue will open one hour prior to the start of the ceremony.

Wendy Danger
(319) 384-1310

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Ceremony Information


To participate in the ceremony, you must register via the links provided below before the deadline. Late registration will not be considered.

Master’s candidates must register online to participate in the Graduate College commencement ceremony. The deadline to register is Wednesday, April 10 by 5 p.m. To register, you must fill out a form via workflow.

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 (, 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 Carver-Hawkeye Arena. 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 (, 952-447-4449). Students ordering after Wednesday, April 10, 2019 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.

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.

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 or 319-335-3492.