The University of Iowa

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 9 a.m. Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, May 13, 2023 - 9:00am Carver-Hawkeye Arena
Grad by Iowa Seal on Pentacrest
Saturday, May 13, 2023 - 9:00am
1 Elliott Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242

Doors open one hour prior to the start of the ceremony. No tickets required.

Order of Events

Dean Sara Sanders and President Barbara Wilson will confer degrees. President Wilson and Graduate College Dean Amanda Haertling Thein will confer an Honorary Doctorate of Letters upon Oliver Lee Jackson, an internationally renowned painter, sculptor, and printmaker.

The student speaker will be Quinn Kamberos, of Littleton, Colorado, who will receive a Bachelor of Arts in English and creative writing with University Honors and highest distinction. She will also receive a minor in cinema.

Select College of Liberal Arts and Sciences majors will be recognized. - List of majors recognized at 9 a.m. ceremony.

A livestream of the ceremony is available.

Lisa Gray

Watch Live

All ceremonies will be livestreamed 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.

Arriving at the Arena

Carver Hawkeye Arena is located at 1 Elliott Dr, Iowa City, IA 52242.

Traffic around Carver-Hawkeye Arena during commencement is expected to be busy, please allow extra time for travel. 

Please Note: There is major construction at the Coralville First Avenue and I-80 Interchange that could impact travel to all ceremonies. Traffic delays are expected, please plan accordingly.

Complementary parking for commencement at Carver-Hawkeye Arena is available in the locations listed here:

  • Parking will be available on a first-come first-served basis within walking distance at parking lots 40, 33 (Dental Visitor), 43 (Kinnick), 65 (Finkbine), and 75 (Arena Commuter). 
  • Guests with disabilities who have a state-issued ADA parking placard or license plate will be permitted to use Lot 46, adjacent to Carver-Hawkeye Arena. From Lot 46 guests should enter through the west doors.
    • Please Note: Accessible parking in Lot 46 is limited to a first-come first-served basis. Once full, drop-offs will be allowed and then drivers will be directed to overflow accessible parking in Lot 40. 

Entering the Arena

Doors to the arena will open one hour prior to the start of each ceremony.  Plan to arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the start of your ceremony.

  • Guests use South and West doors.
  • East doors are for Graduate express entry only. Graduates are not required to enter through the East doors but it is highly recommended. 

Please Note: Traffic delays should be expected. Areas surrounding Carver-Hawkeye Arena will likely be congested with traffic from other campus events and construction projects nearby; please plan accordingly. 

Public Safety officials will search any purses or bags brought into the building. Everyone will be asked to open their coats or graduation gown for visual inspection.

No backpacks, large bags, packages, wrapped gifts, balloons, flowers, umbrellas, or outside food and beverage are allowed at Carver-Hawkeye Arena during this event. Each guest is permitted to bring one sealed, unopened bottle of  water or empty reusable water bottle to fill once inside the arena. Air horns or alcohol are not allowed.

The following items are allowed inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. All permitted items and patrons are subject to search and will be tagged at entrance.

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC that do not exceed 12″x6″x12″
  • Clutch bags that do not exceed 4.5″x6.5″
  • Factory-sealed water bottles or empty, refillable bottles [Limit one (1), under one (1) gallon]
  • Medically necessary items (includes equipment for nursing mothers and diaper bags)

Clear Bag Flyer

The following items are NOT allowed inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Admission will be denied to anyone carrying the following items.

  • Wrapped gifts, balloons, flowers
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • (New) Backpacks, purses, handbags and/or cinch bags
  • Banners and signs
  • Coolers, glass containers, backpack hydration systems, or refillable water bottles over one (1) gallon
  • Large lens cameras (6″ or more), video cameras or tripods
  • Noisemakers, strobe lights or any other disruptive devices
  • Outside food (unless medically indicated)
  • Non-service animals
  • Strollers and car seats
  • Tobacco of any kind (including e-cigarettes)
  • Umbrellas
  • Weapons of any kind

Name Card Hand-Out

Graduates should enter the arena and descend down the stairs to pick up your name card.

The university uses printed cards to display your information for commencement. Once you arrive at the ceremony, proceed down to the arena floor where you can pick up your card.  The card will display details that will be announced during the ceremony, such as name pronunciation. If name pronunciation information is not printed on your card, you may write it below your name at the ceremony. You will pass your card to the name reader before you cross the stage. The card also contains your HawkID and other identifying information you submitted with your RSVP, such as your permanent address, non-UI email address, and phone number. If your identifying information is not included, you will be asked to fill out the back of the name card so the photographer can send you a free proof from the ceremony.

Ceremony Details

Graduates should find their seat on the floor no later than 15 minutes prior to the ceremony. The playing of Pomp and Circumstance will begin the ceremony.

For the Presentation of Graduates, the candidates will be invited to come to the stage to be recognized individually.  Your marshal will lead your group to the stage.  Take your name card with you, hand it to the person reading names at the microphone and walk briskly to center stage to shake hands with the University of Iowa official.  You will return to the opposite end of your original row of seats, cross to your original seat and be seated.

Following the closing remarks and processional of platform party, candidates will begin to recess in an orderly fashion under the marshals’ direction. 

Commencement is the culminating event of University study for students who choose to attend.   An appropriate and dignified academic atmosphere is absolutely expected so that you, your family, and other guests may enjoy this important gathering. 

The following rules of behavior will be enforced at all ceremonies:

  • No alcoholic beverages of any kind
  • Inappropriate dress and costumes worn under gowns will not be allowed
  • Cell phones must be turned off or silenced in the graduate seating area
  • No flowers, purses, gifts, balloons, or bags will be allowed in the student seating area
  • Marshals and security staff will be looking for intoxicated persons.  Inebriated students are not permitted to participate

With everyone’s cooperation, this occasion will become a proud and happy memory of your academic achievement at the University of Iowa.


All graduates are expected to wear apparel at their ceremonies. College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is represented with a white tassel and it should be on the right side of your cap prior to the ceremony.

Make sure you have taken care of your apparel needs prior to the ceremony, apparel will not be available for purchase at the ceremonies. 

The Hawk Shop is open and is currently accepting apparel orders along with other items related to commencement. More information can be found on their website.