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Guest Information

Guest Information for Commencement

FAQs | How to Watch Online | Guest Accessibility 

Spring 2024

We encourage guests to sign up for the Spring 2024 Commencement Subscription List to receive updates and important information regarding the ceremonies. Visit the Ceremonies tab to view the commencement ceremony schedule. 

Spring 2024 ceremonies will take place in Carver-Hawkeye Arena and Hancher Auditorium. Please click on the venue links for more information. 

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Tickets are not required for any of the spring 2024 ceremonies.*

*Due to high participation the MBA ceremony has instituted a ticketing policy, more information can be found on their ceremony page.

Each venue has specific policies for parking during commencement ceremonies.

Carver-Hawkeye Arena Parking

Hancher Auditorium Parking

Ceremonies will livestream at the date and time listed on the Ceremonies tab. A link to the ceremony will be included on the individual ceremony pages. Ceremony links will be provided at least one day before the ceremony is scheduled to premiere.

Detailed information can be found in the How to Watch section below.

In order to receive the most up-to-date information about commencement, we recommend signing up for a Subscription List. Emails will be sent only when there is new information to communicate or when a deadline is approaching. Students will receive information via their university email account.

Subscription is a two-step process to eliminate spam. Please confirm your subscription via the email you receive when you sign up.

Only email addresses are required. UI Commencement does not collect information other than to email subscribers. Once you receive an email you are free to unsubscribe at any time. 

Some guests traveling internationally may need to apply for a temporary visa to attend an in-person event. 

Please see more information on the International Programs website.

If a student needs an official verification of enrollment for this process, please contact the Office of the Registrar - Transcripts and Verifications at:

Students eligible to be included in commencement will be contacted by the IOWA Commencement Team, as well as their college (in most cases). To be included in a ceremony, interested students must login to MyUI to indicate they wish to be included in their college's ceremony.  

For more information about the RSVP, including why students will only be included if they RSVP "Attending", please visit the RSVP tab. 

To find out if a student has submitted their RSVP, please ask them! Only the student can RSVP, as they must login to MyUI to do so. We wish to recognize as many graduates during commencement as possible, so we ask that you encourage your graduate to RSVP before the deadline!

Messages sent out to list subscribers are located on the Subscription Lists page.

How to Watch Online

All ceremonies will premiere at their scheduled time and day and will be livestreamed with captions enabled.

Full List of Ceremonies

We recommend finding your college ceremony and bookmarking that page for future reference.

Every college will have their own commencement ceremony, tailored to their college and including messages from a variety of individuals chosen specifically to honor and address graduates of that college. Degrees will be conferred and graduates who have RSVP'd Yes will be individually recognized during the ceremonies. 

A link to the ceremony livestream will be included on the individual ceremony pages in the "Watch Live" section at least one day before the ceremony begins. Check back to see when the link is available.

If you cannot tune in during the premiere, the ceremonies will be available for viewing on the University of Iowa YouTube channel after the premiere concludes. 

Screenshot Example

Fall 2023 example of what the "Watch Live" section will look like when video is added at least one day prior to ceremony.

Livestream Screenshot Example

Guest Accessibility

Information for Guests with Disabilities or Limited Mobility 

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 the collegiate commencement coordinator of your ceremony listed on our Need Help? page.

All ceremonies will have an ASL sign language interpreter present and will be livestreamed with captions enabled.

Venue Accessibility Information 

Carver-Hawkeye Arena Info

Hancher Auditorium Info

Getting Here

Founded in 1847 the University of Iowa campus is located on the banks of the Iowa River and is about 300 miles from Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Omaha, and Kansas City. The campus is easily accessible off Interstate 80 and Highway 218 by car and is within an hour's drive of two airports.

Places to Stay

From downtown Iowa City to the Coralville Landing there are many options to find a place to stay overnight. Commencement weekend is a very busy time so make sure to secure your reservations early! 

Hotel Directory