The University of Iowa

Guest Information

Guest Information for Commencement

Fall 2021

Fall 2021 commencement is being planned for in-person ceremonies. We encourage you to sign up for the Fall 2021 Subscription List to receive updates and important information regarding the ceremonies. Visit the Ceremonies tab to view the commencement ceremony schedule. 

In order to receive the most up-to-date information about spring commencement, we recommend signing up for the Fall 2021 Subscription List. Emails will be sent only when there is new information to communicate or when a deadline is approaching. 

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

Only emails 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 anytime. 

Students eligible to be included in virtual 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 virtual commencement.  

The RSVP portal is now open! The RSVP portal is located in MyUI within the Degrees/Graduation Tile by clicking on Commencement Attendance.

Only students who RSVP "Yes" by the deadline will be recognized at the ceremonies. The RSVP deadline for fall 2021 is Sunday, November 21, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

If you're interested in more information about the RSVP, including why students will only be included if they RSVP yes, 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 fall 2021 graduates during commencement as possible so we ask that you encourage your graduate to RSVP when the portal opens.!

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.

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

For friends and relatives of international students, select ceremonies will be uploaded to the International Programs website with commentary in Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, and Spanish, as student volunteer availability allows.

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:

How to Watch Online

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

Full List of Fall 2021 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 virtual commencements. 

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 2020 example of what the "Watch Live" section will look like when video is added at least one day prior to ceremony.

Screenshot of Watch Live Section with Ceremony Embed