The University of Iowa

Guest Information

Guest Information

Fall 2020 Commencement

We are beginning to discuss fall 2020 commencement and recognize the importance of making a decision in a timely manner.

We will continue to follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Iowa Department of Public Health, and UI health experts, with maintaining the health and safety of our campus community as our top priority.

Thank you for your continued patience and we will provide more information as soon as we are able.

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.

Venue Accessibility Information

Guests with physical disabilities who have a Disabilities Parking Permit (plate, placard, or sticker) will be permitted to park in lot 46, adjacent to Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Public Safety officers will be restricting entrance to this lot, to only those guests with these state issued permits. From lot 46 guests should enter the West doors. 

Additional accessible parking spots will be available in the Dental Visitor Lot (Lot 33) 

Seating for guests is accessible from the upper concourse level, which is at ground level where you will enter. Guests with disabilities or limited mobility can find seating in the Feller Club Room. This room is equipped with large television screens and commencement ceremonies can be watched live from here. No food or beverage will be permitted in this room.

Guests with disabilities are also welcome to view the ceremony from the upper concourse level. Wheelchair and scooter spaces can be found in sections K – N on this level. Space is limited so we ask that guests seat themselves and two companions in this area. Guests should provide their own wheelchair if needed.

Seating at Carver-Hawkeye Arena is designed to allow emergency evacuation through the exits on the upper concourse and/or the floor tunnel. Because the floor tunnel may become blocked by a fire or other obstruction during an emergency, the university requires that attendees with mobility issues not be seated on or near the floor; they must be seated in the Feller Club Room or on the upper concourse level. During a fire or emergency, elevators may not function and floor-seated attendees unable to navigate stairs might not have an exit pathway. Floor seating is generally reserved for graduates, faculty, and special guests. Concourse seating is available for all other attendees.

During a UI commencement at the arena, elevator use may be limited to staff and special event participants, such as faculty or graduates at a graduation ceremony. This is to prevent persons with mobility issues from using the elevator to access the floor, only to be trapped there in the case of a fire or other emergency.

The full policy can be found on the Department of Public Safety Website.

A sign language interpreter will be on stage to interpret the ceremony.

Accessible seating is located in several areas in the auditorium. Upon arrival, please speak to an usher who can direct your party to accessible seating.

Attendees who have a Disabilities Parking Permit (plate, placard or sticker) may park in the lot on the West side of Hancher.

A sign language interpreter will be on stage to interpret the ceremony.

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 drive of 2 airports.


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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! 

Places to Stay

Places to Eat

Iowa City offers a diverse range of restaurants and cafes. Commencement weekend is very busy so if there is some place you want to make sure to eat at, you might want to check about reservations.

Places to Eat

Things to See

The University of Iowa campus has many iconic landmarks and photo opportunities situated around campus. Take a look!