You are receiving this message because you have filed a degree application for Spring 2017 and are in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences or University College.  If you do not plan on participating in the commencement ceremony please disregard this email.

Which ceremony should I attend?

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences has two ceremonies in the Spring session.  Both ceremonies will take place in Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Saturday, May 13.  Please attend the ceremony which corresponds with your primary major.

When should I arrive at the ceremony?

The West and South doors to Carver-Hawkeye Arena will open 1 hour prior to each ceremony, plan to arrive no later than 15 minutes after the doors open.

Parking at Carver-Hawkeye Arena

  • Traffic delays are expected, so graduates and guests should plan accordingly.  Directions and Parking information can be found on UIMaps.
  • Current information regarding parking at Carver-Hawkeye Arena during commencement can be found on Parking and Transportation's website.

Security at Carver-Hawkeye Arena

Please note that standard large event security procedures will be enforced at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, with the exception of the clear bag policy. We ask that you plan your arrival time accordingly.

What do I do when I enter the Arena?

Plan to arrive for your ceremony with cap and gown. Graduates who previously ordered apparel should visit the Iowa Hawk Shop apparel table located in Section EE/FF near the North entrance. After entering the arena please find the card hand out table corresponding with the first letter of your last name. The card completed when you purchased apparel will be located on the designated tables on the upper concourse.  A map and table of card hand out locations can be found below:

Carver-Hawkeye Arena Seating Map

Last Name and Section Table
Last Name Section
A - B BB - CC
C - E A - AA
F - H A - B
I - K C - D
L - M L - M
N - R N - NN
S NN - MM
T - Z LL - KK

What do I do after picking up my Name Card?

Please line up at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony to prepare for the processional. Your marshal will lead you down the stairs onto the floor and guide you to your seats.

Commencement Ambassadors wearing yellow badges on lanyards will be stationed on the concourse to help guide you or answer questions. We look forward to seeing you at Carver-Hawkeye Arena and celebrating this milestone with you.

Congratulations!