Early Participation

Some students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences or University College may be interested in participating in a commencement ceremony before degree requirements have been met. Students in all other colleges need to contact their respective commencement coordinators. Early participation forms do not constitute a degree application. Early participation forms must be completed independently of degree applications. Please see the Degree Application page for more information.

Students must meet eligibility requirements and have permission  to participate early. A student must be enrolled in one of the following:

  • Internship
  • Student Teaching
  • Study Abroad
  • An Alternate Institution (Must provide copy of current registration)
  • OR must be within 12 semester hours of completing degree requirements after the current semester.

If a student has questions about eligibility or participation, (s)he should contact Graduation Analysis in the Office of the Registrar.

Eligible students interested in this opportunity must fill out an early participation form. Forms can be obtained from Graduation Analysis by emailing registrar-degree-applications@uiowa.edu.

Please be advised that early participant names will not be printed in commencement programs. The commencement program only includes the names of students who intend to receive a degree that session, not future sessions.

Participation in a commencement ceremony does not guarantee a degree. Students must complete a degree application through MyUI for the session in which all requirements will be met.