Graduation & Commencement

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Photos by Iowa State University Photographer Christopher Gannon

Fall 2016 University Commencement Ceremony

(Please note: The fall ceremony is a combined graduate and undergraduate ceremony.)

Saturday, December 17

1:30 p.m., Hilton Coliseum

Fall 2016 Commencement Speaker U.S. Senator Joni Ernst

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Ceremony instructions for Graduate Candidates

Ceremony instructions for Undergraduate Candidates

Welcome families, friends, and Class of 2016!

You are cordially invited to Iowa State University's Fall 2016 Commencement Ceremony. We hope you enjoy your stay at Iowa State University and in Ames.

Graduation day is both exciting and hectic, so it's good to plan ahead. See the tips below to help the day go more smoothly. For additional questions, contact the graduation office at

commencment day tips

  • Use our mobile friendly Graduation Quick Links. From lodging and restaurants to maps and lineup instructions for the big day, this is your go to source for information.
  • Doors open to Hilton approximately two hours prior to the ceremony.
  • A handicapped entrance is located on the west side of Hilton Coliseum. If special accomodations are needed, please contact the graduation office.
  • All public parking on commencement day is south of Hilton. Parking attendants will direct you to the proper location.
  • Arrive early to find your seats and meet your family. Decide on a meeting place for after the ceremony since everyone will be dismissed immediately after the ceremony.
  • Leave purses, coats and other personal items with friends and family during the ceremony.
  • A live Twitter feed will take place before and after the undergraduate commencement ceremony. Include #cyclONEgrad in your tweets and they may appear on the big screen at Hilton. A tagboard has also been set up at:
  • Photography: photos can be taken from your seat during the ceremony. In addition, Flash Photography staff will be on the floor to take two close-up pictures: one before you walk onstage and another as you receive a diploma cover from either the provost or the president. These photos can be purchased online soon after commencement.

Please note: Recorded commencement ceremonies may be viewed via our YouTube Channel starting with the Spring 2014 ceremony.

Link to Graduation YouTube Channel       Link to ISU Twitter       Link to ISU Facebook      Link to ISU Commencment Tagboard