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Fall 2014 University Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, December 20

1:30 p.m.
Hilton Coliseum
Ceremony instructions for fall candidates

Commencement Speaker & Honorary Degree Recipient

U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues

Stephen J. Rapp



Livestream video:

Welcome families, friends, and Class of 2014!

You are cordially invited to Iowa State University's Fall 2014 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

  • 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 and C.Y. Stephens approximately one hour prior to the ceremonies.
  • A handicapped entrance is located on the west side of Hilton Coliseum.
  • 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 and other personal items with friends and family during the ceremony.
  • A live Twitter feed will take place before and after the 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.
  • The ISU Alumni Association hosts a complimentary reception for graduates, families, and friends at the ISU Alumni Center following the commencement ceremony. See for more information.