Student Ceremony & Convocation Information

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Fall 2015 Graduate and Undergraduate Candidates

University Commencement Ceremony Instructions

If you are attending the Graduate or Undergraduate University Ceremony, print the instructions below (pdf), which gives line up information and a more specific timeline of events. (Available after Nov. 2)

College Convocations and Receptions

Social Media

Graduates, friends and family are encouraged to participate in a live Twitter feed before and after the university undergraduate commencement ceremony. Twitter feeds will not be posted during the ceremony. Students are requested not to bring their mobile device to the stage. Include #CyclONEgrad in your tweets and your tweet may appear on the big screen in Hilton. You can follow the #CyclONEgrad conversation online ( -- even without an account.

Graduation Photos

Photos at the university commencement ceremony will be taken by Flash Photography. Within 48 hours following commencement, graduates will receive instructions via email from the photographer on how to view and purchase photos. Questions regarding photos should be directed to Flash Photography (select the Contact Us tab) or phone 214-443-9393.

Cap and Gowns

Cap and gowns may be purchased from the University Book Store, Memorial Union, phone 515-294-5684.

PhD's must rent or purchase the appropriate cap and red gown from the University Bookstore.

With Distinction Cords

Undergrads - If eligible, pick up in the Registrar's Office, 214 Enrollment Services Center after Nov. 2. For eligibility details visit: and see the text under "Graduation with Distinction."



For information about diploma covers, mailing address and distribution, visit the Diplomas page.

  • Diplomas will be mailed on Jan. 8, 2016.
  • If you elect to pick up your diploma, you may do so on/after Jan. 7, 2016.