Commencement Ceremony #1 (AGLS & BUS)

Date, Time, and Location:

  • Saturday, May 11, 2024, at 9:00 a.m. in Hilton Coliseum
  • Doors will open for guests at 7:00 a.m.
  • It is anticipated that the ceremony will last around two and a half hours.



  • Due to the construction of CyTown, certain parking lots located between Hilton Coliseum and Jack Trice Stadium will be blocked off on the day of commencement. Additional parking has been identified around Jack Trice Stadium, Maple Willow Larch, Lied Recreation Center, and the Memorial Union Parking Ramp
    • Parking at the Memorial Union Parking Ramp: CyRide #1 Red Route should run every 20 minutes between the MU and Hilton, going both ways. Pick-up is directly across the street from each; drop-off is directly in front of each. The cost per bus ride is $1.00 ($.50 for over 65). The cost to park in the MU ramp is $10.00 for 4 hours.
  • Parking lot A3 will be reserved until 9 a.m. for an Alumni Center event. At 9 a.m., they will release that lot for anyone looking for parking
    • Lot F1 will be reserved as ADA parking for the College of Design Convocation from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • We ask students and their guests to arrive early enough to find parking and walk to the check-in location (for graduating students) or guest seating in Hilton Coliseum. We encourage carpooling if possible.
  • Handicap parking is available in lot C2.
  • If you or your guests park in the Maple Willow Larch parking lot or at Lied Recreation Center, please cross at the light and follow all traffic laws.
  • A parking map is available online here: Parking Maps for Hilton Coliseum and Jack Trice Stadium | Graduation & Commencement | Iowa State University


Tickets and Guests:

  • Tickets are not required.
  • Guest seating is unlimited – please invite everyone who wishes to celebrate your significant achievement!



  • You may begin arriving for check-in at 7:30 a.m., but plan to arrive by no later than 8:30 a.m.
  • Your primary college will determine your assigned check-in location:
    • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
      • Scheman Building, 200-Level
    • Ivy College of Business
      • Scheman Building, 100-Level


Academic Attire (e.g., Caps, Tassels, and Gowns):

  • Graduates are required to wear a bachelor's gown, a black four-sided cap, and the appropriate color tassel (tassel should be worn on the right side). Attire can be purchased through the Iowa State University Bookstore, located in the Memorial Union, and through their website:
  • Graduates who are a member of the United States Armed Forces are welcome to wear uniforms.
  • Graduates who need to wear specific attire for religious or cultural purposes (e.g., hijab, etc.) are welcome to do so.
  • Leave purses, coats, and other valuables with family or friends. There will be no secure place to leave them during the ceremony.
  • As you prepare for your next adventure, we invite you to leave behind a legacy that will benefit future Cyclones by donating your cap and gown. In partnership with Enrollment Services, the Center for Student Educational Success (CSES) is collecting graduation caps and gowns to donate to future graduating students who face financial barriers that prevent them from purchasing their own.
      • Collection Bins: Staff and collection bins will be at the north, south, and west entrances Hilton Coliseum immediately following commencement
      • Mail-in: If you need to hang on to your regalia for a while longer (for pictures or other occasions), you can pick up a postage-paid envelope at the above-indicated Hilton locations and mail it in at a later date.
    • For inquiries, email us at
  • Graduates are not allowed to enter Hilton Coliseum with anything that would obstruct others’ enjoyment of the celebration.
  • Celebratory caps and adornments are welcomed and should be respectful.



  • Graduates needing special assistance (e.g., wheelchair seating, sign language interpreter, captioning services, service animals, etc.) prior to, or during, the ceremony should contact Michelle Becker at by May 7th.
  • Special accommodation seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Handicap parking is available in lot C2.
  • Guests needing a handicap-accessible entrance and/or elevator should utilize Hilton Coliseum’s west entrance, located under the catwalk between Scheman and Hilton.
  • Guests needing a wheelchair and/or scooter will need to supply their own or work with outside vendors to secure a wheelchair and/or scooter. Hilton Coliseum does not have any to rent or loan.
  • A sign language interpreter will be available.

Ceremony Process:

  • After check-in, graduates will proceed to the line-up area.
  • Please complete the photography portion of the card you were given at check-in before the start of the ceremony. 
  • During the ceremony, graduates will be led to the photography area and then led across the stage by a Faculty Marshal. Photographers will use a flash when taking photos
  • After crossing the stage, graduates will be led back to their original seats. 


Diploma Covers:

  • The President or Provost will hand you a diploma cover on stage during the ceremony.