Spring 2020 University Commencement Ceremonies

We regret that Iowa State University must cancel all Spring 2020 University Commencement Ceremonies for undergraduates, graduate students, and veterinary medicine students.

Campus leaders are working on plans for a live-streamed graduation address in May.

Graduates will also have the opportunity to participate in a future commencement ceremony in December 2020.

Please refer to this webpage, where information will be posted as soon as it is known. The Office of the Registrar will be reaching out to all students who have applied to graduate Spring 2020 in the near future.  

Spring 2020 Undergraduate Candidates Attending Spring Commencement Ceremony

Indicate attendance at the University Commencement Ceremony 

  • Form will be available after March 1, 2020.
  • Log into your student AccessPlus account and click on your student tab. Select Graduation from menu on left and then, Diploma/Ceremony in upper left corner.
  • Complete the following online form information before Tuesday, May 5th.  

1. Attendance at the University Commencement Ceremony.
2. Attendance at college convocation/reception
3. Newspaper release
4. Diploma mailing address

If you are attending one of the University Commencement Ceremonies, please see instructions below, which will give you line up information and a more specific timeline of events.

University Commencement Ceremony Instructions for Undergraduate Ceremony

Commencement Ceremony Instructions (available after April 1, 2020)

Caps and Gowns

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

With Distinction Cords

Undergrads - If eligible, pick up in the Registrar's Office, 214 Enrollment Services Center after April 1, 2020. For eligibility details visit: and see the text under "Graduation with Distinction."

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 to not bring their mobile device to the stage. Be sure to include #CyclONEgrad in your tweets! 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 and posted on their website.
  • 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.


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