Iowa State University Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony

Date(s) - 8 May 2021 until 8 May 2021
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Jack Trice Stadium

*NOTE: This event has been changed to Saturday, May 8, at 5 p.m. in Hilton Coliseum. Read for more details:

Due to inclement weather forecasted for Saturday afternoon, Iowa State University’s Cyclone Graduation Celebration honoring students in the College of Engineering will move to Hilton Coliseum and now start at 5 p.m. Engineering graduates should use the north entrance of Hilton Coliseum. Friends and family can enter through the south and west entrances. Doors to the arena will open at 3:30 p.m., which is also when graduates will begin checking in.


College of Engineering graduation video and printable PDF programs by department:

The information below has changed and may no longer be accurate for the Engineering ceremony.

Undergraduate students will be recognized during an in-person Cyclone Graduation Celebration on Saturday, May 8. This series of separate events, organized by college, will be modified from the traditional commencement ceremony, but will include:

·       A shorter-than-usual program to officially confer the degrees

·       The reading of individual names as graduates cross the stage wearing academic attire

·       Formal graduation photographs

We do not anticipate needing to limit guest attendance due to the large capacity and outdoor setting of the stadium. All graduates and guests will be required to wear face coverings and practice physical distancing. Start times for each of the college events will be announced in the coming weeks.

More details and instructions for each event are forthcoming, including inclement weather alternatives for the Bachelor’s event. The Registrar’s Office will communicate directly with candidates for graduation. Updates will be posted on as they become available. The official commencement program will be made available to degree candidates regardless of attendance.

The events outlined above will be limited to only those students graduating in Spring 2021 or Summer 2021, in order to safely accommodate graduates and guests. We remain committed to inviting Spring 2020, Summer 2020, and Fall 2020 graduates back to campus for a future in-person commencement when conditions allow, and we will provide additional information on that opportunity in the fall.

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