The Ceremony

The Spring 2017 College of Business Convocation will be held in James H. Hilton Coliseum on Friday, May 5, 2017. Seating is unlimited and tickets are not required for admission. Attendance is optional.


The College of Business Convocation will begin promptly at 5:00 p.m. and end in approximately 90 minutes.  Suggested arrival time for our ceremony is 4:00p.m. Please note, Hilton Coliseum will be performing a bag check for all individuals entering the facility for the convocation ceremonies. 


The Convocation will include greetings from the Dean of the College, comments by a speaker, and individual recognition of students graduating who are in attendance. At the conclusion of the remarks by the speakers, graduating students will cross the stage as their names are read and be recognized by the Dean and Chair of their department.


Note: Students who submit their application less than three weeks before graduation will not be listed in the College of Business convocation program.

Students who have previously earned a degree and have returned for a second major in Business should contact the Undergraduate Programs Office in 1200 Gerdin to have their name appear in the program. 


Caps and Gowns

Caps and gowns are NOT to be worn for by participating in the College of Business Convocation. Business attire is strongly encouraged. 


Caps and gowns are required for the University Commencement ceremony.



In order for a student to sign up to attend the College of Business convocation, students should login in to AccessPlus.  Click on the “student” tab and select “graduation” and then “diploma/ceremony”.  Complete all of the required fields.


Social Media

The College of Business wants your tweets, grads – send us your photos, your memories, your future plans, your selfies. EVERYTHING! Use ‪#‎COBgrad‬ and ‪#‎cyclONEgrad‬.


Iowa State University will have a live Twitter feed of graduation from @cyclonegrad. You are encouraged to tweet your own graduation thoughts using #cyclONEgrad on Twitter. 


A Live Stream will be available for those who can not attend the ceremony. You can access the video stream by clicking this link the day of the event

Arriving at Hilton Coliseum

Students will need to plan to arrive at Hilton Coliseum by 4:15 p.m.  Please check in at the northwest corner of Hilton to pick up your reader card. Please plan enough time to complete your reader card with your mailing address and email address. You will be instructed where to line-up (signs will be posted by major). If you are a double major/degree, you can choose which major you would like to sit/cross the stage with. Do not take a program at the entrance; there will be one for you on your chair. Leave coats, purses, and other valuables with family or friends.


Students and their families/friends will have their bags searched upon arrival to Hilton Coliseum.


Crossing the Stage

The most important part of the convocation is the individual recognition of graduates. Only the names of students who are present will be read. Recognition will be by major. If you are a multiple major or multiple degree student, you will be recognized only once. Please decide which major you wish to be recognized for prior to lining up in the processional. Marshals will lead the graduates to the foot of the stage. The graduates will present their reader cards to the reader at the edge of the stage and each graduate will cross the stage to be recognized by the Dean as his or her name is read. Students will return to their seats after crossing the stage.


College Gift and Diploma

Students who attend the College of Business ceremony will be given a small gift as they cross the stage during the ceremony. Diplomas will not be handed out at the Business ceremony, but rather can be:

  1. Picked up by the graduate in 210 Enrollment Services or

  2. Mailed to the student 2-3 weeks after graduation.

Please contact the Graduation Office if you have questions about your diploma options, 515-294-9372.



During the procession, the lights in Hilton will be at full intensity for photographs. Flash attachments are not necessary. High-speed daylight film is recommended for color photography, both still and motion pictures. Family photographs can be taken briefly after the close of the ceremony using the stage as a background for photos, if desired. A backdrop will also be provided on the concourse of Hilton.


Flash Photography will take a photo of each graduate as she/he crosses the stage and is greeted by the Dean. Within 1 week of the ceremony, graduates will receive electronic proofs. Graduating students are able to order photos using an online ordering system. However, you are under no obligation to order any photos.


Questions regarding photographs should be directed to:

Flash Photography
1 (888)-325-3930


University Commencement Ceremony information

ISU graduation information

Inclement Weather


For more information about the University’s graduation ceremony, visit the Commencement website.


Approximately one month before graduation, specifics regarding the University ceremony will be emailed to all students at their email address on file with the Office of the Registrar. The email will direct graduating students to AccessPlus where they will be asked to provide information about attendance at the university ceremony and a diploma mailing address. Ceremony instructions and a graduation checklist will also be posted on the graduation website. If a student does not receive this information, he or she should contact the Graduation Office at or (515) 294-9372.


Iowa State University Alumni Association (ISUAA) Commencement Reception

ISUAA invites graduates and guests to a post-commencement reception at the ISU Alumni Center. This event is open to everyone, regardless of alumni or ISUAA member status and is free of charge for all graduates and their guests. Cake, punch, and coffee will be served. For more information, please visit the ISUAA 2015 Commencement Reception website.


Special Arrangements

Any graduate who plans to participate in the College of Business Convocation and who will need special assistance during the ceremony, should contact Amanda Scott at or (515) 294-6882 prior to the ceremony to make arrangements.


Any guests who plan to attend the College of Business Convocation and who will need special assistance during the ceremony may also contact Amanda Scott at or (515) 294-6882 to make those arrangements prior to the ceremony.


Students and guests who are mobility impaired may enter through the lower west door of Hilton. It is located on ground level under the sidewalk and has elevator access to all levels of Hilton. Parking for persons with disabilities is also located on the west end of Hilton in lot B2.


Convocation Speaker


MORGAN ELIZABETH TULLY is from Burlington, Wisconsin.


She is graduating with a double major in marketing and management.


Morgan has been involved in many activities during her time at Iowa State University. She served on the executive board for St. Jude Up ‘til Dawn and the College of Business Marketing Club. She was also a committee chair for Business Council, a peer mentor for the College of Business Learning Community, a team leader for Destination Iowa State, and a member of the Women’s Volleyball Club. She received the Gerdin Citizenship Award, competed in an American Marketing Association case competition, and studied international finance, banking, and accounting in Spain.


She completed three summer internships, and during the school year she worked in the College of Business as a Career Services student assistant and a teaching assistant.


Morgan has accepted a full-time position following graduation


Management Information SystemsNicholas J. Kringle

MarketingAllison R. Pitz

Supply Chain ManagementDaniel Russell Zabler



Amily E. Soyer

Austin Hilbrands

Finance & Business Economics

Austin C. Hilbrads


Reegan Mackenzie Hardy

Management Information Systems

Nicholas J. Kringle



Allison R. Pitz


Supply Chain Management

Daniel Russell Zabler


Graduate Students

Amelia Sofia Medici



For Additional Information

Additional Resources


Convocation Instructions

Amanda Scott

Assistant Director of Marketing & Alumni Relations

RSVP for the College of Business Ceremony 

1200 Gerdin Business Building

Iowa State’s Commencement Ceremonies

(515) 294-6882

Ames Lodging Information 


Previous Convocation Programs

Spring 2015

Fall 2015

Spring 2016
Fall 2016