Convocation 2018-05-04T10:51:18+00:00

May 2018 Convocation
Friday, May 4, 2018

Convocation ceremony:

  • 4:00 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum
  • Doors will open at 3:00 p.m. Candidates should arrive no later than 3:15 p.m. and proceed to check-in to pick up their name cards.
  • Seating is unlimited and tickets are not required for admission.

Fall 2018 Convocation

Arriving at Hilton Coliseum

Students will need to plan to arrive at Hilton Coliseum by 3:15 p.m.  Please check in at the northwest corner of Hilton to pick up your reader card.  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. 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.

The Ceremony

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

Crossing the Stage

Recognition will be by major. If you are a multiple major or multiple degree student, you will be recognized only once. Marshals will lead the candidates to the foot of the stage. The candidates will present their reader cards to the reader at the edge of the stage and each candidate will cross the stage to be recognized by the Dean as his or her name is read.

Note: Students who submit their application less than three weeks before graduation will not be listed in the Ivy 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 (New for 2018)

Caps and Gowns are required to participate in this ceremony.

They 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. For eligibility details click here, and see the text under “Graduation with Distinction.”

RSVP Required

In order for a student to sign up to attend the Ivy 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.

Deadline: April 27, 2018

College Gift and Diploma

Students who attend the Ivy 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:

  • Picked up by the candidate in 210 Enrollment Services or
  • 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.

Student Speaker

Metihe Kastrati is from Kosovo, a country that gained its independence just 10 years ago. She is graduating with a master’s degree in business analytics. That is one example of her ability to overcome challenges in her life.

Metihe is a marketing analytics professional whose experience lies in the trade, production, and telecommunication industry — which allows her to utilize her analytics education, her critical thinking skills, and her many computer skills. She is fluent in English, Croatian, and Turkish languages, skills that will be useful while conducting business in Europe.

Currently, Metihe is working as the coordinator for marketing analytics in Kosovo Telecom. She has held different positions in different departments. This experience has helped her to understand the corporate culture, to recognize different personalities, and to adapt.

Her achievements are very different than most college students. A mother of three young children, Metihe earned her undergraduate degree in Kosovo, and faced the challenge of earning a master’s degree at Iowa State University from her home country. She received a scholarship from the Transformational Leadership Program funded by USAID and the Kosovo government.

Following graduation, Metihe wants to use her education and experience to help the people of Kosovo create a competitive labor force and add value to local businesses.

Her goal is to help them gain competitive advantages while adding value to communities, especially women and people with special needs. Kosovo is a fragile country, and she feels a responsibility to enable the country to thrive, compete, and live securely.

Student Marshals

Jacob Decker

Jacob was nominated by accounting faculty for his critical thinking, communication, and teamwork skills. Moreover, Jacob’s character matches his academic accomplishments.

Scott Moss

Scott was nominated by finance faculty for his active involvement in extracurricular activities and service as the president of the ISU Investment Group.

Alaina Berkenbosch

Alaina was nominated by management faculty for her team leadership, peer mentoring, creative group project ideas, and wonderful personality.

Management Information Systems
David Hannon

David was nominated by management information systems faculty for his character, work ethic, maturity, and his willingness to contribute both content and presence in class. David exemplifies an Iowa State student: hard-working, caring, and enduring in the face of adversity.

Carly Hewitt

Carly was nominated by marketing faculty for being a well-rounded, mature, responsible student, who is capable of analyzing complex managerial cases with outstanding critical thinking while at the same time being able to lead a team of students.

Supply Chain Management
Joe Gunkelman*

Joe was nominated by supply chain management faculty for his hard work and diligence in SCM 440z. In addition, he has been superb with CyBiz clients and a fabulous team lead on projects.

*University Marshal

Graduate Programs
Erin Mitchell

Erin was nominated by the graduate programs office for exceling inside and outside the classroom. In the classroom, Erin provides insights connecting real-world experiences with important topics such as leadership, teamwork, and influence. Outside the classroom, Erin is generous with her time, leading a group of students to the state robotics championships.

Live Stream

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.

Social Media

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


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

Family photographs can be taken after the close of the ceremony.

Flash Photography

Special Arrangements

Any students or guests who plans to participate in or attend the Ivy College of Business Convocation and who will need special assistance during the ceremony, should contact Amanda Severson at amandas@iastate.edu or 515-294-6882 prior to the ceremony to make arrangements.

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.

University Commencement Ceremony

There will be two undergraduate University Commencement ceremonies which take place on Saturday, May 5, 2018. To learn more about the University Commencement Ceremony, visit the Commencement website.

Contact Information

Amanda Severson
Assistant Director of Marketing & Alumni Relations
2200 Gerdin Business Building