Convocation 2017-08-31T09:23:13+00:00

December 2017 Convocation
Friday, December 15, 2017

Convocation ceremony:

  • 4:00 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum
  • Doors will open at 3:00 p.m. Graduates 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.

May 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 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.

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 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.

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 required.

RSVP Required

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.

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:

  • Picked up by the graduate 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.

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 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 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.

Family photographs can be taken after the close of the ceremony.  A backdrop will be provided on the concourse of Hilton.

Flash Photography

Convocation Speaker and Marshals

Coming soon.

Special Arrangements

Any students or guests who plans to participate in or attend the 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

The University Commencement Ceremony takes place on the Saturday immediately following the College of Business Convocation. 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