Student shaking David Spalding's hand at Convocation


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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 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

Caps and gowns are NOT to be worn during the Ivy College of Business Convocation. Business attire is required.

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: December 8, 2017

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 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 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 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

Convocation Speaker
Tyler Tweeten

Tyler Lynn Tweeten is from Forest City, Iowa. He is graduating with a major in finance and a minor in management.

During his time at Iowa State University, Tyler was involved in a variety of activities. He was a founding member of the Beta Alpha chapter of the Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity, and served as the founding secretary. He was also a member of ISUtv, serving in various roles on the executive board. Tyler also had the privilege to be a part of the Iowa State University Mascot Squad during his sophomore and junior years.

In 2015, Tyler was chosen to be a member of an organization called 4K for Cancer, a non-profit organization that raises funds to support young adults going through cancer treatment. Tyler was a member of the first Team New York run. During the course of 49 days, he ran from San Francisco to New York City with 25 other college students. He raised $5,500 to support the organization.

During his time at Iowa State, Tyler completed a co-operative internship with Principal Financial and a summer internship with Rockwell Collins. He also worked for Iowa State University Environmental Health and Safety as a fire safety inspector during the school year.

Following graduation, Tyler will be working as a financial analyst rotate at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Emily Guisinger

Emily Jenelle Guisinger

Department of Accounting faculty nominated Emily for being a standout student in difficult upper level courses and for completing a very high quality honors project as a member of the honors college.

Jason Link

Jason Russell Ling

Department of Finance faculty nominated Jason for his superior work with the ISU Sports Analytics Club and his co-op experience with GuideOne Insurance Company.

Katherine Hanson

Katherine Mae Hanson

Department of Management faculty nominated Katherine for her impeccable academic credentials and excellent work as a research assistant.

Kerine Webster

Kerine Webster

Department of Marketing faculty nominated Kerine for being an active thinker, a team player with strong leadership skills in her field, and a person who generates great ideas.

Amanda Fishel

Management Information Systems
Amanda Lyn Fishel

Department of Management Information Systems faculty nominated Amanda for her inquisitiveness, drive, and superior performance in MIS classes as well as her work in the honors program.

Portrait of College Student

Supply Chain Management
Brianna Rose Schubert

Department of Supply Chain Management faculty nominated Brianna for her work as a teaching assistant in SCM 486, her participation in the ISU Supply Chain Case Competition Team, and for being a leader in the classroom.

Claire Smith

Graduate Programs
Claire Opal Smith

The Department of Graduate Programs nominated Claire Smith for her work to develop herself academically and professionally while also tirelessly working to serve her peers and her community during her time at Iowa State through programs such as Collegiate Women in Business and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

Kathryn Ahlers

University Ceremony Marshal
Kathryn Ahlers

Kathryn served on the Student Alumni Leadership Council, participated in the honors program, played the flute in concert band, and was a pitcher for the club softball team. She also was a Gerdin Citizenship Award recipient and member of Beta Alpha Psi. She completed two internships and worked for the Iowa State Athletics Department as an academic mentor and tutor for student athletes.

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 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 undergraduate University Commencement Ceremony takes place on Saturday, December 16th, at 1:30 p.m. 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