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May 2019 Commencement Program

Law students, please go here.

We have passed the review portion of our commencement program timeline and the final draft has gone to print:

May 2019 Final Commencement Program

Please contact if your attendance plans have changed since you submitted your graduation application as the seating charts for the ceremonies are created with this information.

If we don't know you're coming to commencement, you will not have a seat. Additionally, if we think you're attending, and you don't, there will be an empty seat with your name on it (literally).

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This is your opportunity to review the commencement program before it goes to print for the event. Please review each element of the program closely—including the honors sections, as you will be accountable for your review (if there is an error in the final program and you did not notify us, we will not reprint the program).

Students, please take some time to proof read the program for the following:

  1. Full names: middle names/initials based on your preference
  2. Degree and major titles: minors and concentrations are not printed
  3. Home town/city: (Undergraduates and Pharmacy) note: if the city is in Iowa, only the city name will be listed—not “Iowa”
  4. Previous degree & institution information (Graduate level only)
  5. Honors information: Latin and departmental/college honors are posted on the program (valid as of the Fall 2018 Semester—because Spring 2019 grades aren’t due until after the ceremony takes place), please review.
  6. Please be aware that anything in red type is still information from last year’s program. We are still working to collect this year’s information in some places. Look for that information to be updated in the next draft.

If there is something you would like updated, please email with the corrections by the deadlines below.

Due dates for the subsequent versions are as follows:

  1. Updates due by:    Wednesday, April 3rd
  2. Updates due by:    Friday, April 12th
  3. Updates due by:    Wednesday, April 24th (Last Chance)

Extra copies of previous ceremony programs may be requested by emailing after the commencement event has taken place. If leftover programs are available after the event they will be sent out on a first come, first serve basis. You may request a maximum of 4 copies.


I.  If you have not filed a graduation application by Wednesday, February 15th, there is no guarantee that your name will appear in the commencement program because of printing/proofreading deadlines.  Please file your application ASAP.  Your graduation application not only gets your name listed in the program, it also assures you a seat among the graduates from your college during the commencement ceremony and assures that the college will process your degree release in a timely manner. 

II.  According to a Faculty Senate ruling from Spring 2005, colleges will not be able to "release your degree" if you have an Incomplete grade (I) earned in any course from Spring 2005 to the present time. Until your degree is released, no diploma will be mailed and your transcript will not say you have graduated.   Keep this in mind as you complete this semester's work.

III.  Related to item II above, if all the work for your degree is not completed within 45 days after the end of the term your graduation term will be moved forward to the next term.  That is, if you are an anticipated May graduate but you still have outstanding work by July 8, 2019 your diploma and transcript will not say you are a May graduate. Your graduation date will be moved forward to August 2019.

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