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Join us on Friday, May 13, as we celebrate our spring and summer graduates! The Ivy College of Business convocation ceremony will include greetings from Raisbeck Endowed Dean David Spalding, remarks from a student speaker, and individual recognition of degree candidates who are in attendance. Candidates will cross the stage as their names are read and be recognized by Dean Spalding and the chair of their department.

Seating is unlimited and tickets are not required for admission. However, degree candidates must RSVP to participate in the ceremony.

The ceremony will be live streamed on YouTube. Click here to watch.

For information about university commencement ceremonies on May 12 and 14, visit the Commencement website.

Student RSVP Required

Students should log in to AccessPlus to sign up to participate in the Ivy College of Business convocation ceremony. Click on the Student tab and select “Graduation” and then “Diploma/Ceremony.” Please complete all required fields.

The RSVP deadline is Tuesday, May 10, 2022. Please note:

  • Students who submit their graduation 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 required to participate in the Ivy College of Business convocation ceremony and may be purchased from the ISU Book Store in the Memorial Union. Graduates who are a member of the United States Armed Forces are welcome to wear uniforms. Graduates who wear specific attire for religious or cultural purposes are welcome to do so.

Distinction Cords

Undergrads: if you will graduate with distinction, you may pick up your distinction cord starting at the end of April. More information about the date, time, and location will be forthcoming from the Registrar’s Office in mid-April. Click here for eligibility details and see the text under “Graduation with Distinction.”

Arriving at Hilton Coliseum

The doors to Hilton Coliseum will open at 3:00 p.m. Students should arrive no later than 3:15 p.m. and proceed to check-in (in the northwest concourse) to pick up their reader cards. You will be instructed where to line up (signs will be posted by major). If you have a double major or two degrees, you may choose which major you would like to sit and cross the stage with. Please leave coats, purses, and other valuables with family or friends.

Crossing the Stage

Degree candidates will be recognized by major. If you are a double major or multiple degree student, you will be recognized only once. Student marshals will lead the candidates to the foot of the stage. Candidates will present their reader cards to the reader, and each candidate will cross the stage to be recognized by the dean as their name is read. On-stage handshakes with the dean and department chair are optional. If you prefer not to shake hands, please fold your hands together to indicate you do not wish to be offered a handshake.


Diplomas will not be handed out at the Ivy College of Business convocation ceremony, but rather can be:

  • Picked up by the graduate in 214 Enrollment Services, or
  • Mailed to the student 2-3 weeks after graduation.

If you have questions about your diploma options, please contact the Graduation Office at or (515) 294-1840.


Accessible parking is located in Lot B2, on the west side of Hilton Coliseum. The accessible entrance is on the west side of Hilton Coliseum and offers elevator access to all levels of the arena. Special seating accommodations for guests are available on a first come, first served basis on the concourse level of Hilton Coliseum.

Students or guests who will need special assistance during the ceremony should contact Suzanne Lyndon at or 515-294-1504 to make arrangements prior to the ceremony. If assistance is needed the day of the ceremony, please speak with an usher.

American Sign Language interpretation services will be provided during the ceremony, and the video board will be closed captioned.


Photos may be taken from your seat during the ceremony. In addition, Flash Photography staff will be on the floor to take two close-up pictures: one as candidates shake hands with the dean and another as they exit the stage. Graduates will receive an email from Flash Photography shortly after convocation and photos may be purchased online.

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