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Commencement 2017

Group of Graduates at 2017 Commencement

Commencement (one morning ceremony and one afternoon ceremony) is Saturday, May 6, 2017 on the Upper Iowa University campus in Fayette, Iowa. The ceremonies will be held at Harms-Eischeid Stadium.  The ceremonies will be moved to Dorman Gymnasium in the case of inclement weather.  All seating is on a "first-come" basis.

Live Web Broadcast: For people unable to attend the ceremonies in person, UIU offers, free of charge, a live streaming broadcast of the ceremonies. Links to the livestreaming sites will be available on UIU's homepage at uiu.edu the day of commencement.

Diplomas are issued six times each year and a formal commencement ceremony is held once each year in Fayette, Iowa in May.  UIU encourages you to participate in its formal commencement ceremony even if your graduation date falls earlier in the academic year.  Names of students in the commencement program will include students who graduated or are candidates for graduation between October of the previous year and August of the current year.

APPLICATION FOR GRADUATION

As a candidate for graduation, regardless of whether you plan to participate in the commencement ceremony, you must file an application for graduation.  There is an application fee of $65 (even if you choose not to attend the commencement ceremony). Students planning to participate in the commencement ceremony should complete the request to participate form.  The application for graduation and request to participate form are located on myUIU (academics tab – student forms section).

Month Degree Conferred*

Application Due

October

May/June

December

July/August

March

September/October

May

November/December

June/July

January/February

August

March/April

The request to participate form should be submitted by February 28, 2017 to accommodate ordering of regalia.

*specific conferral dates are listed in the Academic Catalog.

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TWO CEREMONIES

  • Morning Ceremony: 10:00 AM – Saturday, May 6, 2017, Harms-Eischeid Stadium
    MBA, School of Business, School of Science & Mathematics
  • Afternoon Ceremony: 2:30 PM – Saturday, May 6, 2017, Harms-Eischeid Stadium
    MPA, MSC, School of Liberal Arts (includes Public Administration majors), MEd, MHEA, MSA, Andres School of Education

Upper Iowa University grants degrees in October, December, March, May, June, and August. The commencement ceremony held at the Fayette Campus (Fayette, Iowa) in May of each year recognizes students who have or will be completing requirements throughout the academic year (October 2016 – August 2017).

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WHICH CEREMONY DO I ATTEND?

10:00 a.m.
Master of Business Administration (MBA) candidates will participate in the 10:00 a.m. ceremony. The 10:00 a.m. ceremony also includes students with the following undergraduate majors: Accounting, Agricultural Business, Business, Business Administration, Financial Management, Finance, Health Services Administration, Human Resources Management, Management, Marketing, Management Information Systems, Biology, Chemistry, Clinical Lab Science, Conservation Management, Environmental Science, Forensic Science, Information Systems, Information Technology, Life Science, Mathematics, Mortuary Science and Nursing.  This ceremony also includes associate degrees with an emphasis in General Business.

2:30 p.m.
Master of Public Administration (MPA),  Master of Science in Counseling (MSC), Master of Education (MEd), Master of Higher Education (MHEA) and Master of Sport Administration (MSA) candidates will participate in the 2:30 p.m. ceremony.  The 2:30 p.m. ceremony also includes students with the following undergraduate majors: Communication Studies, Emergency and Disaster Management, English, Art, Graphic Design, History, Human Services, Psychology, Sociology, Criminology, Criminal Justice, Social Science, Interdisciplinary Studies, Public Administration, Elementary Education, PreKindergarten-Grade 3, Industrial Technology, Physical Education, Athletic Training, and Exercise and Sports Studies. This ceremony also includes associate degrees with an emphasis in Liberal Arts, Criminal Justice or Psychology.

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CEREMONY SCHEDULES

10:00 AM CEREMONY: MBA, School of Business, School of Science & Mathematics

Pick up caps and gowns in the Student Center (second floor) Hall between 7:00 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, May 6. Regalia will also be available for pick up on Thursday, May 4 between 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., and on Friday, May 5 between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

  • Line up at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday morning.  Weather permitting, participants will assemble on the north end of the football field.  In case of inclement weather, assembly will be in the Recreation Center.
  • Processional begins at 10:00 a.m.
  • Return caps & gowns to the tables in the Student Center lobby by 2:00 p.m. on the day of the ceremony.
  • A fee of $300.00 will be assessed to participants not returning their regalia at this time.

2:30 PM CEREMONY: MPA, MSC, MEd, MHEA, MSA, School of Liberal Arts (including Public Administration majors), Andres School of Education

Pick up caps and gowns in the Student Center (second floor) between 7:30 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. on Saturday, May 6. Regalia will also be available for pick up on Thursday, May 4 between 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. and on Friday, May 5 between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

  • Line up at 1:45 p.m. Weather permitting, participants will assemble on the north end of the football field.  In case of inclement weather, assembly will be in the Recreation Center.
  • Processional begins at 2:30 p.m.
  • Return caps and gowns to the tables in the Student Center lobby by 4:30 p.m. on the day of the ceremony.
  • A fee of $300.00 will be assessed to participants not returning their regalia at this time.

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IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER

Two outdoor commencement ceremonies at Harms-Eischeid Stadium are being planned. However, in case of inclement weather the ceremonies will be held in Dorman Gymnasium. All seating is on a  "first-come" basis. An overflow viewing area will allow extra guests to watch the ceremony remotely on video. The overflow location is the Student Center Ballroom.

To facilitate travel plans, the University will make its decision on whether to relocate the ceremony indoors based on the weather forecast on Wednesday, May 3. The announcement will be posted on the homepage of the UIU website at www.uiu.edu. Only in an emergency would the decision be made on Saturday to relocate the ceremony.

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GRADUATION ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Peacock Connection Bookstore offers generic graduation announcements. Students can complete the cards with their own information to send to friends or relatives.

Personalized, pre-printed graduation announcements are available through Jostens.com

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REGALIA

Your academic regalia will include cap, gown, stole, tassel, honor cord (if applicable), and veteran cord (if applicable). Caps and gowns are pressed and ready to wear. All gowns are collarless. Corsages and excessive jewelry are discouraged. Honor cords (for undergraduate students) will be attached to gowns. Honor cords, veteran cords,  and tassels are yours to keep. Caps, gowns, and stoles MUST be returned to the Student Center at the conclusion of the commencement ceremony. Graduate students must return hoods at the conclusion of the ceremony or purchase for $30 (cash only) at the time of return. Stoles may be purchased at Pavo Blue (128 S. Main St., Fayette, IA) following the ceremony.

Pick up caps and gowns in the Student Center (second floor) between 7:00 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, May 6. Regalia will also be available for pick up on Thursday, May 4 between 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., and on Friday, May 5 between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

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COMMENCEMENT STOLES

In response to a survey of UIU students, the University has commissioned creation of a special stole that graduates will wear with their gown on commencement day. This peacock blue stole proudly bears the UIU seal and the University logo and may be worn with other commencement regalia.

All graduates participating in the May 6 commencement ceremony will receive a stole to wear during the ceremony. Stoles must be returned with the cap and gown at the end of the ceremony. Graduates who do not return the stole with the cap and gown will be charged $100.

Graduates may purchase a UIU commencement stole to keep as a memento at Pavo Blue, 128 S. Main St., Fayette, IA.

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NAME CARDS

As you line up for the procession you will be given two name cards. You will hand one card to the person standing next to the stage and the other card to the person announcing the names. This person will be standing at a podium at the edge of the stage. If you are being recognized for honors, the honor level will also be printed on the card.  Honors relate to undergraduate work.

Note: Fayette campus students - the cumulative GPA at the end of Spring Term 1 will be the GPA used to determine if honors are announced at the ceremony. The final GPA is used to determine the honor listed on the diploma. We use the Spring Term 1 GPA because grades for Spring Term 2 are not available until after the ceremony.

Extended University and International Program students - the cumulative GPA from the most recent term completed and grades received is the GPA used to determine if honors are announced at the ceremony. The final GPA is used to determine the honor listed on the diploma.

Remember - to be eligible for the magna or summa level of honors, you must have completed 60 graded semester hours with Upper Iowa University.

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GRADUATION WITH HONORS (undergraduate baccalaureate students only)

Graduation with honors signifies recognition of a student's achievement of scholastic excellence as the baccalaureate program of study is completed. The diploma will bear one of the following inscriptions to recognize this excellence:

summa cum laude - grade point average at least 3.90
magna cum laude – grade point average at least 3.70 but less than 3.90
cum laude - grade point average at least 3.50

A total of 60 graded semester hours must be earned at Upper Iowa University before magna cum laude or summa cum laude honors are granted. Transfer students who do not complete 60 semester hours at UIU will receive cum laude honors if a grade point average of 3.50 or higher is earned in at least 30 graded hours at UIU.

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DIPLOMA DISTRIBUTION

May diplomas will be mailed approximately 4-8 weeks following the ceremony. Official transcripts may be ordered at www.getmytranscript.com.

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WELCOME NEW ALUMNI

As a new UIU Alumni, you are encouraged to join in our philanthropic initiatives and enhance our culture of giving. The 2017 Class Gift campaign provides you with an opportunity to show support to your alma mater while leaving a legacy. Those who participate in the 2017 Class Gift campaign will receive a UIU Philanthropy Cord to be worn during commencement. Donors will be recognized during the ceremony. For more information, visit uiu.edu/classgift.

In conjunction with Commencement weekend, the Upper Iowa University Alumni Association will be hosting their annual New Alumni Reception to celebrate all new alumni. Join us in Parker-Fox Hall for complimentary refreshments and campus tours for you and your family! >RSVP by visiting our event on Facebook.

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GENERAL INFORMATION

Live Web Broadcast: For people unable to attend the ceremonies in person, UIU offers, free of charge, a live streaming broadcast of the ceremonies. Links to the livestreaming sites will be available on UIU's homepage at uiu.edu the day of commencement.

Stadium Rules:

SHOES: Sharp objects are not allowed on the field. Therefore, spiked heels are not allowed. Note that walking on the field may be difficult in overly tall shoes. Dress for comfort and temperature.

FOOD: No food is allowed on the field, including gum or sunflower seeds.

TOBACCO: No tobacco products may be used in the stadium or on the field.

DRINKS: No beverage, other than drinking water, is allowed on the field. No sport drinks.

PETS: Pets, other than service animals, are not allowed in the stadium or on the field.

TRASH: Please use the proper receptacles for all trash. Recycling will be available for commencement programs after each ceremony. 

Peacock Connection Bookstore in the Student Center will open at 7:30 a.m.

Dining Services: 

Concession stands at the ceremony venue will be open at 8:30 and remain open until the end of the second commencement ceremony.  Light breakfast and lunch items will be sold.

The Cafe, in the Student Center, will be open from 7:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. serving coffee, specialty coffee drinks and convenience items.  There will be a $5.00 breakfast special.

Lunch:  Our all-you-care-to-eat dining location will be available for all graduates, families and friends in the Student Center Servery from 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.  The menu includes sliced ham and roast beef, mashed potatoes with gravy, seasonal vegetables, pasta with marinara sauce, the Mongolian Grill, deli, salad bar, brick oven pizza and grill items.  Cost is $9.00 per adult and $5.00 for children under 12 (beverage and tax are included in the total).  Mastercard, Visa, Cash and personal checks will be accepted.  Today's lunch buffet is complimentary for all graduates.  CONGRATULATIONS! 

The Servery will remain open from 2:30 to 4:30 serving deli sandwiches and salad bar.  Regular Sunday dinner service will also be available from 4:30 - 6:30.

Photographs:

A professional photographer from Grad Images will take your photograph as you receive your diploma. A photo proof will be sent to your email address after the event. There is no obligation to purchase photos and your personal information will not be sold.

Commencement is a public event.   Other photographs may be taken and may be used in University publications.

Parking and Shuttle Service: 

Download map.

Lodging:

Lodging and Travel Information.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call:

Office of the Registrar-IEC: 800-553-4150, or 563-425-5200 (streeterh@uiu.edu)
Student Life: 563-425-5215 (studentlife@uiu.edu)
Peacock Connections Store: 563-425-5248
Student Center Servery: 563-425-5491

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