Families and Visitors

FALL 2016 Convocation

The College of Design's fall undergraduate and graduate convocation will take place on Saturday, December 17. This is a separate event from the official Iowa State University commencement ceremony. This event includes bachelor's and master's students only from the College of Design and allows students and their guests a more individualized celebration of their achievement.

Diploma covers are not presented at this event—that is part of the university commencement ceremony.

The convocation begins with a reception for graduating students and their families in the Lyle E. Lightfoot Forum (atrium) at 9:30 a.m., followed by a recognition ceremony at 10 a.m. in Kocimski Auditorium, 101 Design. Formal invitations will be mailed to candidates for graduation and their families in November. If you graduated in August but did not participate in the college’s spring convocation, you are welcome to attend the fall convocation.

Students participating in the College of Design convocation are asked to wear business professional attire. No graduation gowns or caps will be worn at the college convocation. Wearing of graduation gowns and caps is reserved for the official all-university commencement ceremony.

Candidates for graduation are asked to RSVP online so we will know how many plan to attend. Please go to AccessPlus and under Student, click on the Graduation tab on the side of the page. (The link is active until a week before the event.) If you graduated in August but would like to participate in the fall convocation, please contact Nicole Shimp, (515) 294-7428, to RSVP.

On December 17, students should check in at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the convocation ceremony. Check-in stations will be clearly identified when you arrive. All students will then be directed to a designated area to line up for the procession. Families and guests may find their seats at that time. If you have questions or need assistance throughout the morning, please look for our college staff members—they will be able to help you.

Procession and Ceremony
Participating students will process together down the stairs in the auditorium and will be seated as a group. When your name is called, you will walk across the stage and be congratulated by college faculty and administrators, then return to your seat until the ceremny ends.

Families may take pictures as their student walks across the stage, and there will be an opportunity for additional photos after the ceremony. Flash Photography will take professional photos. You will receive proofs, both in the mail and electronically, at the addresses you provide when you RSVP for the convocation. If you are interested in ordering photos, instructions to do so will be included with the proofs.

If you have any questions regarding the college convocation, please contact Nicole Shimp, (515) 294-7428, neshimp@iastate.edu.

We look forward to recognizing the accomplishments of all of our graduates and to wishing you a personal farewell!

University Graduate, Veterinary Medicine and Baccalaureate Commencement Ceremonies
All ISU graduating students are encouraged to attend the university's official fall 2016 graduation ceremonies. Graduation caps and gowns are the required attire.

Questions about the Veterinary Medicine commencement event should be directed to Mindy Schminke, 294-0772, schminke@iastate.edu. Questions about all-university commencement events should be directed to the Graduation Office, 294-9372, graduation@iastate.edu.

Other College Convocations and Receptions
The fall 2016 schedule of all other college convocations/receptions follows:  

  • Human Sciences:
  • Business:
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences:
  • Agriculture and Life Sciences:
  • Engineering:

Questions about college convocations/receptions should be directed to the specific college convocation coordinator:

  • Agriculture and Life Sciences: Charley Turner, 294-8653, cfturner@iastate.edu
  • Business: Elizabeth Salton, 294-6882, esalton@iastate.edu
  • Design: Nicole Shimp, 294-7428, neshimp@iastate.edu
  • Engineering:  Emma Estrada, 294-5933, eestrada@iastate.edu
  • Human Sciences: Dynette Mosher, 294-2820, dmosher@iastate.edu
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Amy Juhnke, 294-0461, ajuhnke@iastate.edu

Alumni Association Post-Commencement Reception
The ISU Alumni Association will host a post-commencement reception for fall 2016 graduates at the Alumni Center, 420 Beach Ave., on December 17. The reception will begin immediately after commencement exercises in Hilton Coliseum and run for two hours. It is a free event open to everyone, regardless of alumni or ISUAA member status. Refreshments will be served.