College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Fall 2023 Undergraduate Convocation
Graduating students: we are proud of you! If you’ve already graduated, please take a moment to fill out our post-graduation survey. If you’re graduating soon, here are some details you’ll want to know about both our college and the university ceremonies.
Who: Undergraduate students approved for graduation or early walks
Date: Friday, December 15, 2023
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Place: Stephens Auditorium
Dress for students: Black cap and gown and graduation tassel. See more details below.
Purpose: To recognize all undergraduate students graduating from the college
Ceremony Live Stream: A YouTube livestream will be set up for students to share with family and friends for Fall 2023.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) Convocation is a separate event from the official Iowa State University commencement ceremonies. Convocation only includes students from the LAS college and offers students and their guests a more personalized celebration of their achievement. Seating is unlimited, and no tickets are required. Attendance is optional.
The LAS Convocation will include greetings from the Dean of the college, a student speaker, and individual recognition of graduating students in attendance. Students will cross the stage as their names and a personal quote are read, and they will be recognized by the Dean and a faculty representative from their department. A professional photographer will take photos of each student and send proofs to each student for optional purchase. We estimate the event will last no longer than 90 minutes.
How to register
Students are required to register in advance to attend the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Convocation. No tickets are required for your guests. LAS graduating seniors planning to participate should fill out the graduation form in AccessPlus. Click on the “student” tab and select “graduation” and then “diploma/ceremony.” Complete all your required fields. Students will also be able to see what honors they may be graduating with in AccessPlus. Students who have not completed their diploma/ceremony form two weeks prior to the event are not guaranteed to be listed in the LAS program.
Students participating in the LAS convocation are required to wear academic attire (black cap and gown and LAS graduation tassel) which may be obtained through the ISU Bookstore. LAS graduation tassel colors are as follows: LAS Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree (White), LAS Bachelor of Arts degree (White), LAS Bachelor of Science degree (Gold), and LAS Bachelor of Music degree (pink). Students are also encouraged to wear any honor cords or stoles they may have received for academic honors or other distinctions. Graduating seniors who have successfully completed the Honors Program and/or are graduating with distinction (3.5+ GPA at the end of the Spring 2023 semester) are encouraged to wear honor cords which can be picked up at 210 Enrollment Services. Graduates of ROTC programs have the option to wear their commissioning uniforms and are encouraged to do so if they would like.
Arrival instructions for LAS convocation
Please arrive at Stephens Auditorium by 3:15 p.m. for student check-in, which will be located near the loading dock behind Stephens. Signs will be posted directing students. Keep in mind it can take a few minutes to trek to Stephens from the parking lot. Give yourself time so you can be at check–in promptly at 3:15.
Plan to leave any valuables or bags with a family member or friend. We cannot hold them for you, and you may not return to the same seat after you walk across the stage during the ceremony.
Your diploma covers are presented at the University ceremony. If you do not plan to attend the University ceremony, you can see the options for obtaining a diploma cover at the Graduation Office website. Please contact the Graduation Office at 515-294-1840 if you have questions about diplomas. Details about the University Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony for graduates and guests can be found at: graduation.iastate.edu.