A big day for a big accomplishment

The College of Human Sciences Convocation is meant to give you the recognition you deserve.

The College of Human Sciences convocation is a separate event from the office Iowa State University commencement ceremony.  The convocation includes only students from the College of Human Sciences and allows students and their guests a more individualized celebration of their achievement. Diploma covers are not presented at the college event. The covers are presented at the University commencement ceremony.

The Convocation

Who: Undergraduate students approved for graduation or early walks
Time: Friday, Dec. 17, 2021, 2 p.m.
Place: C.Y. Stephens Auditorium

The Fall 2021 College of Human Sciences Convocation will be held in C.Y. Stephens Auditorium on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021. Seating is unlimited and tickets are not required for admission. Attendance is optional.

The College of Human Sciences Convocation will begin promptly at 2 p.m. and last approximately 60 minutes. Doors open to the public at 1 p.m.

The Convocation will include greetings from the Dean of the College, comments by a student speaker, and individual recognition of each graduating student who is in attendance. At the conclusion of the recognition of student award recipients, students will cross the stage as their names are read and be recognized by the Dean and the chair or director of their respective academic department or school. Read more about the fall 2021 honorees here.

Arriving at C.Y. Stephens Auditorium

Check-in begins at 1:15 p.m. at C.Y. Stephens Auditorium. Please enter at the East Tower doors to pick up your reader card. Plan enough time to complete your reader card with your mailing address and email address. You will be instructed where to line up; signs will be posted according to major. Students should be registered and lined up by 1:45 p.m. Leave coats, purses, and other valuables with family or friends.

Directions and parking

Directions to C.Y. Stephens are available. Parking is available in the Iowa State Center parking lot, directly south of Stephens Auditorium.

Cap and gown required

Black gown and cap with maroon tassel are required. These may be purchased from the ISU Book Store, Memorial Union. Students who have successfully completed the Honors Program and/or are graduating with distinction (3.5+ GPA at the end of the spring or summer 2021 semester) are encouraged to wear cords. Face masks encouraged.

Early walks

Those students who wish to participate in the College of Human Sciences Convocation but do not graduate during the current term should submit an early participation request (PDF). Requests will be accepted until Friday, Nov. 19, for the fall convocation.


Invitations will be emailed in October to students at their University email addresses on file with the Office of the Registrar. Families will receive a personal invitation at the permanent addresses on file with the Registrar’s Office. Students who plan to attend the convocation are asked to RSVP on their Iowa State AccessPlus account by Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021.


In order for a student to sign up to attend the College of Human Sciences Convocation, students should log in to AccessPlus. Click on the “student” tab, select “graduation,” and then select “diploma/ceremony.” Complete all of the required fields. The College of Human Sciences Convocation RSVP deadline is Dec. 8, 2021.

Special arrangements

Any graduate or guest who plans to attend the College of Human Sciences Convocation and who will need special assistance during the ceremony, should email Dynette Mosher or call 515-294-2820 prior to the ceremony to make arrangements.

Crossing the stage

The most important part of the convocation is the individual recognition of graduates. Only the names of students who are present will be read. Recognition will be grouped by major. If you have multiple majors or will earn multiple degrees, you will be recognized only once. Please decide which major you wish to be recognized before it is time to line up for the processional. Marshals will lead the graduates to the foot of the stage. The graduates will present their reader cards to the reader and each graduate will cross the stage to be recognized by the Dean and the graduate’s respective department chair or school director, as the graduate’s name is read. Students will return to their seats after crossing the stage.


Diplomas will not be handed out at the CHS Convocation, but rather can be:

  1. Picked up by the graduate in 210 Enrollment Services or
  2. Mailed to the student 2-3 weeks after graduation.

Please contact the Iowa State Graduation Office if you have questions about your diploma options at 515-294-1840.


During the procession, the lights in Hilton will be at full intensity for photographs. Flash attachments are not necessary. High-speed daylight film is recommended for color photography, both still and motion pictures.

Flash Photography will take a photo of each graduate as she/he crosses the stage and is greeted by the Dean. Within one week of the ceremony, graduates will receive electronic proofs. Graduating students may order photos using an online ordering system. However, you are under no obligation to order any photos.

Questions regarding photographs should be directed to:
Flash Photography

Fall CHS Convocation live stream

The Fall 2021 College of Human Sciences Convocation will be streamed live on this page the day of convocation.

Need More Information?

Dynette Mosher

1250G Lagomarcino Hall
901 Stange Road
Ames, IA 50011-1041