These pages have specific graduation details:

Undergraduate CHS celebration

Undergraduate ISU ceremony

Graduate student CHS reception

Summer graduates

The following is general information for graduates and their families spending time in Ames during graduation weekend.


For information about lodging, contact the Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1-800-288-7470, or go to We recommend that you make hotel reservations well in advance, as hotels are usually booked on graduation weekend.

Lunch/dinner plans

Most restaurants in Ames operate on a first-come-first-served basis during graduation weekend and are usually very busy.

Diploma distribution

Students who do not plan to attend the university ceremony should stop by the Graduation Office to pick up a diploma cover.

Diplomas will be mailed about three weeks following the ceremony to the address that students were asked to provide on AccessPlus. For more information about diploma distribution, contact the Graduation Office, 210 Enrollment Services Center (formerly Alumni Hall), 515-294-9372 or visit the website below.

ISU graduation information

For more information about graduation, check out visit the Commencement website.

  • Contact Information

    Dynette Mosher

  • Graduation Video: May 2011

  • Important Dates

    Friday, May 8  CHS Graduation Celebration

    Friday, May 8 Graduate Reception

    Saturday, May 9 ISU Commencement