Iowa Universities With In Person Graduation

It's been almost a year since the entire world was upended by this pandemic. For many people, this meant that many of life's biggest milestones were postponed or even cancelled. Everyone knows someone who had to move an important event around in their schedule due to COVID. One large group who experienced and will probably continue to see this first hand is high school and college graduates.

However, some university students just might get to graduate in person after all. Here are some of the universities that are expecting to graduate in person if everything goes according to plan.

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Iowa State

In a statement on the university's website, Iowa State officials posted about the plans for graduation earlier last month. The commencement will move forward with modifications including such as a shorter degree conferment ceremony for Bachelor graduation. The statement from the university states:

"These decisions have been informed by our monitoring of COVID-19 on campus and in the community, as well as our experience with safely allowing limited attendance at athletic events where guests wear face coverings and practice physical distancing. While it is our intent to offer modified in-person commencement activities, we will change course if necessary and as conditions warrant to maintain the safety of our graduates and guests."

University of Northern Iowa

UNI just like Iowa State grads will be required to wear face coverings and socially distance. University of Iowa however officials are currently still mining through the details for their own ceremonies.

Photo By: Elwin Huffman - Townsquare Media
Photo By: Elwin Huffman - Townsquare Media

University of Iowa

The latest information about the event has University of Iowa students trading in their cap and gowns for a remote control and sweatpants. For students at this college, commencement will be completely virtual, according to the school's website.

Upper Iowa University

As reported by KWWL, Upper Iowa University will be holding in person graduation ceremonies. The commencement is scheduled to take place on May 8th. Students from last year's class who were dealt a rough blow by COVID, are being invited back to be honored.


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