University of Iowa


The University of Iowa welcomes the Class of 2023 with Convocation, where our newest Hawkeyes commit to the ideals of The IOWA Challenge to: excel, stretch, engage, choose, and serve.

Convocation brings our community together in a special way and at a special place—before the Old Capitol in the heart of our campus. The event begins with the ringing of the Old Capitol bell and a procession of faculty and staff in full academic regalia.

Convocation symbolizes our commitment to you, our students, and your commitment to us and to each other—to live and learn together.

2019 Convocation Speakers: 

President Bruce Harreld

Associate Provost Tanya Uden-Holman

Vice President Melissa Shivers

Provost Montse Fuentes

Class of 2023 Student Speaker