The University of Iowa


Convocation 2021 

The University of Iowa welcomes new students and opens the academic year 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.

Audition to be the Class of 2025 Convocation Speaker.

2021 Convocation Speakers: 

President Barbara Wilson

Associate Provost Tanya Uden-Holman

Vice President Sarah Hansen

Class of 2025 Student Speaker