Award recipients at the 2022 International Student Graduation ceremony

This graduation event is held each year to celebrate the countless achievements of our international students and their accomplishments in reaching graduation. All international students – undergraduate and graduate – are invited to participate in this celebration. The graduation will include a student speaker, reading of names and conferral of affinity cords, and a reception with light refreshments following the ceremony.

  • When: Thursday, May 11, 2023, 3:00 - 5:30 p.m. CT (with reception afterwards)
  • Where: Senate Chamber, Old Capitol Museum

Graduate registration:

Graduate Registration Form

Deadline: Sunday, April 9, 11:59 p.m. CT

Non-graduate registration:

For campus partners, students, staff, faculty, and community members.

Please check back soon for non-graduate registration.

If seating exceeds capacity, priority will be given to graduating students and their immediate families.

Award nomination:

During the graduation, we will also recognize graduates with awards dedicated for international students. If you would like to submit a nomination for yourself, please fill out this nomination form by Sunday, April 9, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. CT:

Award Nomination Form

In addition, as a reminder, if you are in F-1 status and wish to use Optional Practical Training (OPT) after graduation, please apply early! Visit this page to learn more about OPT and come and talk to one of the ISSS advisor with more details of your application during walk-in hours.

We are looking forward to celebrating this incredible milestone with you. If you have any questions regarding the International Student Affinity Graduation, please contact


The International Student Graduation is planned by a campus wide planning committee consisted of students, staff, and administrator. This graduation is a collaboration between International Programs, Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DDEI), International Student Support and Engagement (ISSE), and is made possible by support from Carver College of Medicine, College of Dentistry, College of Education, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Law, College of Nursing, Graduate and Professional Student Government, Graduate College, Tippie College of Business, and University Libraries.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Shuhui Lin in advance at (319) 335-0335 or