May 7, 2008
Media Advisory: Spring Commencement Coverage
EDITORS AND NEWS DIRECTORS: The University of Iowa will hold commencement ceremonies May 15-18 and June 6. Below are guidelines designed to assist members of the news media while respecting the needs of graduates and their families:
Hancher Auditorium (College of Pharmacy, 10 a.m. Thursday, May 15; Tippie School of Management (M.B.A. program), 10 a.m. Friday, May 16; UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 16; Henry B. Tippie College of Business, 9 a.m. Saturday, May 17; College of Law, 1 p.m. Saturday, May 17; College of Nursing, 5 p.m. Saturday, May 17; College of Engineering, 1 p.m. Sunday, May 18; and College of Dentistry, 3 p.m. Friday, June 6).
--Doors open one hour before starting time. Please use the west entrance to the Hancher lobby.
--No tripods, flashes or lights may be used inside Hancher Auditorium, and no cords or cables may lie on the floor. In other words, please bring your batteries and be prepared to shoot from the shoulder.
--Photographers may shoot from the back of the house or from the balcony. We ask that you be in position before the start of the processional.
Carver Hawkeye Arena (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences -- CLAS -- including College of Education graduates, 9 a.m. Saturday, May 17; Graduate College, 3 p.m. Saturday, May 17)
--You may park in any of the surrounding lots: Lots 33, 40, 43, 65 or 75. For a link to a downloadable PDF of UI Parkings Lots, see http://www.uiowa.edu/~parking/lot_location.pdf.
--Doors open at 8 a.m. for the CLAS commencement, and photographers will be allowed on the arena floor until five minutes before graduates begin the processional. (In other words, they must be off the floor no later than 8:55 a.m.)
--Doors open at 2 p.m. for the Graduate College commencement, and photographers will be allowed on the floor until five minutes before a 2:55 p.m. pre-processional. (In other words, they must be off the floor no later than 2:50 p.m.).
--Full arena lighting will be used, so additional lights should not be necessary. Flashes and tripods are permitted. Cords may not lie on the floor in areas of any foot traffic.
--Photos may be taken from the perimeter or from Press Row at any time during the ceremony.
--Clean audio is available through the arena system.
STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500
MEDIA CONTACT: Lois J. Gray, University of Iowa News Services, 319-384-0077, firstname.lastname@example.org