Iowa State fall commencement Dec. 15-16

President Wintersteen shakes hands with students at fall 2022 commencement

Iowa State President Wendy Wintersteen shakes hands with students during fall 2022 commencement at Hilton Coliseum. Photo by Christopher Gannon (larger image).

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University will celebrate fall graduates and their accomplishments during two ceremonies this weekend at Hilton Coliseum.

An estimated 1,809 students are completing degrees this semester. That includes an estimated 1,491 bachelor’s degree recipients who will be honored during a 1:30 p.m. ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 16.

Ruki Neuhold-Ravikumar portrait


Alumna Ruki Neuhold-Ravikumar, who stepped down last month as president of the Kansas City Art Institute, will give the address. Prior to her work at the art institute, she served for five years in administration roles at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., and New York City; and for 13 years in the College of Fine Arts and Design at the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond.

Graduate College ceremony

Adam Schwartz, director of the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames National Laboratory, will give the address during the Graduate College’s ceremony. An estimated 224 master’s and 94 doctoral students will be honored at 7 p.m. on Dec. 15.

Adam Schwartz portrait


Schwartz also is professor of materials science and engineering at Iowa State. Previously, he spent nearly 23 years as a materials science researcher and administrator at the DOE's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California.

Tickets are not required for either ceremony at Hilton. Both events will be livestreamed.

College celebrations

Iowa State's six undergraduate colleges will honor their students during college receptions and convocations Dec. 15-16. Professional students (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) in the College of Veterinary Medicine graduate once a year, in May. The college events schedule is: