All spring, summer, and fall 2023 graduates are invited to participate, and the entire Iowa community is invited to attend.

Event Program

About the Celebration

About the Celebration

The Center for Inclusive Academic Excellence is excited to celebrate students graduating in the 2022-2023 year. As a graduate, we would like to say CONGRATULATIONS on your accomplishments. As guests, we want to express our appreciation for your role in their lives. We're a community, and no one can navigate this world alone - thank you.

We happily invite you to the 33rd Annual Center for Inclusive Academic Excellence Graduation Celebration - a special evening of entertainment and celebration. This will be an in-person event hosted in the IMU Main Lounge 180. Join us dressed in whatever makes you feel your best!

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Doors 4:15 p.m.

5 p.m. - 8 p.m. CDT

*From 7 p.m. - 8 p.m., you will be able to take pictures and continue with the celebration of the graduates.*

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Alma Bernal in advance by email at or call 319-335-3555.

The Distinguished Educator Award

The student-nominated Distinguished Educator Award recognizes a faculty or staff member who has exemplified excellence in cultural diversity over the past year. This award is named in honor of Dr. Nancy “Rusty” Barceló, previous Assistant Provost and Director of Opportunity at Iowa. Her commitment, dedication, and desire to assist and promote diversity throughout the University of Iowa were the foundation for creating such an award.

If you are graduating this year, you or your student organization are invited to nominate a UI faculty or staff member dedicated to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus.

The Student Leadership Award


The Student Leadership award recognizes individuals who have made meaningful contributions to the University of Iowa or surrounding communities through their vision and action; their sense of responsibility, devotion, and diligence; and through their inspiration, good judgment, and will. Students receive a certificate designating them as Student Leadership Award recipients.


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Past celebrations

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