Graduating Students

Graduating Students—Application and Checklist

Congratulations! Your hard work and determination have paid off and your new job or further education opportunities are waiting for you.

Follow the checklist below to finish the final steps in completing your education at Hawkeye.

Step 1

Run a Program Evaluation

Determine your eligibility for graduation by running a program evaluation. If you have a status of anticipated complete, you are eligible to apply for graduation. Congratulations!

Step 2

Complete a Graduation Application

Why Apply for Graduation?

Your graduation application:

  1. initiates the review of your degree requirements and aids in the completion of your record to show you have officially completed a program.

  2. provides the name you wish to be printed on your diploma.

  3. submits your mailing address and request for a printed diploma.

  4. provides your hometown information so we can contact your local newspaper to announce your graduation.

  5. allows you to participate in the commencement ceremony if you apply by the deadline.

  6. helps Hawkeye track the success of its programs and graduates.

How Do I Apply for Graduation?

You can apply for graduation after registering for your last semester of classes, but must do so by the deadline.

Spring 2015 Graduates

The graduation application deadline was Friday, February 27, 2015.

Summer 2015 Graduates

  1. Register for your last semester of classes.
    Summer registration opens March 23, 2015.

  2. Complete the online graduation application and survey for each program from which you would like to graduate using your My Hawkeye account.

    Graduation application deadline for students wanting to attend the May graduation ceremony: Friday, April 10, 2015.

    All other summer graduation applications are due: Friday, June 26, 2015.

Fall 2015 Graduates

  1. Register for your last semester of classes.
    Fall registration opens March 23, 2015.

  2. Complete the online graduation application and survey for each program from which you would like to graduate using your My Hawkeye account.

    Graduation application deadline for fall graduates: Friday, October 9, 2015.

Step 3

Check Your Hawkeye Email

Check your Hawkeye email often. Many emails are time sensitive.

Emails to watch for:

  • an email letting you know the status of your graduation application.

    If you do not receive this email within 30 days of submitting your graduation application contact the Records Evaluator in the Records office.

  • an email with information about purchasing your cap and gown.

Step 4

Complete Exit Loan Counseling

Complete Loan Exit Counseling if you have Federal Direct Stafford Loans.

Step 5

Purchase Your Cap and Gown

You are not required to participate in the commencement ceremony to graduate from Hawkeye. However, if you wish to participate in the commencement ceremony you will need to purchase a cap, gown, and tassel.

You can purchase your cap, gown, and tassel for $30 at the Bookstore, Hawkeye Center 202, beginning Monday, April 6, 2015. See Bookstore hours.

You can also order online for $30 plus shipping and handling. Students eligible for graduation will receive an email to their Hawkeye email with the web address to order online. Online orders must be submitted by Friday, April 24, 2015.

Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above, verified by Student Life, will receive an honors medallion. The honors medallion can be picked up at the Student Life desk in the Brock Student Center.

Step 6

Celebrate at Commencement!

Hawkeye celebrates the graduation of our students once a year in May for our Fall, Spring, and Summer graduates.

To participate in commencement, graduates must fill out the graduation application by the graduation application deadline and purchase their cap and gown.

Learn more about the Spring 2015 Commencement Ceremony.

Graduation ceremony dvd's will be available for purchase. Pre-order your copy today.

Step 7

Your Diploma

You should receive your diploma in the mail approximately 3-4 weeks after graduation.

If your diploma is undelivered, lost, stolen, or damaged in the mailing process, we regret that we cannot be responsible for the diploma. You will need to order a replacement diploma and pay all associated fees. Thank you for your understanding.

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