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 Determine Your Eligibility for Graduation

Run an Academic Evaluation

You will need to run an academic evaluation to determine your eligibility for graduation. If you have a status of Pending (Anticipated complete), you are eligible to apply for graduation. Congratulations!

If a program you are applying for graduation is not in your list of active programs, contact the Records and Registration office to have your program activated.

Am I Eligible to Participate in the May 2021 Commencement Ceremony?

Students who complete certificates, diplomas, or associate degree programs during the fall 2020, spring 2021, or summer 2021 semesters are eligible to participate in the May 2021 Commencement Ceremony.

Step 2 Complete a Graduation Application

Completing the graduation application will:

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

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

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

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

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

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

How Do I Apply for Graduation?

  1. Register for your last semester of classes.

  2. After you have registered for your last semester of classes, complete the online graduation application and survey for each program from which you are eligible to graduate from using your My Hawkeye account.

Graduation application dates and deadlines
Grad App Available Deadline
Fall 2020 graduate March 23, 2020 November 30, 2020 by 4:30pm
Spring 2021 graduate November 2, 2020 March 1, 2021 by 4:30pm
Summer 2021 graduate March 22, 2021

If participating in the graduation ceremony:
April 9, 2021 by 4:30pm

If not participating in the graduation ceremony:
July 14, 2021

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 specialist in the Records and Registration office.

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

Your Hawkeye email address will remain active for six months after you graduate. If you want to receive updates on the graduation ceremony at another email address, update your contact information in My Hawkeye > WebAdvisor for Students > Academic Profile > My Profile.

Step 4 Complete Exit Loan Counseling

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

Step 5 Purchase Your Cap and Gown

You are not required to participate in the commencement ceremony to graduate from Hawkeye, however, we encourage you to attend. Graduation is a time to celebrate all you've accomplished!

If you wish to participate in the commencement ceremony you will need to purchase a cap, gown, and tassel. The cost is $29.95 and can be purchased two ways:

  1. Attend the Grad Fair on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 or Wednesday, April 21, 2021 from 11:00am–1:00pm in the Brock Student Center. In addition to purchasing your cap, gown, and tassel you can visit with staff from Financial Aid, Records and Registration, Student Services, Career Services, and the Foundation. You can also enter to win one of three prizes including free cap and gown + a Hawkeye sweatshirt, an air fryer, and a $50 gift card!


  2. Beginning Monday, April 26, visit the Hawkeye Bookstore (located at the Brock Student Center) to purchase your cap, gown, and tassel.

A note on Cap Decorations

Cap decorations are ok, however, excessive decorations on caps are distracting and therefore inappropriate. Hawkeye reserves the right to require you to remove any alterations deemed inappropriate by authorized college officials before you are permitted to participate in the ceremony. Examples of inappropriate embellishment include, but are not limited to:

Caps with vulgar language, inappropriate verbiage, or photos/graphic images. Caps with lights, balloons, and other items that could pose a safety hazard. Decorations that obstruct the view of people seated behind the graduate. Designs with vertical structures or décor; elements used in the design must lay as flat to the cap as possible.

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 2021 Commencement Ceremony.

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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