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.
Complete a Graduation Application
Why Apply for Graduation?
Your graduation application:
initiates the review of your degree requirements and aids in the completion of your record to show you have officially completed a program.
provides the name you wish to be printed on your diploma.
submits your mailing address and request for a printed diploma.
provides your hometown information so we can contact your local newspaper to announce your graduation.
allows you to participate in the commencement ceremony if you apply by the deadline.
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.
Register for your last semester of classes.
- Fall 2015 registration opens March 23, 2015.
- Spring 2016 registration opens November 2, 2015.
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:
- Fall 2015 graduates: Friday, October 9, 2015.
- Spring 2016 graduates: Friday, February 26, 2016.
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.
Complete Exit Loan Counseling
Complete Exit Loan Counseling if you have Federal Direct Stafford Loans.
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.
Cap, gown, and tassel can be purchased for $30.
You can purchase your cap, gown, and tassel at the Hawkeye Bookstore starting Monday, April 25 (see Bookstore hours) or at the Grad Fair.
Grad Fair, Wednesday, April 27 from 10:00am–2:00pm. At the Grad Fair, you will be able to:
- Purchase your cap, gown, and tassel.
- Purchase graduation memorabilia.
- Visit with staff from Financial Aid, the Business Office, Records and Registration, and Student Services.
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.
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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