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Graduation and Commencement

Graduation preparation:

  • Visit with your advisor every semester before registering for classes so you stay on track to complete your program.
  • Request an Official Degree Audit from the Registrar prior to the start of your final semester of classes to ensure that all graduation requirements will be met.
  • Check the Academic Calendar for graduation application deadline and commencement ceremony information.
  • Apply for graduation on ROC (Reiver Online Campus) during the term in which you intend to graduate.
  • Watch for an email that will provide details about getting your cap and gown and the commencement ceremony.
  • Graduation is free! Be sure to participate in the commencement ceremony and celebrate the culmination of all your hard work!
Commencement Ceremony

The winter and spring commencement ceremonies are held on the Saturday after the last day of the semester at 10:00 a.m. The summer commencement ceremony is held on the last day of the term, which is a Friday, at 7:00 p.m. Graduates participating in the ceremony must be at Reiver Arena in their cap and gown 45 minutes before the start of the ceremony. The doors to the Arena open one hour prior to the ceremony. Graduates that have special needs for seating or the stage should contact the Records and Registration office at [email protected] or at 712-325-3285 as soon as possible. Tickets for guests are not required. Seating at commencement is on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests are encouraged to arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of the ceremony. The ceremony will last approximately one hour. Graduates are asked to return their gowns immediately following the ceremony.

Future ceremony dates:

Spring - Saturday, May 16, 2020
Summer - Friday, July 24, 2020
Winter - Saturday, December 12, 2020
Spring - Saturday, May 15, 2021
Summer - Friday, July 23, 2021
Winter - Saturday, December 11, 2021
Spring - Saturday, May 14, 2022
Summer - Friday, July 22, 2022

Caps, Gowns and Tassels

Iowa Western is pleased to provide a cap, gown and tassel to all graduation candidates for the commencement ceremony at no additional charge. Graduates will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony without the proper academic attire. It is the graduate's responsibility to get measured for the cap and gown in the College Store. Graduates will be invited to pick up their cap and gown the day before the commencement ceremony.  Graduates with a unique name or pronunciation will be given an opportunity to clarify the pronunciation with the name reader. 

Commencement Photography

Family and friends may approach the stage and take pictures or a video; we ask everyone to be aware of other photographers and audience viewing. Lifetouch Photography will be on hand to take photographs before and during the ceremony.

Graduation Honors

Graduates who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher at the beginning of their final semester are eligible to graduate with honors. These students will be given a yellow honors cord to be worn during the commencement ceremony. The cord is to be returned with the gown after the ceremony.

Students who graduate with a cumulative grade point average of 3.9 or higher will graduate with "Highest Honors"; those who graduate with a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 to 3.89 will graduate with "High Honors"; and those who graduate with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 to 3.69 will graduate with "Honors". This recognition will appear on the student's official transcript.

Phi Theta Kappa

Graduates who are members of Phi Theta Kappa will be allowed to wear the Phi Theta Kappa stole. These items can be purchased from the official Phi Theta Kappa store.  Graduates seeking membership will need to contact the Phi Theta Kappa advisor ([email protected]) about becoming a member of this honor society.  


Graduates participating in the commencement ceremony will receive a diploma cover at the commencement ceremony. Diplomas will be mailed approximately four weeks after the ceremony after the Registrar has received final grades and verified that all of the requirements for graduation have been met. Keep in mind that all obligations to the College, including financial obligations, must be met before the diploma and transcript will be released.