How do I apply for graduation?
Apply for graduation by clicking on the
Academics tab via MyIUP, then going to “Academic Record” and choosing Apply
for Undergraduate Graduation.
Who is eligible to participate in the Commencement Ceremony?
How can I be sure I am eligible to graduate?
When will I receive my diploma?
Diplomas are mailed two to six weeks after the last
term of attendance.
Am I required to attend the university commencement ceremony?
All graduating undergraduate students are
encouraged, but not required, to attend. The main objective of the ceremony is
to recognize those individuals who have dedicated their time and energy to
achieve this award.
How long is the Commencement Ceremony?
Typically, ceremonies last approximately two
hours, depending on the size of the graduating class.
Is the Commencement Ceremony ticketed?
Are there separate May Commencement Ceremonies for graduate and undergraduate students?
Are there separate December Commencement Ceremonies for graduate and undergraduate students?
Do I need to confirm my attendance prior to attending?
Yes. Students must confirm their attendance on their MyIUP home page to participate in the
commencement ceremonies. You must first
apply for graduation (see How do I apply for graduation?). An overnight process needs to occur after
applying before you will be able to confirm your attendance.
How many family members and friends may attend?
May children attend the ceremony?
Yes, they may attend. Children age three and over require a ticket.
Children under the age of three do not require a ticket, but must remain on the
lap of another attendee. The ceremonies can be lengthy, and children may get
restless. Use your discretion to
determine if the child should attend.
Is there a commencement rehearsal?
No, there is no rehearsal.
Will there be an opportunity to mingle with family, friends, and professors?
Where do I report for my Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony?
Graduating seniors will follow directional
signage and use the
dedicated, graduates-only, entrance #21 located on the west/stadium side of the
Kovalchick Complex for the Undergraduate Commencement
Do graduating seniors need to check-in upon arrival at the KCAC?
Yes. Upon arrival at the KCAC there will be staff available to direct you to
either the loading dock or the PNC room, based on your college. You will be given a line-up card that will
place you in alphabetical order, by college, for the procession and seating for
How will I know what to do when I arrive at the KCAC?
Is there parking available at the KCAC?
is free at the KCAC on the day of the commencement ceremony!
Is the venue for the Commencement Ceremony accessible to the disabled?
Yes, the KCAC is accessible. Please visit the KCAC website
for more details.
What time will my family be able to enter the KCAC?
The KCAC will open its doors at 11:30 a.m.
Where may I find more information about Commencement Honors?
Traditional Latin honors are awarded at graduation to first bachelor’s degree candidates with appropriate academic records. Calculation is based on all undergraduate credits and quality points earned at IUP. Graduation honors are not granted for second
(subsequent) degrees. The distinctions are:
laude: 3.25 to 3.49 cumulative GPA
cum laude: 3.50 to 3.74 cumulative GPA
cum laude: 3.75 to 4.00 cumulative GPA
medallions are awarded based on the GPA of the last term completed.
Will there be vendors at the ceremony?
Yes, vendors will sell
flowers, balloons, and water. The Co-op Store will also have a table with alumni items for sale along the upper concourse.
Where can I purchase my cap and gown?
Caps and gowns can be pre-ordered online, or by following the link on the Co-op Store website. Cap and gown pre-orders must be submitted by October 21, 2019. They will be available for pickup at the Graduation Fair, hosted by the Registrar’s Office. This event helps graduates take care of all graduation needs at once. It will be held in the Ohio Room in the Hadley Union Building (HUB).
If you do not or cannot attend this event, you can purchase or pick up your cap and gown order at the Co-op Store, located in the Hadley Union Building. The cost of a cap and gown, which the student may keep, is:
The IUP graduation sash (in school colors) is available for $34.93, with tax included.
Please visit the Co-op Store website for additional questions, store times, or other contact information.
Must I wear my cap and gown?
On which side of my cap do I wear my tassel?
Before candidates receive their degrees,
the tassel is worn on the right side of the cap. After the conferral of the
degree, the tassel is moved to the left side.
Will I have my photograph taken by a professional photographer at the Commencement Ceremony?
Yes, a professional photography company takes pictures. They will contact you by your IUP email
following the event.
How can I get my diploma if I am not attending the ceremony?
Diplomas will be mailed within two to six weeks
after the ceremony. Diploma covers are
given at the ceremony. If you do not
attend the ceremony, a diploma cover may be purchased at the Co-op Store.
What should I do if I have not received any information regarding graduation/the undergraduate university commencement ceremony, but I have applied for graduation?
Can I attend the Commencement Ceremony if I still have holds?
Yes, but you will not receive your diploma,
so it is pertinent to take care of these holds ASAP.
Can my friends and relatives who are unable to attend watch the ceremony?
I’m a faculty member; when do I need to order my regalia?
Faculty planning to
participate in the academic processions at Commencement are reminded that the
deadline for ordering rental regalia at the Co-Op Store is November 30. Faculty
can stop in or call the Co-Op Store. Cost sheets, info packets, and rental
information are available and should be taken care of on or before November 30 to
receive regalia for graduation.