Graduation Information

Spring 2018 Commencement
Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
Cowles Fieldhouse, Indianola Campus

Student Check-in begins at 9:15 a.m. in front of Smith Chapel.
Once checked in proceed into Smith Chapel for Line Up

Commencement Day Details View the Campus Map


GRADUATE’S CHECKLIST 

  • Order Cap & Gown (Deadline March 13, 2018)-No Charge
  • Order announcements and class ring
  • Complete federal loan exit counseling
  • Complete your Career Services survey by clicking here.
  • Pay student account in business office (Deadline April 6, 2018)
  • Provide a forwarding address to mailroom
  • Return all library materials
  • Pick up cap and gown (Grad Fair-April 20, 2018)

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION Congratulations from the office of advancement and alumni relations! As you begin the next phase of your Simpson Experience, we hope that you take with you fond memories and lifetime friendships. Upon graduation, you will become part of the Simpson College Alumni Association. There are no dues, but you will enjoy lifelong benefits. It is required that you complete the Graduate Questionnaire distributed by the Office of Career Development and Civic Engagement prior to graduation.  The questionnaire will ensure that you will receive the alumni magazine and are notified of special events, reunions and news from campus. If your contact information changes in the future, please let us know via the Simpson College alumni office website or by calling us at 515-961-1544. Our Simpson alumni are spread throughout the nation and the world. By networking with other proud alumni, you will discover wonderful professional and personal opportunities. Our very best wishes go out to our newest members!

OPTION TO ORDER ROSES Each year, the Student Alumni Association sells roses for commencement as a fundraiser for student activities. Roses are red and include a yellow ribbon and a personal message from you.  The rose and message will be placed on your graduate’s seat prior to the commencement ceremony.   Orders must be submitted by April 10 to ensure delivery.  You can link to the order form here.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announcements may be ordered at www.herffjones.com/college/simpson or generics can be purchased in-store at the bookstore. If ordering online, please order 4-6 weeks prior to graduation.

BUSINESS OFFICE
Your account must be paid in full by April 6, 2018.
Your transcripts and/or diploma will not be released until your student account is paid in full. For further assistance call ext. 1655.

CAPS AND GOWNS (order deadline March 13, 2018)-No Charge for Cap & Gown
To order your cap and gown, please go to the Herff Jones website on or before March 13, 2018. Placing your order on-line will guarantee you have the correct size for your height and weight. If you are not able to place an order on or before March 13th, please call or visit the Simpson College Bookstore. We will have extra caps & gowns available at the bookstore in various sizes but we cannot guarantee we’ll have your exact size. If you have any questions please feel free to call our store at 515-961-1635.   Cap and Gown pick up will be April 20th, unless notified of alternate pick up request.

West Des Moines & Ankeny Delivery
If you want your order sent to the West Des Moines or Ankeny campus, please call or email the bookstore after you place your order.  ALL cap & gown orders are automatically sent to the bookstore regardless of the address you request online.

CAREER DEVELOPMENT & CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
Congratulations on your graduation!  Our office is responsible for collecting data on students’ first-destinations following college.  Please complete this short survey by clicking here.  This survey must be completed to receive your diploma.  As you prepare to graduate, we also encourage you to take advantage of our resources and services.

CLASS RINGS
Students may order rings through the Herff Jones website. For more information, call or stop by the bookstore.

COMMENCEMENT DVD
A DVD of the Commencement Ceremony will be available for purchase at a cost of $15.00 each which includes postage.  To reserve your DVD please email: manda.gibson@simpson.edu.  DVD’s will be mailed within two weeks following commencement for pre-paid orders.  Please make checks payable to: Simpson College and mail to Simpson College, c/o Manda Gibson, 701 N C Street, Indianola, IA  50125.

DIPLOMAS
During the Commencement Ceremony, each graduate will receive a diploma cover. Diplomas will be mailed out approximately 6 weeks following the commencement ceremony once all requirements for completion have been met. Your diploma will be mailed to your permanent address on file in the Registrar’s office.

HONOR GRADUATES
When you check in on commencement day students who are graduating with honors will receive a red and gold neck ribbon with an honors medallion. Students may keep these ribbons and medallions. Honors for the Commencement Ceremony are based on the cumulative GPA and number of earned and registered credits as of March 12, 2018. For more information call the registrar’s office at 515-961-1642.

HOUSING CHECKOUT
Residence Life will send information in early April to all graduating seniors regarding the check-out procedures. If you have any questions please contact the Department of Residence Life at ext. 1592.

LIBRARY MATERIALS
Dunn Library wishes you the best in your lifelong learning adventure – your local libraries will be there! You will receive an e-mail from us in early April if you have any items to return before you leave. If you have questions, please call Terry Trunnell at 515-961-1797.

LOAN INFORMATION

Exit Counseling – Federal regulations require all students borrowing under the Federal Perkins or Federal Direct Loan programs to complete exit counseling prior to graduation. The exit counseling will provide information on your cumulative student loan borrowing and repayment options.

Federal regulations also require TEACH Grant recipients to complete exit counseling prior to graduation in preparation of your teaching commitment. The TEACH Grant exit counseling will prepare you for proper management of your grant should it become payable as a Federal Direct Loan.

Information regarding your loans, grants, and exit counseling will be provided in early April.

MAILROOM
If you have a campus mailbox make sure to fill out a change of address card at the Grad Fair Friday, April 20, 2018 from 11:00 – 1:00 upstairs in Kent – Hubbell II.  If you have a campus mailbox, but will not be able to attend the Grad Fair please stop by the mailroom to let them know what your forwarding address will be. First Class mail will be forwarded for one year and magazines for only sixty days. For additional information contact Sue Bowlin in the Mailroom at 515 961-1638.

PHOTOS
A professional photographer will take photographs as each graduate receives their diploma cover and shakes hands with the President of Simpson College, as well as individually, holding their diploma cover. The graduate will receive an email from the photographer with a link where they can see and order their photographs. Purchase is optional.

TICKETS FOR COMMENCEMENT
All seating is general seating, no tickets are required. Ushers on duty will be pleased to provide assistance to all guests. Anyone who would like to be seated near the sign language interpreters is asked to express that desire to an usher who will direct them to that specific area.

 

Student Development
Jennifer Welch
jenifer.welch@simpson.edu
515-961-1306

Continuing and Graduate Program Offices:
Loretta Collins
loretta.collins@simpson.edu
515-961-1552

Paula Palmer, West Des Moines
paula.palmer@simpson.edu
515-309-3099