Graduation Information


Spring 2014 Commencement
Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.
Cowles Fieldhouse
-Indianola Campus
Graduates please arrive at  9:15 a.m. for line up in Smith Chapel

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  • Order Cap & Gown (Deadline-March 20, 2014)
  • Order announcements and class ring
  • Complete federal loan exit counseling
  • Complete your Career Services survey
  • Pay student account in business office (by May 2, 2014)
  • Provide a forwarding address to mailroom
  • Return all library materials
  • Pick up cap and gown (beginning April 21, 2014)

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 important that you complete the Graduate Questionnaire so that you receive the alumni magazine, are notified of special events, reunions, and news from campus. Questionnaires will be available on the student portal. 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 or 800-610-6369. 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, a water tube and a personal message from you. You can link to the order form here.

Announcements may be ordered through the bookstore website at or the Herff Jones website.

Your account must be paid in full by May 2, 2014
. Your transcripts and/or diploma will not be released until your student account is paid in full. For further assistance call ext. 1509 or 1655.

On-campus and Indianola graduates:
To order your cap and gown, please go to the Herff Jones website on or before March 20th. 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 20th, 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 begin April 21, 2014.

West Des Moines and Ankeny Continuing & Graduate Program graduates: To order your cap and gown, please visit the Simpson College Bookstore website or go to the Herff Jones website on or before March 20th. 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 20th, 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’d like to have your cap & gown shipped to either the West Des Moines or Ankeny campuses, please call the bookstore at 515-961-1635 as soon as you place your order on-line to let us know where you’d like to pick up your items. All orders placed online will ship to the Bookstore.  Orders specified to be shipped to the West Des Moines or Ankeny campuses will be SHIPPED TO those locations one week prior to Commencement. To make this request, Continuing and Graduate Program participants should call the bookstore at 961-1635 with their measurements (approximate height and weight). Cap and Gown pick up will begin April 21, 2014.

Whether you are looking for work, thinking about graduate school and/or making a career change, Career Services has a life-long commitment to provide you with assistance with your career-related needs and concerns.  We need to know what you’re doing so please complete this brief survey before you graduate- survey link:  Keep your CareerPaths profile active and updated and keep in touch!  We are here to help, no matter where you are in your career.  Contact Career Services at 515-961-1667 or e-mail

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

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:  DVD’s will e available the week following commencement.    Checks can be made out to Simpson College and mailed to: Simpson College, ATTN: Sheila Allbee, 701 N. C Street, Indianola, IA  50125.

During the Commencement Ceremony each graduate will receive a diploma cover. Diploma’s 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.

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 credits as of March 17, 2014. For more information call the registrar’s office at ext. 1734.

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.

The staff at 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 any questions, please call Karin Hooper at ext. 1518.

Exit Counseling
– Federal regulations require all students borrowing under the Federal Perkins or Federal Stafford 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 Stafford Loan.

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

If you have a campus mail box and will be participating in graduation make sure to fill out an address card in the Simpson bookstore when you pick up your cap and gown. If you have a campus mail box, but will not be participating in graduation 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 in the Mailroom at 515 961-1638.

A professional photographer from Grad Images will take photographs as each graduate is handed a diploma cover and shakes hands with the President of Simpson College. Proof copies will be mailed to each graduate and prints can be ordered from the photographer. Purchase is optional.

All seating is general seating, no tickets are required. Ushers on duty will be pleased to provide assistance

Student Development
Kristie Elbert

Continuing and Graduate Program Offices:
Stacy Lindsley

Becky Armstrong, Ankeny

Paula Palmer, West Des Moines