Graduation Information

 

December 2014 Commencement
Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.
Smith Chapel-Indianola Campus

Graduates please arrive at  1:15 p.m. for line up in the Amy Robertson Music Building

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 GRADUATE’S CHECKLIST 

  • Order Cap & Gown (Deadline-October 28, 2014)
  • Order announcements and class ring
  • Complete federal loan exit counseling
  • Complete your Career Services survey
  • Pay student account in business office (by December 1, 2014)
  • Provide a forwarding address to mailroom
  • Return all library materials
  • Pick up cap and gown (beginning December 1, 2014)

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 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 mailed to your permanent address. 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
Announcements may be ordered through the bookstore website at www.simpson.bkstr.com or the Herff Jones website.

BUSINESS OFFICE
Your account must be paid in full by December 1, 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.

CAPS AND GOWNS
On-campus and Indianola graduates:
To order your cap and gown, please go to the Herff Jones website on or before October 28th. 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 October 28th, 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 December 1, 2014.  There is no charge for the cap and gown.

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 October 28th. 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 October 28th, 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 December 1, 2014.  There is no charge for the cap and gown.

CAREER SERVICES
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: https://stormfront.simpson.edu/resources/studev/Lists/SeniorGraduate%20Survey/NewForm.aspx.  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 careers@simpson.edu.

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: sheila.allbee@simpson.edu.  DVD’s will be 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.

DIPLOMAS
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.

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 credits as of November 15, 2014. For more information call the registrar’s office at ext. 1734.

HOUSING CHECKOUT
Residence Life will send information in early December 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
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 December if you have any items to return before you leave. If you have any questions, please call Karin Hooper at ext. 1518.

LOAN INFORMATION
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 November.

MAILROOM
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.

PHOTOS
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.

TICKETS FOR COMMENCEMENT
We will not be issuing tickets for your guests, however seating is extremely limited. Please limit the number of your guests to no more than four people. Guests should plan to be seated by 1:45 p.m. Those arriving late will be seated in the overflow area with a live video feed of the ceremony. There will be a wheelchair available and there are spaces at the end of pews where a wheelchair can be comfortably placed.  Ushers will be available in the Chapel to assist with seating.

 

Student Development
Tammy Miller
Tammy.Miller@simpson.edu
515-961-1304

Continuing and Graduate Program Offices:
Stacy Lindsley
stacy.lindsley@simpson.edu
515-961-1614

Becky Armstrong, Ankeny
becky.armstrong@simpson.edu
515-965-9355

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