Friday, April 26, 2013
Baccalaureate – Smith Chapel 7 p.m.
Spring 2013 Commencement
Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.
Cowles Fieldhouse-Indianola Campus
- Order Cap & Gown (by March 14)
- Complete senior questionnaire (by March 15)
- Order announcements and class ring
- Complete federal loan exit counseling (in April)
- Pay student account in business office (by April 5)
- Provide a forwarding address to mailroom
- Return all library materials
- Pick up cap and gown (April 22 through April 27)
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 Alumni Association Questionnaire so that you receive the alumni magazine, are notified of special events, reunions, and news from campus. Questionnaires will be available in the Kent atrium during commencement week. If your contact information changes, please let us know via the 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. Bouquets are placed on the graduates chair prior to the ceremony. Orders will be taken through April 19. Follow this link for the order form Rose Order Form.
Your account must be paid in full by April 5, 2013. 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 March 14th. 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 14th, 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. Caps and gowns may be picked up at the bookstore from Monday, April 22nd through Saturday, April 27th during our regular business hours. If you have any questions please feel free to call our store at 515-961-1635
West Des Moines and Ankeny Evening, Weekend, and 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 14th. 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 14th, 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. Orders specified to be shipped to the West Des Moines or Ankeny campuses will be SHIPPED TO those locations Friday, April 20th. Orders specified to be picked up at the Simpson College Bookstore in Indianola may be picked up there from Monday, April 22nd through Saturday, April 27th during our regular business hours. If you have any questions please feel free to call our store at 515-961-1635.
Remember that all of our services are available to you as alumni. Contact the career services office for job search planning, resume critiquing, consultation regarding graduate school, and other career-related concerns. If you are interested in receiving e-mails regarding job openings, please send an e-mail to email@example.com indicating the e-mail address to which they should be sent and listing the fields in which you are interested, subject line: Simpson Grad. Do you already have a job or plan to attend graduate school? We would love to know! Contact Career Services at 515-961-1667 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the Commencement Ceremony each graduate will receive a diploma cover. Diploma’s will be mailed out approximately 8 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.
A DVD of the graduation ceremony will be available for $15. Please contact Sheila Allbee to order.
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 as of March 18, 2013. For more information call the registrar’s office at ext. 1734.
Shortly before Commencement, cords will be put in the mail boxes of students who have been inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa. Inside the envelope with the honor cord will be a return envelope in which students are to return the cords by campus mail after graduation. For more information call the student development office at ext. 1592.
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 March.
If you have a campus mail box make sure to stop by the mailroom to let them know that 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.
You will receive a SENIOR QUESTIONNAIRE on or before March 11, 2013 which must be returned to the registrar’s office by March 15, 2013 in order to complete your graduation process. The registrar’s office needs to know whether or not you plan to attend the ceremony and the pronunciation of your name.
TICKETS FOR COMMENCEMENT
No tickets are required to attend the Commencement Ceremony. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors for the Cowles seating areas will open at approximately 8:15 a.m.
Evening, Weekend, and Graduate Program Offices:
Ginger Hermon, Indianola
Becky Armstrong, Ankeny
Paula Palmer, West Des Moines