Graduation Information

Commencement will proceed as planned at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 17.   If the weather prevents you and your guests from attending due to travel safety concerns, contact the registrar during the next week, and you will have the option of participating in the April commencement ceremony.


December 2016 Commencement
Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.
Smith Chapel, Indianola Campus
Graduates please arrive at 9:15 a.m. in Amy Robertson Music Center
for check in and line up.

Commencement Day Details View the Campus Map


  • Order Cap & Gown (November 2, 2016)
  • 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 December 2, 2016)
  • Provide a forwarding address to mailroom
  • Return all library materials
  • Pick up cap and gown

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!

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.   Orders must be submitted by December 5 to ensure delivery.  You can link to the order form here.

Announcements may be ordered at the bookstore or through their website at .

Your account must be paid in full by December 2, 2016.
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 November 2, 2016)

On-campus and Indianola graduates: To order your cap and gown, please go to the Herff Jones website on or before November 2, 2016. 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 November 2nd, 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 12th.  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 November 2, 2016. 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 November 2, 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 12, 2016.  There is no charge for the cap and gown.

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.

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 be mailed the week 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.

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 and registered credits as of October 28, 2016. For more information call the registrar’s office at ext. 1734.

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.

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 questions, please call Terry Trunnell at 515-961-1797.


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.

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 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.

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 9:45 a.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.  Please remember that food and beverages are not allowed inside the chapel.


Student Development
Jennifer Welch

Continuing and Graduate Program Offices:
Loretta Collins

Becky Armstrong, Ankeny

Paula Palmer, West Des Moines