December Commencement

December 2013 Commencement will be held Saturday, December 14 at 2:00 p.m. in Smith Chapel on the Indianola campus. All graduates must be in the lobby of the Amy Robertson Music Building to line up at 1:15 p.m.

Open for Business Graduation Day:

Millie’s  9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Millies’ prodly pours Starbucks branded coffee and specialty coffee drinks.
Red Mango 10:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Red Mango is a national branded yogurt smoothie concept with several varieties of yogurts and fruited smoothie selections.
Simpson College Bookstore   Noon to 5:00 p.m.

CEREMONY: Simpson College celebrates two commencement ceremonies each academic year; one at the end of the fall term and one at the end of the spring term. A student who is eligible for the December ceremony may elect to participate in either December or in the following spring ceremony, but not both. To be eligible for the December ceremony, a student must have no more than two courses (8 credits) to complete after December 14, 2013.  Students whose name has appeared in an earlier commencement program are not eligible to participate in an additional commencement ceremony, unless receiving a second Simpson Degree.

DIPLOMAS: At commencement, all participating will receive a diploma cover during the ceremony. Diplomas will be mailed approximately eight weeks from when completion has been recorded and verified.  Your diploma will be mailed to your permanent address on file in the Registrar’s office.

HONORS: Specific Latin honors will be listed in the commencement program and will be based on the cumulative GPA available as of November 15, 2013. A minimum of 64 credits earned at Simpson are required for honors eligibility.

CAP & GOWN: Participants in the December Commencement may order your cap and gown on the Bookstore website. The order deadline is October 29, 2013.  Cap and gown pick up will be at the Simpson College Bookstore between December 3 and prior to 12:45 p.m. on December 14, 2013. The Bookstore will have all sizes of caps and gowns in stock, and the staff will help you choose the correct size. Continuing & Graduate participants from West Des Moines and Ankeny can request their caps and gowns be shipped to their respective campuses one week prior to Commencement. To make this request, Continuing & Graduate participants should call the bookstore at 961-1635 with their measurements (approximate height and weight) before December 3, 2013.

PHOTOGRAPHER: A photographer will take a photo of each student participant during the ceremony. You will receive details on ordering prints closer to the event.

GUESTS:  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.

RECEPTION: Everyone is invited to a small reception in the Kent Student Center immediately following the ceremony.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the office of academic affairs (515-961-1720) or the registrar’s office (515-961-1734)