December 2015 Commencement will be held Saturday, December 19 at 10:00 a.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 9:15 a.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 19, 2015. 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.
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 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.
RECEPTION: Everyone is invited to a small reception in the Kent Student Center immediately following the ceremony.
DIPLOMAS: At commencement, all participating will receive a diploma cover during the ceremony. Diplomas will be mailed approximately six 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 October 30, 2015. A minimum of 64 credits earned at Simpson are required for honors eligibility.
CAPS AND GOWNS
On-campus and Indianola graduates: To order your cap and gown, please go to the Herff Jones website on or before November 3, 2015. 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 3rd, 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 4, 2015. 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 3, 2015. 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 3rd, 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 4, 2015. There is no charge for the cap and gown.
PHOTOGRAPHER: A professional photographer will take a photo of each student participant during the ceremony. You will receive details on ordering prints closer to the event.
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)