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Graduation Information

December 2020 Commencement has been postponed.  Students that were eligible to participate in the December Commencement will be invited to participate in the May 2021 commencement ceremony.   Additional communications will come about details for that day.




  • Order Cap & Gown (Deadline: December 15, 2020)-No Charge
  • Order announcements and class ring
  • Complete federal loan exit counseling
  • Complete your Career Services survey by clicking here.
  • Pay student account in business office (November 23, 2020)
  • Provide a forwarding address to mailroom
  • Return all library materials
  • Pick up cap and gown 

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 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!

Announcements may be ordered at www.herffjones.com/college/simpson or generics can be purchased in-store at the bookstore. If ordering online, please order 4-6 weeks prior to graduation.

Your account must be paid in full by November 23, 2020. 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 December 15, 2020)-NO CHARGE FOR CAP & GOWN
To order your cap and gown, please go to the Herff Jones website on or before December 15, 2020. Placing your order on-line will guarantee you have the correct size for your height and weight. Caps and gowns will be shipped directly to you after you order.  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.  Please schedule an appointment through Handshake.

Students may order rings through the Herff Jones website. For more information, call or stop by the bookstore.

Diplomas and diploma covers will be mailed approximately 6 weeks after your degree has posted to your academic record.  They will be mailed to your permanent address on file in the Registrar’s office.

When you receive your diploma and diploma cover in the mail, 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 campus announcement based on the cumulative GPA and number of earned and registered credits as of October 23, 2020. Actual honors earned will be listed on your diploma, transcript, and in the commencement bulletin at the ceremony.  For more information call the registrar’s office at 515-961-1642.

Residence Life will send information in November 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 lifelong learning adventure – your local libraries are there for you! You will receive an e-mail from us in late November if you have any items to return before you leave. If you have questions, please email Terry at terry.trunnell@simpson.edu.


Exit Counseling – Federal regulations require all students borrowing under the Federal Perkins or Federal Direct 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 Direct Loan.

Information regarding your loans, grants, and exit counseling will be provided in early to mid-November.

If you have a campus mailbox make sure to fill out a change of address card at the mailroom prior to leaving campus. First Class mail will be forwarded for one year and magazines for only sixty days.  For additional information please contact the Mailroom at 515-961-1638.