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Spring Commencement

The Simpson College 2022 Spring Commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, April 30 at 10 a.m in Cowles Fieldhouse on the Indianola campus. All graduates should arrive in front of Smith Chapel attired in their caps and gowns by 9:15 a.m. 

Graduate's Checklist

Open for Business Graduation Day:

Storm Cellar Bookstore will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

CEREMONY: Doors open at 8:15 a.m. All seating is general seating, no tickets are required. Ushers on duty will be pleased to provide assistance to all guests. Anyone who would like to be seated near the sign language interpreters is asked to express that desire to an usher who will direct them to that specific area. 

PARKING AND BUILDING ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION: The north section of the Pedestrian Plaza (south of Girard Avenue) is open to two-way traffic to accommodate drop-offs only in front of the Kent Campus Center. No parking will be allowed on the Pedestrian Plaza.

LIVE STREAM: A live stream link for the ceremony will be posted on the Simpson Website the day prior to the ceremony.

PHOTOGRAPHER: A professional photographer will take photographs as each graduate receives their diploma cover from 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.

RECEPTION: A reception with light refreshments will be held following the ceremony on the Pedestrian Plaza in front of the Kent Campus Center.

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: 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 March 18, 2022. For more information call the registrar’s office at 515-961-1642.

CAPS AND GOWNS: To order your cap and gown, please go to the Herff Jones website on or before March 15, 2022 10:59 p.m. CST. 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 15, 2022 10:59 p.m. CST, 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 April 20, 2022, unless notified of alternate pick up request. 

WEST DES MOINES DELIVERY: If you want your order sent to the West Des Moines campus, please call or email the bookstore after you place your order, and no later than April 10, 2022.  ALL cap & gown orders are automatically sent to the bookstore regardless of the address you request online. 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the office of academic affairs (515-961-1720) or the registrar’s office (515-961-1642).