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Graduate's Checklist


  • Order Cap & Gown (Deadline: March 12, 2023)-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 (April 3, 2023)
  • 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 515-961-1547. 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 and alumni networking activities. Roses are red and include a yellow ribbon and a laminated personal message from you. The message and rose(s) will be placed on your graduate's chair prior to the commencement ceremony.  Orders must be submitted by April 7, 2023 to ensure delivery. You can link to the order form here.

Announcements may be ordered at this link .  It is suggested to order 4-6 weeks prior to graduation.

Your account must be paid in full by April 3, 2023. 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: (March 12, 2023 Deadline)-No Charge for Cap & Gown.
To order your cap and gown, please go to the Jostens Order Site or before March 12, 2023 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 12, 2023 10:59 p.m. CST, please call or visit the Simpson College Spirit Shop. We will have extra caps & gowns available at the spirit shop 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 21, 2023, 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 spirit shop after you place your order, and no later than April 6, 2022.  ALL cap & gown orders are automatically sent to the spirit shop regardless of the address you request online. 

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.

Information coming soon.

During the Commencement Ceremony, each graduate will receive a diploma cover. Diplomas 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  March 15, 2023. For more information call the registrar’s office at 515-961-1642.

Residence Life will send information in early April to all graduating seniors regarding the check-out procedures. If you have any questions please contact the Department of Residence Life at ext. 1306.

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 early April 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 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 April.

If you have a campus mailbox make sure to fill out the Grad Address Form on SC Connect.  First Class mail will be forwarded for one year and magazines for only sixty days.  For additional information please contact Jessica Danielson in the Mailroom at 515-961-1638. 

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.

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.

Student Development
Adrian McNew

Continuing and Graduate Program Offices:
Loretta Collins

Patty Combs, West Des Moines