Graduation Information

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Graduation Information

Congratulations on Your Accomplishments!

Follow the steps below to prepare for and celebrate your graduation from Kirkwood. 

 

Graduation Checklist

✔ 1. Apply for graduation.

You must apply for graduation in order to have your diploma awarded when you complete your studies. Be sure to apply by April 1 to have your name included in the commencement book.

It's quick and easy to check if you are ready to apply for graduation:

  • In MyHub, click Program Progress to view your degree audit.
  • Within the Degree Audit screen, select your program and click submit.
  • On the first page of your audit, locate the Program Summary. It should say Pending (Anticipated Complete).

If your audit doesn’t show the pending status, but you’re sure you should be ready to graduate, contact your advisor immediately.

Once you have confirmed that you are ready to graduate:

  • Visit the Graduation Application
  • Click on Apply next to your program of study, complete the form, and click Submit.

Then sit back and give yourself a pat on the back!

✔ 2. Attend the Grad Fair.

 

2022 Grad Fair

April 28, 2022 | 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Kirkwood Bookstore | Cedar Rapids Main Campus 

 

The Grad Fair is your opportunity to:

  • Purchase your cap and gown ($37)
  • Verify that you have met all graduation requirements
  • Speak with representatives from the Transfer Center and Career Services

If you would prefer to have your cap and gown shipped to your home, you can order online from Herff Jones (additional $7.95 shipping fee). The deadline for placing ship-to-home orders is April 16, 2022.


 ✔ 3. Participate in Kirkwood's annual commencement ceremony.

 

2022 Commencement Ceremony

May 14, 2022 | 10 a.m.
Alliant Energy PowerHouse | 370 1st Ave NE, Cedar Rapids

 

Kirkwood commencement exercises are held once each year in May. Graduates who complete their final program in the Fall 2021, Spring 2022, or Summer 2022 term are invited to attend the May 2022 ceremony. Participation is voluntary.

See the Commencement FAQs below for more details!


 ✔ 4. Join Kirkwood's alumni community.

You're an alumnus now! Join our LinkedIn group to stay plugged in to Kirkwood news, events, and updates tailored especially for you. 

Commencement FAQs

Yes, 2020 and 2021 graduates are welcome to participate in the 2022 commencement ceremony. If you would like to celebrate your achievement by walking across the stage, please email commencement@kirkwood.edu to get on the list for the May 2022 event.

If you have applied to graduate for Fall 2021, Spring 2022, or Summer 2022, you will receive your commencement invitation in the mail in mid-April. You will also receive an invitation in your Kirkwood email account.

No, the ceremony is open to the public and attendees do not need to purchase tickets or RSVP. This is subject to change if COVID restrictions are in place at the time of the event.

The doors open at 9 a.m., and you must arrive by 9:15 a.m. at the latest. Please be dressed in your cap and gown when you arrive. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. and lasts approximately two hours, depending on the number of graduates.

On the graduation application form, you can indicate whether you or your guests need any special accommodations at the ceremony. You can also email commencement@kirkwood.edu to request accommodations.

You can purchase your cap and gown at Kirkwood’s Cedar Rapids or Iowa City Bookstore between April 29-May 13. If you are unable to visit the Bookstore in person, be sure to order your cap and gown online through Herff Jones by April 16, 2022 (there is an additional $7.95 shipping charge for online orders).

Your diploma will be sent to you in the mail 4 – 6 weeks after you complete your final coursework. It will be mailed to the address you provided on your graduation application. If you need to update this address, please edit your graduation application.

Print out your Kirkwood degree audit so your university advisor can help you find courses there that will also complete your Kirkwood degree. If you are planning to attend one of Iowa's three public universities, choose the "Reverse Credit Transfer" option on your university application. Doing this will authorize the university to send us your transcript free of charge.

Yes! Kirkwood's Career Services and Alumni offices have partnered to provide Handshake, a career engagement platform that connects students and alumni to employers who are interested in hiring Kirkwood graduates. You can also contact Career Services for assistance with your job search, resume review, and interview prep.



Questions?

If you have any questions, contact the One Stop Office:

Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Phone: 319-398-7600 or 1-877-386-9101
Fax: 319-398-4928
Email: Financial Aid - financialaid@kirkwood.edu
Email: Enrollment - enrollment@kirkwood.edu

FAFSA School Code: 004076

Location: 2nd Floor Kirkwood Hall

Mailing Address:

Kirkwood Community College
One Stop Office
6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404