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!

Please read all information very carefully.  There is no rehearsal.  This is the only information you will receive.  If the ceremony is to be one of which you can be proud, you must know and do the things which follow.

General Information

  1.  Report to Alliant Energy PowerHouse no later than 9:15 a.m. ready to go in your cap and gown. If, for any reason, you might have trouble going up or down stairs, please stop by the One Stop, 2nd Floor Kirkwood Hall or email as soon as possible. We will make arrangements to accommodate you. 
  2. Valuables (purses, keys, etc.) may be checked in before the ceremony. However, it may be more convenient to leave such items at home unless they are essential as check-in facilities are limited. 
  3. A professional photographer will be taking pictures of graduates as each receives their award.  Your photo will be available to view at  Click on the “Find My Pics” button and use GRAD2022 as the password. There is no charge unless you decide to purchase pictures.  Your guests may bring cameras if they wish, and photo opportunities will be available following the ceremony. Please respect others and ask family members to refrain from blocking the flow of students to and from the stage.


Order of Events

  1.  When you check in, you will be given a card with your name on it. This card is VITAL to the ceremony and will be handed to a reader when you go on stage to receive your award. If you have a name that may be difficult to pronounce, please write the phonetic spelling on the card as you check in. Do not lose this card!
  2. After receiving your card, staff members will assist  you in lining up for the processional. Tip: tassels on caps are on the right side throughout the ceremony. 
  3.  The "Order of Events" is printed in your commencement book.
  4. Staff members will serve as marshals to lead the processional and recessional. When you ushered to a row, go to the end of the row or the next available seat in the row. All seats in each row must be filled. When in front of your seat, do not sit. Remain standing for the National Anthem to be seated after the anthem. 
  5.  Before the awarding of degrees, the graduates will be asked to rise as they are recommended for graduation. One of the marshals will lead the first row to the stage to receive their degrees. The other rows should then be seated until their row is asked to rise by one of the marshals.
  6. To accept your diploma cover, go out your row to the RIGHT and go to the stage. Hand your card to the staff member presenting the graduates. As the reader states your name, go to the center of the stage and accept your diploma cover. There is no handshake or other contact when the diploma cover is handed to you. Proceed across the stage and return to your row and seat to sit down.
  7. After all graduates have received their diploma covers and returned to their seats, the band will perform a final song. The recessional will then begin. Stage dignitaries will recess first, followed by faculty, and then graduates. 
  8. Staff marshals will lead you out in the recessional. You will return to the area where you were staged for the processional. When all graduates have returned there, the ceremony is over.
  9. Please return the diploma cover at the collection sites prior to exiting the building. 

✔ 2. Attend the Grad Fair.


2022 Grad Fair

April 28, 2022 | 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Kirkwood Bookstore | Cedar Rapids Main Campus


View & download photos from this year's Grad Fair


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 $12.95 shipping fee). The deadline for placing ship-to-home orders is April 13, 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!

  • Music by the Kirkwood Concert Band, directed by Mr. Joe Perea, Director of Instrumental Music
  • Platform Guests Processional
  • Faculty Processional
  • Student Processional
  • Performance of Our National Anthem, Kirkwood Concert Band
  • Welcome, James Mollenhauer, Chair, Kirkwood Board of Trustees
  • Remarks to the Graduates, Clark Skaggs, President, Kirkwood Faculty Association
  • Remarks to the Graduates, Ashley Tull, Women’s Basketball Team
  • Remarks to the Graduates, Dr. Lori Sundberg, President, Kirkwood Community College
  • Recommend Graduation Candidates, Dr. Jennifer Bradley, Vice President, Academic Affairs
  • Presentation of Graduates for Conferring of Awards, Elizabeth Baertlein, Assistant Professor, Global Learning & Jacki Brucher Moore, Professor, Communication, English & Media
  • Recessional (Platform Guests, Faculty, Graduates)


 ✔ 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 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 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 13, 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.

No. Masking and social distancing will not be required. Disposable masks will be available as you enter Alliant Energy PowerHouse for those who prefer to wear masks. Graduates and guests are asked to stay home if they feel ill.


Protocols are subject to change based on state or venue guidelines and will be communicated to participants in a timely fashion.


For more information on Kirkwood COVID procedures, visit:


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 -
Email: Enrollment -

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