Graduation Information

Congratulations on Your Accomplishments!

Celebrate the goals you've reached! Find information about activities that will commemorate your hard work. There are activities that are designed to be shared with your family as well as the larger community.  

All students planning to continue their education at Kirkwood are encouraged to participate in commencement upon completion of their final degree.

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It's quick and easy 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!

2021 Virtual Commencement Ceremony

 

Saturday, May 15, 2021

10:00 a.m.

 

Students who have completed their program or will complete their program in the Fall 2020, Spring 2021, or Summer 2021 term are invited to participate in the virtual ceremony.  To sign up:

  • Complete your Graduation Application by Thursday, April 1.
  • RSVP for the virtual commencement ceremony by Thursday, April 15. We will notify you when the RSVP site is available. 

 

Graduate Photo Day

Would you like to have a professional photo taken to use on your virtual commencement slide or your LinkedIn profile?  Join us for our Graduate Photo Days on March 29 (Cedar Rapids campus) or March 30 (Iowa City campus).  Simply sign up for a time slot, dress to impress, and then arrive any time during your designated hour. 

Cedar Rapids Photo Sign Up

Iowa City Photo Sign Up

Commencement FAQs

A virtual commencement ceremony celebrates your academic achievement in an online format, allowing you to share this special moment with your loved ones near and far. The ceremony will include:

  • A custom slide for each graduate that lists your name and degree, as well as your picture and a personalized message to your family, friends, or Kirkwood community. 
  • The announcement of your name, signifying your "walk across the stage."
  • Inspiring messages from President Sundberg and representatives from Kirkwood’s board, faculty, and student body. 

Follow these two steps to sign up for the virtual ceremony:

  1. Complete your Graduation Application as soon as possible (no later than Thursday, April 1). This notifies us that you intend to graduate so we can send you important announcements and process your diploma. You must complete your graduation application by April 1 to have your name included in the 2021 Commencement Book.

  2. RSVP for the virtual commencement ceremony by Thursday, April 15. The RSVP form is where you will upload the photo and message for your custom graduate slide.  Please note that the RSVP site is not open yet - we will email you instructions on how to complete this step in mid-March.

The virtual ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 15, 2021. A link to the ceremony will be posted here and on the Kirkwood homepage at that time.

Yes, our 2020 and 2021 graduates are welcome to participate in next year’s commencement ceremony, which will be held at the Alliant Energy PowerHouse on Saturday, May 14, 2022. If you would like to celebrate your achievement at the 2022 ceremony, please email commencement@kirkwood.edu to get on next year’s list.

Yes, we will be producing a commencement keepsake book that lists all of our graduates from Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021. This book will be available to view and download online. You can also request a hard copy of the commencement book to be mailed to you by completing the Commencement Book Request Form.

Yes.  If you are participating in a Graduate Photo Day and would like to wear a graduation cap in your picture, you can purchase one at the Kirkwood Bookstore during your photo time slot.

If you would like to purchase a full set of regalia (gown, cap, and tassel) as a keepsake, you can order this through Herff Jones until April 20.  Please note that items ordered through Herff Jones will not arrive before the Graduate Photo Days.

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.

If you're close to graduating from Kirkwood but will transfer to a four-year school prior to graduating, have your new school send your transcript back to us once you finish the classes that will complete your Kirkwood degree. If you are planning to attend one of Iowa's three public universities, choose the "Reverse Transfer" option on your application. Doing this will let that school know that you would like your transcript sent to Kirkwood to complete degree requirements. 



Questions?

If you have any questions, contact the OneStop 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