Graduation Information

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 which you can be proud of, you must know and do the following.

General Information

  1. Report to the 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 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 GRAD2023 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.

✔ 2. Attend the Grad Fair.


2023 Grad Fair

April 27, 2023 | 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Kirkwood Bookstore | Cedar Rapids Main Campus


View & download photos from last 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


The Bookstore will offer standard sizes for purchase at the Grad Fair and until Commencement Day.  For custom sizes or to have your cap and gown shipped to your home, place your order online at Herff Jones (additional $13.95 shipping fee). The deadline for online orders is April 13, 2023.



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


2023 Commencement Ceremony

May 13, 2023 | 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 2022, Spring 2023, or Summer 2023 term are invited to attend the May 2023 ceremony. Participation is voluntary.


 ✔ 4. Join Kirkwood's alumni community.

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Commencement FAQs

If you have applied to graduate for Fall 2022, Spring 2023, or Summer 2023, 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.

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.


If you have any questions, contact the Enrollment Services:

Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Phone: 319-398-7600 or 1-877-386-9101
Fax: 319-398-4928
Email: Enrollment -

FAFSA School Code: 004076


Location: 3rd Floor Iowa Hall

Mailing Address:

Kirkwood Community College
Enrollment Services
6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404