Graduation Information

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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.  

And don't forget to join our LinkedIn group to stay plugged in to Kirkwood news, events, and updates tailored especially for you.

You're An Alumni Now!

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!

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 program in the Fall 2021, Spring 2022, or Summer 2022 term are invited to attend the May 2022 ceremony. Participation is voluntary.


Grad Fair

Kirkwood's Grad Fair is held in April each year. This is your opportunity to:

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

Graduates also have the option to pre-order a cap and gown online from Herff Jones. Additional details regarding the Grad Fair and the cap and gown ordering process will be available in January 2022.

Commencement FAQs

Yes! All students must apply for graduation in order to have their diploma processed. Be sure to apply by April 1 to have your name included in the commencement keepsake book. If you apply after April 1, you are still welcome to participate in the ceremony but your name will not be included in the book.

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 graduation invitation in the mail in mid-April. You will also receive an invitation in your Kirkwood email account.

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.

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. 

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