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Frequently Asked Questions about Undergraduate Commencement

  • When and where do graduating students report on Commencement Day?

    There are TWO ceremonies for undergraduates:

    9:00 a.m.—College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and College of Health and Human Services
    All undergraduate students should report to the lobby of Kovalchick Complex by 8:00 a.m. for the processional lineup, already wearing their graduation robes.

    2:00 p.m.—College of Education, College of Fine Arts, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Eberly College of Business and Information Technology
    All undergraduate students should report to the lobby of Kovalchick Complex by 1:00 p.m. for the processional lineup, already wearing their graduation robes.

    Do students or family members need an admission ticket to attend Commencement?

    Guests of graduating undergraduates will need tickets for seating within the Kovalchick Complex arena. Each undergraduate student eligible for graduation is guaranteed up to four free main arena tickets, but the students must request the tickets in advance. Graduating students themselves do not need tickets in order to attend the commencement ceremony.

    When are the department ceremonies?

    Here is the list of department graduation ceremonies, with their times and locations. You can also see all of the ceremony locations campuswide on the IUP interactive map.

    What about a cap and gown?

    Our contact for caps and gowns is the IUP Co-op Store, located in the Hadley Union Building.

    9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. on Commencement Day
    Otherwise 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday; 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., Saturday

    $34.95 for associate’s and bachelor’s candidates; $64.90 for master’s candidates; and $75.90 for doctoral candidates. Doctoral students have the option of purchasing custom regalia to wear at future graduation ceremonies—please stop at the Co-op Store for options and pricing. The deadline to have custom regalia for May Commencement is Friday, April 14, 2017. Students keep their caps and gowns.

    Questions: Call the Co-op Store at 724-357-3145, extension 0; or 1-800-537-7916, extension 0.

    Will I get my diploma at the ceremony?

    Diploma covers are presented at Commencement ceremonies. Actual diplomas will be sent to graduates after their final academic record has been checked for completion of all graduation requirements and final grades. The diploma is sent usually four to six weeks after the semester, mailed to the address students specified on their graduation application.

    Which students should be wearing an Undergraduate Honors Medallion?

    Undergraduate students who've earned a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA and met all the requirements for IUP academic honors by the last graded semester may wear an honors medallion. They may obtain their medallion at the Co-op Store during the Salute to Grads event or, after that day, from the Registrar’s office in Clark Hall. You need to have your I-Card with you to pick up a medallion.

    Students who did not have the required minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA before the ceremony but will have achieved this once the final-semester grades are posted will receive their honors medallion along with their diploma in the mail. Students who have achieved academic honors when the final degree checkout is made will have the honors posted on their diploma.

    How do we get to Kovalchick Complex?

    What about parking?

    Parking at Kovalchick Complex and all other lots on campus will be open to everyone on a first-come, first-served basis, with the following exceptions:

    • Miller Stadium Parking Lot is reserved for handicap parking.
    • Parking at the front of Kovalchick is reserved for platform party members.

    Shuttles will be running from lots to Kovalchick. Police officers will be at each intersection from Grant Street south to Kovalchick to assist with parking.

    Full information and maps about Commencement parking
    General parking information

    Is there a listing of local hotels, and do any of them provide an IUP discount?

    Here's a list of local lodging and dining information. Please contact the businesses directly to find out if they provide an IUP discount.

    Are there accommodations for guests with special needs?

    Kovalchick Complex has accommodations for handicapped parking and special-needs seating. These needs will be taken care of by the event staff at Commencement. There is ADA-compliant seating for guests with special needs, along with elevator access, and the ushers will direct your guest to the concourse level where this seating is available.

    Is there space on campus for a private reception after Commencement?

    Because of so many events already taking place on campus, we are unable to offer space for private functions.

    I’m a faculty member. When do I need to order my regalia?

    Faculty planning to participate in the academic processions at Commencement are reminded that the deadline for ordering rental regalia at the Co-op Store is Friday, April 14, 2017.