Graduation Checklist

  • Commencement: Saturday, May 7

    Morning Ceremony

    • 9:00 a.m., Kovalchick Complex (map)
    • Colleges of Fine Arts, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Health and Human Services
    • Graduating students must report to the Kovalchick Complex lobby by 8:00 a.m.

    Afternoon Ceremony

    • 2:00 p.m., Kovalchick Complex (map)
    • Eberly College of Business and Information Technology, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and College of Education and Educational Technology
    • Graduating students must report to the Kovalchick Complex lobby by 1:00 p.m.

    Graduating Students: RSVP Required for Commencement

    • Sign into MyIUP using your IUP network account.
    • Click the “Home” link.
    • In the “Graduation Preparation” section, click “RSVP for commencement ceremony.” (You'll see this option the day after you've applied for the current semester graduation.)

    Salute to Grads

    • March 29, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
    • Co-op Store
    • Purchase your cap and gown, order graduation announcements, and more at this event.

  • Here’s a handy checklist of things you need to know and do before leaving IUP.

    Congratulations and best wishes for success in all your upcoming endeavors!

    Graduation and Your Degree

    • RSVP for Commencement: RSVP on MyIUP to confirm your participation at Commencement. 
    • Plan to buy your cap and gown, graduation announcements, and more: Attend “Salute to Graduates,” Co-op Bookstore, March 29, 2016.
    • Verify that you completed degree requirements: Are you sure you’ve completed all of your degree requirements? Check with your associate dean or graduate coordinator if you have any questions regarding your major, minor, or concentration.
    • If you’re ordering transcripts: Don’t forget to check “hold for degree” on the form. Final clearance for degrees by colleges/departments takes approximately four to six weeks after grades are posted.
    • Your diploma name: Your diploma will bear your full legal name, in accordance with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governor’s policy. Your diploma name will be the same as your transcript name in MyIUP.
    • Make sure your diploma is mailed to the correct address: Degrees are awarded by the colleges four to six weeks after grades are posted. Once this is done, diplomas are printed and mailed out on a weekly basis. Make sure the Registrar’s Office has the correct address for you. Note: This can be different from your regular mailing address. If your diploma mailing address changes, you need to send a written, signed notification to the Registrar’s Office.

    Do You Have a Loan?

    • If you have a Perkins loan, you should receive a letter in the mail in late April with instructions on how to complete your required Perkins loan exit online. You may also contact the Bursar’s Office at 724-357-2207. Failure to do this will result in a hold being placed on your account.
    • If you have a Federal Stafford loan, it is important for you to go to the website and complete the required exit counseling session. You may also contact the Financial Aid office at 724-357-2218.

    Your IUP E-mail Account

    Your IUP e-mail account will become inactive 60 days after graduation. As an IUP graduate, however, you may enjoy a free alumni e-mail account—IUP Live Mail—from the Alumni Relations Office.

    Learn more at IUP Live Mail Account Setup. If you have any questions, please contact Alumni Relations at