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Frequently Asked Questions about Undergraduate Commencement

  • Frequently asked questions about the December university commencement ceremony

    How do we get to the Kovalchick Complex?

    What about parking?

    Since parking is limited near the ceremony locations, you may want to park elsewhere on campus. A shuttle bus will be running to transport graduates, family and guests. You can learn more about parking at IUP on the Interactive Map.

    Do I need an admission ticket to the university commencement ceremonies?

    No tickets are required for the December ceremony.

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

    Lodging and dining information can be found on the Kovalchick Complex website. Please contact the businesses listed to find out if they provide an IUP discount.

    Are there any special arrangements for guests who are physically impaired?

    The Kovalchick Complex has accommodations for handicapped parking and special needs seating. There is ADA-compliant seating for guests with special needs, along with elevator access. The ushers will direct your guest to the concourse level where this seating is available.

    How will I know if my son/daughter will be receiving a special award?

    Honors medallions will be available for pickup at the Salute to Graduates for first baccalaureate December graduates who attained a 3.25 or higher cumulative grade point average at IUP before the fall semester began. After that event, medallions may be picked up at the Registrar’s Office in Clark Hall during regular business hours. A student must present his or her I-Card to receive a medallion.

    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.

    When and where do the graduates report on Commencement day?

    The ceremony for graduate students will take place at 9:30 a.m. in Fisher Auditorium. Graduates should report to the Performing Arts Center at 8:30 a.m. Master's degree students report to the Large Rehearsal Hall, while doctoral and MFA degree students report to Dressing Room A.

    The ceremony for undergraduate students will take place at 1:00 p.m. in Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex. Undergraduate students are asked to report to Kovalchick Complex no later than 12:00 p.m.

    What about a cap and gown?

    Our contact for caps and gowns is the IUP Co-op Store, located in the Hadley Union Building. The store is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.; Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.; and on commencement day from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

    The cost of a cap and gown, which the student may keep, is $35.95 for associate’s and bachelor’s candidates, $37.95 for master’s candidates, and $44.95 for doctoral candidates.

    The cost of a hood is $28.95 for master’s candidates, and $33.95 for doctoral candidates.

    • Cap only: $11.25
    • Tassel only: $5.50
    • Honors Cords are available through the department, not the Co-op Store

    For questions regarding caps and gowns, phone the Co-Op Store at 724-357-3145, extension 0; or 1-800-537-7916, extension 0.

    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 December 1, 2017. Faculty can stop in or call the Co-Op Store at 724-357-3144. Costs sheets, info packets and rental information are available and should be taken care of on or before December 1 to order regalia for graduation.