Because of continued concerns about transmission of COVID-19 and because of gathering limits, each graduate will receive two tickets for
guests. All others are encouraged to watch via livestream.
For details about academics and other decisions in this unusual time, please visit our coronavirus information page.
How do I apply for graduation?
Apply for graduation by clicking on the
Academics tab via MyIUP, then going to “Academic Record” and choosing Apply
for Undergraduate Graduation.
Who is eligible to participate in the Commencement Ceremony?
How can I be sure I am eligible to graduate?
When will I receive my diploma?
Diplomas are mailed two to six weeks after the last
term of attendance.
Am I required to attend the university commencement ceremony?
All graduating undergraduate students are encouraged, but not required, to attend. The main objective of the ceremony is to recognize those individuals who have dedicated their time and energy to achieve this award.
How long is the Commencement Ceremony?
Typically, ceremonies last approximately one-and-a-half to two
hours, depending on the size of the graduating class.
Is the Commencement Ceremony ticketed?
For the May 2021 commencement ceremonies, each student
will receive two guest tickets. We must stick to that number out of an
abundance of caution as we continue to plan for in-person ceremonies while
following important health and safety guidelines. Only students who have
applied for graduation and who have confirmed their plans to attend the
university ceremonies by Sunday, April 11, at 11:59 p.m. will be eligible for
Tickets can be claimed
Monday through Friday, April 19–23 and April 26–29 between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00
p.m. and on Friday, April 30 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the Kovalchick
Complex in the Mackey Lobby outside of Toretti Auditorium. If the tickets are
not collected during the pick-up times listed above, they will be available at
a will call table in the same location at 5:30 p.m. prior to the start of the
7:00 p.m. graduate ceremony on May 7, and from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on
Saturday, May 8.
Are there separate December Commencement Ceremonies for graduate and undergraduate students?
Normally, the Winter Commencement ceremonies are as follows:
Are there separate May Commencement Ceremonies for graduate and undergraduate students?
Normally, there are separate ceremonies for undergraduate and graduate students at May Commencement.
Do I need to confirm my attendance prior to attending?
Yes. Students must confirm their attendance on their MyIUP home page to participate in the commencement ceremonies. You must first apply for graduation (see How do I apply for graduation?).
An overnight process needs to occur after applying before you will be able to confirm your attendance.
How many family members and friends may attend?
Because of gathering limits, each graduate will receive two tickets for
guests. All others are encouraged to watch via livestream. Visit the tickets page to find details on ticketing and distribution.
May children attend the ceremony?
Yes, they may attend. Children age three and over require a ticket. Children under the age of three do not require a ticket, but must remain on the lap of another attendee. The ceremonies can be lengthy, and children may get restless. Use your discretion
to determine if the child should attend.
Is there a commencement rehearsal?
No, there is no rehearsal.
Will there be an opportunity to mingle with family, friends, and professors?
In-person departmental recognition events will not be held for spring 2021. Some departments may choose to conduct virtual recognition events. Please look for communication from your department as to whether or not they will have one.
Where do I report for my Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony?
Graduating seniors will follow directional
signage and use the dedicated, graduates-only entrance #21 located on the west/stadium side of the Kovalchick Complex for the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies.
Where do I report for my Graduate Commencement Ceremony?
Graduating master’s and doctoral will follow directional
signage and use the dedicated, graduates-only entrance #21 located on the west/stadium side of the Kovalchick Complex for the Graduate Commencement Ceremony.
Do graduating seniors need to check-in upon arrival at the KCAC?
Yes. Upon arrival at the KCAC there will be staff available to direct you to your set in the arena. You will be given a line-up card that will place you in alphabetical order, by college, for the procession and
seating for the ceremony.
How will I know what to do when I arrive at the KCAC?
Is there parking available at the KCAC?
is free at the KCAC on the day of the commencement ceremony!
Is the venue for the Commencement Ceremony accessible to the disabled?
Yes, the KCAC is accessible. Please visit the KCAC website
for more details.
What time will my family be able to enter the KCAC?
The doors to the KCAC will open one hour before the ceremony start time. Please be aware that once you have entered and your ticket has been collected, no re-entry will be permitted.
Where may I find more information about Commencement Honors?
Traditional Latin honors are awarded at graduation to first bachelor’s degree candidates with appropriate academic records. Calculation is based on all undergraduate credits and quality points earned at IUP. Graduation honors are not granted for second
(subsequent) degrees. The distinctions are:
laude: 3.25 to 3.49 cumulative GPA
cum laude: 3.50 to 3.74 cumulative GPA
cum laude: 3.75 to 4.00 cumulative GPA
medallions are awarded based on the GPA of the last term completed.
Will there be vendors at the ceremony?
Yes, vendors will sell flowers, balloons, and water. The Co-op Store will also have a table with alumni items for sale along the upper concourse.
Where can I purchase my cap and gown?
Caps and gowns can be pre-ordered at the Co-op Store website, or by stopping into the Co-op Store Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The website contains information about caps, gowns, announcements, and more. Custom regalia for doctoral students should be ordered by Wednesday, April 7, to guarantee delivery before May 6. All graduation items will be on sale at the Co-op Store through Commencement Saturday, May 8. You may call the store at 724-357-3552 with any additional questions.
Must I wear my cap and gown?
Yes. You can find more information on cap and gown orders on the Co-op Store website.
On which side of my cap do I wear my tassel?
Before candidates receive their degrees,
the tassel is worn on the right side of the cap. After the conferral of the
degree, the tassel is moved to the left side.
Will I have my photograph taken by a professional photographer at the Commencement Ceremony?
Yes, IUP has contracted with Grad Images to take photos of graduates at Commencement.
How can I get my diploma if I am not attending the ceremony?
Diplomas will be mailed within two to six weeks
after the ceremony. Diploma covers are
given at the ceremony. If you do not
attend the ceremony, a diploma cover may be purchased at the Co-op Store.
What should I do if I have not received any information regarding graduation/the undergraduate university commencement ceremony, but I have applied for graduation?
Can I attend the Commencement Ceremony if I still have holds?
Yes, but you will not receive your diploma,
so it is pertinent to take care of these holds ASAP.
Can my friends and relatives who are unable to attend watch the ceremony?
Yes, each ceremony will be available to watch in real time via the livestream. All ceremonies will also be viewable later on the IUP YouTube Channel.
I’m a faculty member; when do I need to order my regalia?
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will not be academic processions in the May 2021 commencement ceremonies. Faculty who wish to attend will have a reserved seating section in the audience. You do not need to wear regalia.