Commencement Ceremonies for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

  • 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.

  • Spring Commencement 2016 was held on Saturday, May 7, in Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex. All graduating students were invited to participate. There were two ceremonies:

    9:00 a.m.—College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, College of Fine Arts, College of Health and Human Services

    8:00 a.m.—Students report to the lobby of Kovalchick Complex for the processional lineup. They should already be wearing their graduation robes.

    2:00 p.m.—College of Education, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Eberly College of Business

    1:00 p.m.—Students report to the lobby of Kovalchick Complex for the processional lineup. They should already be wearing their graduation robes.

    Tickets are not needed for the University Commencement ceremonies. However, because of capacity and safety concerns, you are asked to limit your number of guests to 8 (eight). Guests attending the ceremony are asked to fill all seats. Toretti Auditorium in the Kovalchick Complex will be open as an alternate viewing location. The ceremonies will also be streamed live.


    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 the students specified on their graduation application.

    Commencement StudentUndergraduate Honors Medallions

    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 at Commencement. 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.

    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.

    Academic Regalia

    Students purchase their caps and gowns at the Co-op Store, located in the Hadley Union Building, during the Salute to Grads event on March 29, 2016, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

    Caps and gowns may also be purchased after the Salute to Grads event at the Co-op Store.
    Hours: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Monday–Friday; 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Saturday; with special hours 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. on Commencement Day.

    Cost: $37.05 for associate’s and bachelor’s candidates; $68.80 for master’s candidates; and $80.46 for doctoral candidates. Students keep their caps and gowns.  

    Graduating doctoral students can purchase custom regalia through the Co-op Store. The last day to purchase custom regalia is April 8.  

    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 April 22.  

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

    Looking for Information on Winter Commencement?

    See December Commencement for information.