Academic Ceremonies

Countdown to Commencement - Your To Do List

Your Commencement To Do List

  • Apply for Graduation. This can be done anytime of year but is most effective when the deadlines are met. The application triggers a review of the student's record to ensure they are completing the final degree requirements and that the student is officially added to the graduation list.
  • Apply to be the Representative of the Class of 2018 by February 19.
  • Order your cap and gown. Website goes live January 2nd.
  • Verify your pending degree information at the Graduation Fair. Does your official record reflect all of the degree information it should, including majors, minors, and any certificates?
  • Verify your name for your diploma and the Commencement program at the Graduation Fair.
  • Register for Commencement. Beginning in March and when you are added to the official graduation list, a unique-to-you registration link will be sent to your myIPFW email.
  • Act on your plans for alumni membership, graduate school, and career advancement.
  • Attend Senior Salute on April 17 and 18 to pick up your pre-ordered cap and gown. The Commencement party starts at the Senior Send-Off.

Note: Your seat at Commencement is reserved only when you have both purchased your cap and gown and registered to attend.

Commencement Dates and Deadlines

January 2

Herff Jones website goes live

February 27 & 28

Graduation Fair (best prices!)

March 5

Option closes for free shipping to bookstore

April 11

Expedited Shipping Fee applied to all online orders

April 17

Last day for online ordering

April 17 & 18

Senior Salute - All ship-to-campus caps and gowns are distributed

April 18

IPFW Bookstore In-store purchasing begins

April 27

Last day for approval of borrowed gowns (required: only gowns worn at previous IPFW ceremonies; full-length selfie emailed to

May 4

Last day to register for Commencement (unique link to registration distributed via student email accounts in March)

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