What is the difference between Graduation and Commencement?
Graduation: the process of being awarded a degree after completion of credit hours and other degree requirements.
Commencement ceremony: the congratulatory ceremony in which students are publicly and formally recognized.
To officially graduate from ISU, a student must apply for graduation.
After receipt of final grades, the student's degree audit (degree plan) must show the student satisfied all university, college and departmental requirements for the specific degree or certificate.
- September 6 – Fall deadline (December 2022)
- January 30 - May deadline (May 2023)
- March 27 - August deadline (August 2023)
Graduate School requirements and deadlines
Experience a one-stop-shop to help you prepare for graduation from ISU.
February 15 & 16
10 am - 3 pm
Cap & Gown
Regalia (cap & gown) can be purchased at the Grad Finale or through the ISU Bookstore.
Deadline to buy commencement regalia online: March 30
RSVP for Commencement Ceremony
In order to walk in the Commencement ceremony, you must RSVP.
Deadline to RSVP for Commencement: Tuesday, April 4
March Through the Arch
Celebrate your transformation from student to alumnus.
Friday, May 5
A lunch for graduates and their families will follow on the lawn north of Frazier Hall. Rainsite: PSUB Ballroom.
Celebrate your great accomplishment by joining in the time-honored tradition of Commencement. The perfect end to your ISU experience!
Saturday, May 6
Degree Award Information
Information about transferring course work in your final semester, how to resolve incomplete grades and what it takes to receive a University Honors Designation.
Diplomas will be mailed to you after your degree has been posted to your academic record.