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 8 - for December 2020 graduation
- Febuary 1 - for May 2021 graduation
Graduate School requirements and deadlines
Experience a one-stop-shop to help you prepare for graduation from ISU.
February 17 & 18
10 am - 3 pm
Cap & Gown
RSVP for Commencement Ceremony
In order to walk in the Commencement ceremony, you must RSVP.
Deadline to RSVP for Commencement: April 1, 2021
Complimentary Graduation Photos at Swanson Arch
In lieu of the traditional March through the Arch event, we would like to offer each of you a complimentary graduate photo taken at Swanson Arch.
Friday, April 16, 2 to 6 p.m.
Saturday, April 17, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Thursday, April 22,10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Celebrate your great accomplishment by joining in the time-honored tradition of Commencement. The perfect end to your ISU experience!
Saturday, April 24
10 am, 2 pm, 6 pm
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.