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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.

Graduation Checklist

Graduation Application

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

Grad Finale

Students attending grad finale

Experience a one-stop-shop to help you prepare for graduation from ISU.

October 13 & 14
9 am - 3 pm
ISU Bookstore

Cap & Gown

Graduates dressed in cap and gown

Regalia (cap & gown) can be purchased at the Grad Finale or through the ISU Bookstore.

Order online
Online orders must be placed by October 11.

RSVP for Commencement Ceremony

Students waiting for commencement to begin

In order to walk in the Commencement ceremony, you must RSVP.

Deadline to RSVP for Winter 2020 Commencement: October 30, 2020

March Through the Arch

Student walking through the arch

In May and December, graduates look to the future by passing through the arch away from campus. This symbolizes exiting the campus as Bengal alumni.

Check back for more information


graduate during the ceremony

Celebrate your great accomplishment by joining in the time-honored tradition of Commencement. The perfect end to your ISU experience!

Saturday, December 12

Degree Award Information

Pillars on Red Hill

Information about transferring course work in your final semester, how to resolve incomplete grades and what it takes to receive a University Honors Designation.


Student showing his diploma

Diplomas will be mailed to you after your degree has been posted to your academic record.