Allen College

Graduation

You may view the Graduation Policy on the Policies & Procedures web page.

Allen College holds three graduation ceremonies each year. Spring Commencement is held in May, Summer Commencement is held in August, and Fall Commencement is held in December. Students must meet graduation requirements to participate in any Commencement ceremony.

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Fall Commencement

Friday, December 15, 2017, 3 p.m. Nazareth Lutheran Church, Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Students should arrive at Nazareth Lutheran Church for rehearsal at 12:45 p.m.
Guests may arrive after 2 p.m.
Student and Class photographs begin at 2:15 p.m.

Spring Commencement

Friday, May 4, 2018, 3 p.m. Nazareth Lutheran Church, Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Students should arrive at Nazareth Lutheran Church for rehearsal at 12:45 p.m.
Guests may arrive after 2 p.m.
Student and Class photographs begin at 2:10 p.m.

Summer Commencement

Friday, August 10, 2018, 3 p.m. Nazareth Lutheran Church, Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Students should arrive at Nazareth Lutheran Church for rehearsal at 12:45 p.m.
Guests may arrive after 2 p.m.
Student and Class photographs begin at 2:10 p.m.

Q & A

Q: How do I complete a graduation application?

A:During your last semester of coursework, you will be given or sent an application for graduation. The information you provide on the application will assist graduation staff in ordering gowns, diplomas and pins.

Q: When will I receive my diploma?

A: You will receive a diploma cover and an insert at the graduation ceremony. Your diploma will arrive six to eight weeks after your graduation requirements have been verified. If you need proof of graduation prior to your diploma arriving, you may request an official transcript.

Q: How are student speakers selected?

A: Each graduation ceremony will include two student speakers; one from the school of nursing and one from the school of health sciences. Students will cast ballots for a student he/she wishes to represent their school. Since there are more than one program in each school, the top vote receivers for each program will be randomly selected to represent the school.

Q: Will there be a rehearsal for graduation?

A: Yes, a graduation rehearsal will take place the afternoon of graduation. Please make arrangements to attend.

Q: What should I wear to graduation?

A: Commencement is a formal ceremony that recognizes your academic achievements; therefore, you should dress in business attire for the ceremony. Because your gowns are dark color, graduation protocol suggests you should wear dark accessories--shoes, slacks, etc.--to ensure a uniform appearance to the graduation ceremony and to highlight the colors of the hoods, tassels, and honors you have earned. Graduates should consider low heels or flat shoes, as they will need to walk up and down stairs to cross the platform. Honor students should wear honor cords which are given to students prior to the graduation ceremony.

If you choose to bring purses, keys, or other items to the graduation ceremony, please be aware that is not a secure place to leave your belongings. Plan to leave such belongings with family or friends.

Q: Will I be photographed at graduation?

A: A class picture, formal and informal pictures, and group photos of the graduates (in each program) are taken at the ceremony. A professional photographer will take individual pictures of each student as he/she receives his/her diploma. Allen College provides the individual diploma pictures and they will arrive with your diploma. You will be provided an order form for the others that you will send directly to the photographer. The photographer will mail all photos to you.

Q: Am I required to attend the graduation ceremony?

A: Students are strongly encouraged to attend the graduation ceremony to celebrate the completion of their Allen College program.