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Iona College diplomas and certificates are generally available for pick-up or mailing about two to four months after each degree conferral period and after the College's annual Commencement ceremony in May. Our May Commencement ceremony celebrates the accomplishments of graduates from all conferral periods.

Conferral & Diploma Activity Calendar
Term of Completion Degree Candidate Deadline Student Groups Degree and/or Certificate Review & Certification Period Official Degree and/or Certificate Conferral Date Diploma and/or Certificate Pick-up: See Availability Calendar Below
Fall Arts & Science 15-week Term and School of Bus. Fall Trimester August 31 for January conferral All Student Groups January 5 – February 20 January 5 Conferral Late March
Winter School of Bus. Trimester December 4 for April 1 conferral School of Business MBA and MS only April 1 – April 24 April 1 Conferral Early May
Spring Arts & Science 15-week Term and School of Bus. Spring Trimester December 4 for June 1 conferral All Student Groups June 1 – July 17 June 1 Conferral Mid-September
Summer Terms – All schools March 1 for August 15 conferral All Student Groups August 15 – September 25 August 15 Conferral Early October

2020-21 Diploma Availability Calendar

 Summer 2020 All Graduates (students earning degrees at the end of the Summer II & II 2020 terms):

  • Diplomas will be available for on-campus pick up starting Tuesday, October 15 to Friday, November 8.

 Fall 2020 All Graduates (students earning degrees at the end of the Fall 2020):

  • Diplomas will be available for on-campus pick up starting in late March 2021. Completers will be notified of diploma availability.

 Winter 2020 School of Business Trimester Master’s Graduates:

  • Diplomas will be available for on-campus pick up starting in early May 2021. Completers will be notified of diploma availability.

 Spring 2021 All Graduates (students earning degrees at the end of Spring 2021):

  • Diplomas will be available for on-campus pick up starting in mid-September 2021. Completers will be notified of diploma availability.

Diploma Distribution

In conjunction with the diploma availability dates above, diploma recipients in each conferral period will be emailed an announcement confirming diplomas are ready for distribution. The next steps are the following:

Diploma Mailings: Iona College sends diplomas to recipients using Standard US Postal Service First Class Mail to US destinations, US territories and foreign addresses. Overnight/rush delivery requests to ALL destinations MUST be arranged by the diploma recipient at their own expense. In addition, diploma mailings to some foreign addresses using first class mail has proven to be unreliable. It is strongly recommended that graduates asking for diploma delivery overseas make their own international courier arrangements at their own expense.

Latin Honors and Honors

Iona College awards Latin Honors (undergraduates) and Honors (master's) to students that achieve certain GPA milestones on their completed academic record. The GPA minimums are the following:

Undergraduate Latin Honors:

Summa Cum Laude – 3.900 or higher
Magna Cum Laude – 3.750 or higher
Cum Laude – 3.500 or higher

Master's-level Honors:

Graduate School of Arts & Sciences – 3.85 or higher
Graduate School of Business – 3.750 or higher

IMPORTANT: For students in the June 1 conferral period, Latin Honors and Honors designations published in the May Commencement program DO NOT INCLUDE coursework and grades earned by students in the spring. Final Honors awards will be recalculated during the certification period and appear on the student’s diploma and official transcript.

How do I get an official transcript showing my degree and graduation date?

  1. If necessary, complete all remaining degree requirements and receive final grades. Incompletes are not final grades and must be resolved before your graduation can be processed.
  2. Check your PeopleSoft account and resolve ALL ACTIVE HOLDS. Transcripts CANNOT be released if you have an open balance.
  3. Graduation audits are conducted through June and July. You will be notified of any issues or if you have not met your degree requirements.
  4. When you are notified of the diploma pickup window in early August, this means your transcript also reflects your degree conferral.
  5. Order your official transcripts online via There is a $3 fee for each official transcript.
  6. Transcript requests take three to five business days, plus mailing time with the U.S. Postal Service. Rush service is available for an additional cost.

Diploma Pick Up by Third Parties

An Iona diploma is a cherished and valuable document; it must be received by its rightful owner. To arrange for someone else to pick up your diploma by proxy, we require a written release or “proxy letter” prepared by the diploma recipient to authorize the diploma release to someone else. Please submit a typed or hand-written proxy letter prepared by you to the Registrar’s Office that includes the following:
  • Your full name, Iona student ID number and graduation term
  • Your maiden name or name used while attending Iona (if applicable)
  • Identify the FULL NAME of the person picking up your diploma (“Mom is getting it” is not acceptable). NOTE: The person identified to pick up your diploma MUST provide valid photo ID
  • A copy of your current Iona ID or other valid photo ID (current driver's license, passport, etc.)
  • Sign the letter with your FULL PENNED SIGNATURE. Merely typing your name is NOT A VALID SIGNATURE!
Completed diploma pickup proxy letters with signatures and photo ID copies may be scanned and attached to an email sent to Proxy letters may also be faxed to (914) 633-2182 or mailed.

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