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Diplomas

Iona College diplomas 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.

2018 Conferral & Diploma Activity Calendar

Term of Completion Student Groups Degree Review & Certification Period Official Degree Conferral Date Diploma Pick-up: See Availability Calendar Below
Fall School of Bus. Trimester School of Business MBA and MS only January 5 – January 19 January 5 Conferral Late February to March
Fall Arts & Science 15-week Term Undergraduate Arts & Science;
Undergraduate Business;
Graduate Arts & Science
February 1 – March 9 February 1 Conferral Early April
Winter School of Bus. Trimester School of Business MBA and MS only April 1 – April 20 April 1 Conferral Early May
Spring Arts & Science 15-week Term and School of Bus. Spring Trimester All Student Groups June 1 – July 13 June 1 Conferral (with May Commencement) Mid-September
Summer Terms – All schools All Student Groups August 15 – September 21 August 15 Conferral Early October

2018 - 19 Diploma Availability Calendar

 Spring 2018 Arts & Science/School of Business Undergraduates and all Master’s Graduates (students earning degrees at the end of Spring 2018):

  • Diplomas have been mailed to graduates using their address of record or an address provided.

 Summer 2018 All Graduates (students earning degrees at the end of the Summer II & II 2018 terms):

  • Diplomas are available for on-campus pick up starting Monday, October 15 to Friday, November 9.

 Fall 2018 School of Business Trimester Master’s Graduates:

  • Diplomas will be available for on-campus pick up starting in late February to early March 2019. Completers will be notified of diploma availability.

 Fall 2018 Arts & Science Undergraduate and Master’s Graduates:

  • Diplomas will be available for on-campus pick up starting in early April 2019. Completers will be notified of diploma availability.

 Winter 2018 School of Business Trimester Master’s Graduates:

  • Diplomas will be available for on-campus pick up starting in early May 2019. Completers will be notified of diploma availability.

Spring 2019 Arts & Science/School of Business Undergraduates and all Master’s Graduates (students earning degrees at the end of Spring 2019):

  • Diplomas will be available for on-campus pick up starting in mid-September 2019. 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:
  1. Diplomas will be held at the Registrar’s Office in McSpedon Hall, Room 201 for about four weeks after printing.
  2. During this period, recipients may pickup a diploma in person or email us at registrar@iona.edu to request to have their diploma mailed. In your email please confirm the address you want your diploma sent to. Your diploma mailing address may be different from your permanent address of record at Iona. A new diploma mailing address WILL NOT change your permanent address on file.
  3. After the four week period ends, remaining diplomas will be mailed out to recipients using their PERMANENT ADDRESS on file (the address visible in your Peoplesoft account).
  4. 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.
  5. IMPORTANT: Active holds will prevent the release of your diploma to you in person or by mail. Check Peoplesoft for active holds.
When retrieving your diploma from us on campus at McSpedon Hall, Room 201, you MUST bring a form of photo ID with you. Diplomas will NOT be released to students without positive ID.

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.

Diploma and Transcript Availability After May Commencement

Completion of Iona’s May Commencement generates a high volume of degree certifications and diploma production for campus offices. The information below will answer your questions related to diploma printing and transcript availability:

How do I get my diploma?

  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. Your diploma 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. Those who have successfully completed degrees will be notified of the diploma pickup window in early August. Visit McSpedon Hall, Room 201, during this time. Have valid photo ID with you. Diplomas will be mailed after the pickup window passes to the student’s mailing address of record.
  5. Frame your new diploma and hang it in a place of prominence. You did it!

 

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 at http://www.getmytranscript.org. There is a $3 fee for each official transcript, plus a $2.25 processing fee.
  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 registrar@iona.edu. Proxy letters may also be faxed to (914) 633-2182 or mailed.

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