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Diplomas

Iona College diplomas are generally available for pick up or mailing about six to eight weeks after each degree conferral period and after the College's annual Commencement ceremony in May. The May Commencement ceremony celebrates the accomplishments of graduates from all conferral periods. Degree conferral periods are the following:

Date and Activity Student Groups Certification Period Diploma Pickup Dates
January 5 Conferral Hagan MBA and MS only January 5 – January 20 Late February
February 1 Conferral Undergrad Arts and Science;
Undergrad Hagan;
Graduate Arts and Science
February 1 – March 6 Early April
April 1 Conferral Hagan MBA and MS only April 1 – April 19 Early May
June 1 Conferral (with May Commencement) All Student Groups June 1 – July 31 Mid-August
August 15 Conferral All Student Groups August 15 – September 22 Early October

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. 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 (Masters) 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

Masters-level Honors:
Graduate Arts & Sciences – 3.85 or higher
Graduate Hagan 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.