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Commencement 2020 FAQs

  • What are the plans for other Commencement related activities?

    We recognize there are many end of year events which each play a significant role in seniors’ spring semester and celebration. The Changing of the Guard, Passing of the Torch, various Honor Society inductions, Multicultural Recognition Ceremony, GAEL Awards, Senior Toast, Baccalaureate Mass, and the Commencement Ceremony will be offered in virtual settings. The commencement ceremony will be a video broadcast production on Recordings of some of the other virtual ceremonies will also be available on

    The commencement committee is analyzing options to honor the spirit and purpose of the various events in the options available to us. We welcome ideas and input on this page.
  • How will I get my diploma?

    Information about diplomas can be found on the diplomas section of the Registrar’s Office website.
  • How will I know if I am eligible to graduate?

    Students eligible to participate in graduation must meet graduation requirements and complete the degree candidate form. The Dean’s offices have been working with the Department chairs to review degree audits and clear students for graduation.

    Students who have been cleared received an email from Joanne Steele entitled Time to Apply for Graduation or Graduation Check-in.

    If you have not received an email and believe you are a degree candidate, please email
  • Will I wear my cap and gown in spring ceremony or a fall celebration?

    The commencement committee, in collaboration with College vendors, are working to have Commencement regalia direct shipped to Graduates. Graduates who ordered their cap, gown, and hood online prior to the deadline should anticipate receiving their package by May 14th, barring no delivery delays in your region.

    Graduates are encouraged to wear their regalia or to take the opportunity to dress up as they watch the virtual commencement ceremony. Be sure to share photos on the College social media feeds! The Commencement committee is considering a broad range of ideas and suggestions for a future in-person ceremony, tentatively scheduled for October 17. We encourage graduates to place their regalia in a safe place as a keepsake! They are yours to keep and do not need to be returned.

    We welcome ideas and input on this page.
  • Are there details on Honors Involvement and Special Recognition Stoles and Cords?

    All additional accessories ordered at the time Regalia orders were placed should be included in your shipment from the plant. These would include specialized tassels, International stoles, or other items.

    The Provost’s Office, Honor Society advisors, Athletic Department and the Office of Student Development are working with College vendors on the anticipated arrival of Honor Society cords, Student Athlete stoles, Student Leader Cords and Fraternity and Sorority Life cords. Distribution details will be communicated to individuals.

  • How can my family and friends watch the virtual ceremony?

    All of your family and friends are invited to watch the virtual ceremony which will be broadcast at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, on Graduates and their families will be able to watch the ceremony and take part in the social media activities, using the hashtag #Iona2020. A few minutes after the ceremony broadcast ends, a recording of the Ceremony will be available on the same webpage and can be watched on demand.
  • When will the yearbook be distributed?

    Due to vendor facility closures the production of the 2020 ICANN Yearbook is delayed. We are exploring virtual options to share the yearbook with seniors as soon as it is available. Arrangements for distribution of the printed copies of the 2020 Yearbook will be communicated once the College receives delivery of the printed books.

  • How can I check my order from Jostens?

  • How do I complete the Graduation Survey?

    All Graduates have received emails with the subject line below:

    Soon-to-Graduate Iona Students: Please take our brief commencement survey!

    Be certain to provide your information as soon as possible.
  • Where will the in-person celebration take place?

    We are eager to honor our graduates’ accomplishments in person, and we will continue to follow CDC and local officials’ guidance regarding in-person gatherings that may affect any plans we put in place. We have a tentative date set for Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, to honor our 2020 graduates with a ceremony on Iona’s campus. Reunion and Homecoming are also that weekend, so our 2020 graduates will be welcomed with full hearts and lots of energy by the alumni they are joining. This event is not going to be a congratulations BBQ or simply a toast to the graduates. It will be something distinctive and distinguished, as our graduates deserve. We continue to seek your input on what that special event should look like and include. Students can submit their ideas via our Commencement Portal. Parents and family members can email us at
  • If my family already purchased airline tickets for commencement, what should I do?

    Airlines are currently holding the value of the canceled ticket as a credit and waiving the customary re-issue fee. You need to check with the participating airline because every airline is different and they might have travel date restrictions.
  • Will Iona be showing the traditional senior video?

    Yes. At the start of the ceremony, we will show a slideshow of student activities, followed by the traditional senior video. Both last year’s and this year’s senior video were produced by Kate Pearce ‘20.
  • Will there be student speakers and outside speakers at the virtual ceremony?

    We are working to put together a high quality production that incorporates remarks from faculty, administration, student speakers and an outside commencement speaker.
  • Will the virtual ceremony be recorded in some way so students can look at it later or send it to family members who couldn't view it as it was happening?

    We recognize the importance of having friends and families witness an event as significant as commencement so ensuring friends and family can watch will be a top priority. Graduates, family and friends can watch the commencement ceremony at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, at After the ceremony ends, the recorded ceremony will be available for viewing on