Information for Graduates

Virtual Commencement
May 18, 2020 at 10 a.m.

In place of an on-campus commencement ceremony, we plan to host a virtual graduation program to honor your class. This program will take place on May 18 and include both pre-recorded and live components. Additionally, know that each of you will be invited and encouraged to return to campus to join in the mid-year December commencement, if it takes place, or for a special ceremony being planned for spring 2021.

You will receive a "grad box” in early May, prior to the virtual commencement, containing a number of items, such as a schedule of the ceremony, a cap and tassel, and other commemorative items. Your official diploma will be mailed to you sometime after the virtual commencement.

We look forward to honoring you and congratulating you on your success! We will be in touch as more details become available.

For Questions and Concerns

Any questions or concerns regarding Commencement activities should be directed to: 

Office of Conference Operations and Events 
Grinnell College Grinnell, IA 
50112-1690 
(641) 269-3178 
fax (641) 269-4650 
email commencement

After Commencement

Final Transcripts

The registrar will not be able to finalize (the degree, major, and honors) transcripts for graduating seniors until mid-June. If you request transcripts in June, please tell us to hold the request until the degree has been noted on the transcripts; transcripts sent in early June will not show your final degree.

Students who have not completed their graduation requirements will receive diploma covers but no diploma at Commencement. Return the cover to us after Commencement and provide an address where we can mail the diploma and cover when requirements are completed and we have finalized your transcript.

If you are unable to attend Commencement, please contact the Office of the Registrar with contact and mailing information.

Email and Network Access

With the move to Office 365, graduating seniors and ninth semester students will continue to have email for life using your Grinnell College Office 365 email account.

Network access to storage will be available for six-months following commencement. You may modify passwords or check account status. Please make sure you are able to access the server prior to leaving campus.

Contact Information Technology Services with any questions.

The Office of Development and Alumni Relations

Networking and connecting with other alumni is one of the best ways to achieve postgraduate goals. The Office of Development and Alumni Relations offers a number of tools to graduates.

Join us at Grinnell's alumni online community. On this site, you can network with classmates or Grinnellians through directories and discussion boards. You can read about and register for regional events, class, and affinity Reunions, and most importantly, you can update your contact information and submit news about milestones — family, education, and career — so as to stay connected with the Grinnell community after you leave campus. Grinnell activities, from happy hours to professional networking events, are organized in over 30 cities across the country and we'd love to make sure you know how to connect with Grinnell wherever you land next year.

Consider also connecting, sharing, and networking:

Senior Class Gift

Consider making a senior gift to acknowledge the generosity of preceding classes and help future classes. The Alumni Council offers a dollar-for-dollar match for every senior who makes a gift to Grinnell through the Stephen K. Kent ’67 Memorial Senior Class Gift.

Stephen Kent '67, a member of the Alumni Council and a Class Fund Director, started the Senior Class Gift in 1988 to introduce seniors to Grinnell's tradition of generous alumni giving. He initiated the tradition by giving an additional $5 to the annual fund (now the Pioneer Fund) for every graduating senior who participated in the 1988 Senior Class Gift. He also gave an additional $500 to the annual fund because the class of 1988, with 54 percent participation, had surpassed Kent's class in participation. The Senior Class Gift was renamed the Stephen K. Kent '67 Memorial Senior Class Gift after Kent's death in 1989. In the second year of the Gift, more than 50% of seniors gave for a total of over $1,400.

The Stephen K. Kent ’67 Memorial Senior Class Gift initiates a long-term commitment to Grinnell. The Gift allows students to honor their four-year journey, to express the joy and pride they feel toward Grinnell in a tangible way, and begin to build mature philanthropic relationships that will last throughout their lives. Outstanding programs and academics ensure excellent students continue to come to study at Grinnell. Alumni, parents, and friends provide resources ensuring Grinnell excellence is a reality. Participation in the Stephen K. Kent ’67 Memorial Senior Class Gift acknowledges the generosity of preceding classes and the responsibility each member of the class of 2017 has to future classes.

Order a Copy of the Cyclone

The Cyclone is the College yearbook, funded by the Student Publications & Radio Committee (SPARC) and put together by the Student Alumni Council (SAC).

Though content varies year to year, it generally covers major campus events, student organizations, athletics, theatre/dance, and other campus traditions. Additionally, all seniors are invited to submit a personal photo and quote for inclusion in the senior section.

Questions? Email The Cyclone for more information.

Campus Phone Numbers

  • Bookstore 641-269-3424
  • Campus Switchboard 641-269-4000
  • Office of Student Accounts 641-269-4100
  • Center for Careers, Life, and Service 641-269-4940
  • Development and Alumni Relations 641-269-1846
  • Conference Operations and Events 641-269-3235
  • Dining Services 641-269-3661
  • Financial Aid 641-269-3250
  • Information Technology Services 641-269-4400
  • Mail Services 641-269-3421
  • Registrar 641-269-3450
  • Security 641-269-4600
  • Student Affairs 641-269-3700

Congratulations on Your Graduation!

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