|Fall Graduates||First Wednesday in October|
|Spring Graduates||First Wednesday in March|
|Summer Graduates||First Wednesday in April (for spring ceremony)|
Diplomas are not awarded at the time of the graduation ceremony but will be mailed after a final graduation review has been completed. The approximate dates of diploma mailings is March 1 for fall graduates and September 1 for spring and summer graduates. The evening of the ceremony graduates will receive a diploma cover with informational inserts. Degrees are posted to transcripts prior to the mailing of diplomas.
Students must complete a minimum of 30 credits in order to be eligible for honors status. Cumulative grade point averages at the end of fall semester are used to determine honor status for students completing degrees at the end of spring semester or summer session. Cumulative grade point averages are used to determine honor status for students completing degrees at the end of fall semester.
Honors status requires a cumulative GPA of 3.25 to 3.49
High Honors status requires a cumulative GPA of 3.50 to 4.00
Students graduating with honors will be given an honors cord to be worn at the commencement ceremony when they pick up their cap, gown, and tassel in the Bookstore.
The attire for graduation will be the traditional royal blue cap and gown and blue and white tassel. Graduates planning on attending the ceremony must pick up their cap, gown and tassel beginning April 25 in the ICC Bookstore. Cost is approximately $15 for cap, gown and tassel. You should pick up your cap and gown no later than Tuesday, May 9.
Students who have completed an application packet for graduation will be sent a letter the first part of April inviting them to graduation. It is important for students to respond in a timely manner to the RSVP request. The number of chairs set up for the graduates and the number of diploma packets prepared are based on this RSVP. If you do not submit an RSVP, there will not be a chair set up or diploma packet ready for you.
There will NOT be a rehearsal for the commencement ceremony. Therefore, it is important for students planning on participating in the ceremony to read the following detailed instructions very carefully and to also look over the diagrams for the entrance and exit to the ceremony.
Graduates will be asked to check-in 45 minutes before the ceremony to pick up their name cards. At this time you will be able to provide the correct pronunciation of your name to the roll call reader. We will also answer any last minute questions regarding the entrance, exit, etc.
Please check-in at the Backes Center Information Desk at 4:15 p.m. sharp. Graduates will line up in the Backes Center hallway.
The program distributed at the ceremony will list the names of all candidates for graduation (fall, spring, summer) who have applied for graduation regardless of whether they participate in commencement exercises.
The ceremony lasts approximately one hour starting promptly at 5 p.m. Students will be asked to complete an RSVP before the end of April regarding their attendance at the ceremony and the number of guests they are planning. It is essential we have this RSVP for planning purposes. Tickets are not required for guests.
Children are welcome to attend the ceremony, but we occasionally receive comments about children who have become noisy or disruptive during the ceremonies. In consideration of others, we are requesting your cooperation but asking that you take children to the lobby if they become restless.
Immediately following the ceremony there is a reception for graduates and their guests with light refreshments being served. Weather permitting, this reception will take place outside in front of the Backes Student Center. Should the weather be inclement, the reception will take place in the Backes Student Center cafeteria.
Be sure to check this web page at a later date for an updated announcement regarding the possible availability of a professional photographer to take photos on the day of the ceremony.
For those students who are unable to or choose not to attend the ceremony, a packet of information will be mailed to you in the week following the ceremony. This packet will be sent to the permanent address you listed on your graduation application. It will include all the information that was handed out to graduates at the ceremony, along with a copy of the graduation program and information about your diploma. We do not mail out diploma covers. However, if you would like a cover, you may stop by 104 or 107 Backes Center and request one.
The Itasca CC commencement ceremony is filmed by local cable station ICTV. Check the ICTV program schedule at www.watchictv.com for air times. If you are interested in a CD of the ceremony, contact ICTV at watchictv.org or 218-327-5866 for details.
Included in the diploma mailing will be a generic form that students may complete and submit to their local newspaper for publication.
Any questions concerning eligibility for graduation or the graduation application process may be directed to Records in the Student Services Office in 107 Backes Center (218-322-2329). Questions regarding the ceremony may be directed to the Student Services Assistant in 104 Backes Center (218-322-2302).
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