Commencement 2020

Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 5:00 PM | Mullins Hall Gymnasium

ICC posts degrees at the end of fall semester, spring semester, and summer session. You must have completed all of your coursework within the term you have selected for graduation.

It is the student's responsibility to apply for graduation by completing the online ICC Graduation Application by the posted deadlines. Graduation applications are available in the Student Services Office (Backes 107) or by calling 218-322-2320. Students must also make sure their high school transcript showing a graduation date or a GED is on file, attach a copy of their degree audit, and make sure that there are no outstanding financial holds attached to their record.

Graduation Photo

Graduation Application Deadlines:

Semester of Graduation Deadline for Application
Fall Graduates First Wednesday in October
Spring Graduates First Wednesday in March
Summer Graduates First Wednesday in April (for spring ceremony)

ICC holds one graduation ceremony at the end of spring semester. Students that graduated the previous fall semester and those who are in good standing for spring and summer session graduation are invited to participate in the commencement ceremony. Students who have completed the graduation application by the deadlines stated will be invited to the ceremony. Invitations are mailed mid-April to the current address listed on the graduation application.

Steps to Graduation

  • Log into eServices and print your DARS (Degree Audit Report). Make an appointment to meet with a counselor or advisor.
  • Complete the Graduation Application - it is available in Student Services (107 Backes Center).
    • Online Students: If you are not able to make it to campus, please call the registrar at 218-322-2324 for instructions.
  • Complete the Graduate Follow-up Survey within 12 months of graduation.

Grad Wrap logo

Grad Wrap

Dates: Tuesday, April 7 and Wednesday, April 8

Time: 11:30-1:00 both days

Where: Hallway in front of Library

What: "Your one stop shop for graduation"

At Grad Wrap you can...

- get 50% off the cost of your cap and gown!
- check that the Records Office has your application to graduate.
- check on loan status with financial aid.
- check on your account with the Business Office.
- get information about the graduation ceremony.
- receive alumni information from the ICC Alumni Association.


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.

Graduating with Honors

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.

Cap and Gowns

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 30 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 12.

Invitations and RSVP's

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.

Commencement Rehearsal

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.

Ceremony Instructions - Please Read

Ceremony Diagram - Please Read

Graduates will be asked to check-in 1 hour 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 Hall Information Desk at 4:15 p.m. sharp. Graduates will line up in the Backes Hall walkway.

Commencement Programs

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.

Commencement Ceremony

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 by 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 Hall. Should the weather be inclement, the reception will take place in the Backes Hall cafeteria.

Graduation Photos

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 Graduates Not Attending 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 107 Backes Hall to request one.

Newspaper Coverage

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 (218-322-2324). Questions regarding the ceremony may be directed to the Provost’s Assistant in 107 Admin Building (218-322-2400).