Save the date for our 2nd Annual Grad Fest Event!

The goal is to have a designated day to promote graduation and the graduation completion initiative. Grad Fest will take place in the Student Resource Center on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017, from 9am-6pm. This will give students the opportunity to ask any graduation related questions, make payment and talk to various departments if needed. They can also get a jump start if they are going into the work force by meeting with career services! It will also give students the opportunity to pick up their cap and gown that day. Our Jostens reps will be here to help out as well.  

Please note: students will still have the option to pick-up their caps and gowns the day of Commencement, if they are unable to attend Grad Fest. The following departments will be in attendance: Student Records, Business Office, Admissions/Associates, Financial Aid, Career Services, Bookstore and Alumni Relations.

Thank you in advance for attending Grad Fest…we look forward to having you there!

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Graduation Information

Iowa Central has one graduation ceremony, in May, for the entire year’s graduates. We graduate students throughout the year as they meet all their degree requirements.  Students should consult with their advisor each semester and run a degree audit to monitor their progress toward graduation.  Students who have transfer credit should verify that the credit is on the degree audit and the transcript after they have completed 12 hours of credit at Iowa Central.

Students who intend to graduate in a particular semester are to complete a graduation declaration card when they enroll in courses for that semester. Graduation cards are to be filled out with an advisor or an admissions representative and submitted to the Student Records office in Fort Dodge or to a center office in Storm Lake or Webster City. There is a $25 fee for graduation that is used to defray the cost of gown, diploma and cover, tassel, etc.  Every graduate pays the graduation fee for each degree that he/she receives. Total credits, grade point averages, account balances, and financial aid exit interviews are reviewed before degrees are placed on transcripts and diplomas are mailed.

2017 Commencement

Iowa Central has one graduation ceremony, in May, for the 2016-2017 academic year. Students who have met the requirements for graduation (and declared to graduate) at the end of the 2016 FALL, 2017 SPRING, and 2017 SUMMER are all eligible to attend the Graduation Commencement Ceremony on Friday evening, May 5th, 2017 at 6:00 P.M.

Graduation Photography

Lifetouch Special Events Photography will take your picture as you cross the stage. You will have the option to buy a variety of photo packages for a minimal cost. You are under no obligation to buy this photograph. You will receive an order form from Lifetouch Special Events Photography in the mail. The order form will be sent to your home and your email address. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Lifetouch Special Events Photography Customer Service at 1-800-505-9496 or e-mail The commencement stage is kept intact for one hour after the ceremony so that you can take your own pictures.