Undergraduate Graduation Checklist

Graduation Status

  • Your graduation status will be posted in AccessPlus by midterm. To check graduation status, click on student tab, select graduation from menu on left and then graduation status in upper left-hand corner.
  • You will receive an email every time your graduation status is updated.

Checking your graduation status video

Outstanding Graduation Requirements

Degree Audit and Other Issues

  • Contact your adviser
  • Changes to degree audit must be initiated by your adviser and submitted to department/main college office for approval.

Grades for incompletes, non-report coursework, grade changes, and/or test out credit

  • Must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar by August 3, 2018.

Official transcript for transfer coursework from other schools

  • Must be submitted to the Admissions Office, 100 Enrollment Services Center by August 31, 2018.

All outstanding graduation requirements must be resolved by August 3, 2018.

If you cannot meet this deadline, please contact the Graduation Office, 210 Enrollment Services Center at 515-294-1840 or at graduation@iastate.edu.

Participation in the University Commencement Ceremony

Diploma Mailing Address and Ceremony Information Form

Complete form in AccessPlus before Friday, August 3, 2018. Note: system will close after this date.

1) Log into your student AccessPlus account.
2) Click on the Student tab, select Graduation from menu on the left, then Diploma/Ceremony in the upper left corner.
3) Select your name. This will open up the form.
4) Complete the following information:

  • Address you would like your diploma mailed
  • Newspaper release
  • Indicate attendance at the University Ceremony
  • Indicate attendance at College Convocation.

5) Diploma distribution and covers.

Completing the Diploma/Ceremony Form Tutorial

With Distinction Cords

  • Pick up in the Registrar's Office, 214 Enrollment Services Center after July 1.
  • For eligibility details visit: http://catalog.iastate.edu/academics/#scholasticrecognitiontext and see the text under "Graduation with Distinction."
  • Check Graduation Status in AccessPlus (Student tab, Graduation, Graduation Status) to see if you will be graduating with distinction and what level.


  • Transcripts with grades and degrees will run the night of August 15, 2018
  • Go to the transcripts webpage for more information.

Financial Information

Financial Aid Exit Counseling Session

  • An exit counseling session is mandatory if you have borrowed through the Federal Direct Stafford Loan Program (either subsidized or unsubsidized).
  • Complete your exit counseling online by going to http://www.nslds.ed.gov. If you have questions, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid, 0210 Beardshear, or call 515-294-2223.

Loans Receivable Exit Counseling Session

  • An exit counseling session is mandatory if you have borrowed from the Disadvantaged Student Loan, Federal Perkins Loan, Health Profession Student Loan or University Long Term Loan programs.
  • If you have questions, please contact Loans Receivables, 0880 Beardshear, or call 515-294-8747.

Accounts Receivable Office

  • Review your u-bill periodically, 1-2 months after graduation for any late charges.
  • Your transcript will not be released after graduation unless all financial obligations are cleared. For more information, go to 0880 Beardshear Hall or call 515-294-7388.

Email After Graduation


Post-Graduation Plans Survey

Alumni Questionnaire

To keep connected with you after you graduate, the university requests that you complete the Alumni Questionnaire on the graduation tab in Access Plus.


Contact the Graduation Office, 210 Enrollment Services Center, phone 515-294-1840, fax 515-294-9925, or email graduation@iastate.edu.