Academic Ceremonies

Countdown to Commencement - Your To Do List

Checklist, Class Representative, Tell Us Your Story

Candidate Checklist

  • Apply for Graduation. This can be done anytime of year but is most effective when the deadlines are met. The application triggers a review of the student's record to ensure they are completing the final degree requirements and that the student is officially added to the graduation list.
  • Apply to be the Representative of the Class of 2018 by February 12.
  • Attend the Graduation Fair
    • Verify your name for your diploma and the Commencement program at the Graduation Fair or at the Enrollment Services desk in Kettler Hall.
    • Verify your pending degree information at the Graduation Fair or at the Enrollment Services desk in Kettler Hall. Does your official record reflect all of the degree information it should, including majors, minors, and any certificates?
    • Purchase your cap and gown at the Graduation Fair, online, or at the Bookstore. See the cap and gown tab above.
  • Register for Commencement. Beginning in March and when you are added to the official graduation list, a unique-to-you registration link will be sent to your myIPFW email.
  • Act on your plans for alumni membership, graduate school, and career advancement.
  • Attend Senior Send-off on April 17 and 18 to pick up your pre-ordered cap and gown. The Commencement party starts at the Senior Send-off.

Note: Your seat at Commencement is reserved only when you have both purchased your cap and gown and registered to attend.

Apply for Class Representative and Speak at Commencement

Candidates from this year’s graduating class are invited to apply to serve as the Class of 2018 Representative.  The Class Representative will be seated on stage and give the student response at IPFW’s Commencement ceremony. 

Eligible candidates will:

  • graduate in December 2017 or May or summer 2018
  • be available to attend rehearsal and speak at the ceremony (both occur on Wednesday, May 9)
  • be competent at public speaking and willing to refine remarks with a mentor
  • possess a positive attitude, enthusiasm for the IPFW experience, and an unblemished citizenship/conduct record
  • be recognized as a positive role model for fellow students and demonstrate substantial involvement in student life or leadership

To apply, submit a complete Class Representative application and a 300–450 word written draft of proposed Commencement remarks (approximately three minutes of spoken word) which express the speaker’s unique spirit and IPFW experience, highlight the speaker’s personal growth while at IPFW, and engage and provoke thought in fellow graduates.

Candidates will be screened on the basis of their application form and submitted draft.  Finalists will be asked to participate in a short interview with the committee, present as a speech to the committee the submitted draft remarks, and confirm availability for Commencement, rehearsal, and any other needed speech rehearsals.

The committee will comprise representatives from the faculty, student affairs, alumni relations, and academic ceremonies and choose the class representative on the basis of academic achievement, campus activity and involvement, submitted remarks, and public speaking.

Class Representative applications are due by 5 p.m., Monday, February 12, 2018 and may be submitted by email to or in person in the Office of Academic Ceremonies, Kettler Hall, room 157.  Please direct questions to Kelly Shanks, Coordinator of Academic Ceremonies. 

Tell Us Your Story!

Please join us in celebrating just a few of the amazing stories behind our graduates. May their stories inspire you to accomplish new things and persevere through rough times.

We'd love to hear your story, too.  To share, contact:

Kimberly Wagner
Director of Public Relations

    Twitter: @IPFWnews


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