Office of the Registrar

Spring Graduation

The University of Northern Iowa announced the cancellation of the Spring 2020 Commencement Ceremonies due to COVID-19 on Wednesday, March 18. An email with more information was sent out on Friday, April 3.

The cancellation of Spring 2020 Commencement Ceremonies will not impact your ability to graduate or receive your diploma.

If you are planning to complete your degree requirements by the conclusion of Spring 2020, be sure to still complete the Application for Graduation to initiate degree evaluation.

Completing Your Degree Requirements

Completing your degree requirements means that all coursework and all departmental graduation requirements (e.g., comprehensive examinations, internships, student teaching, correspondence work, departmental defense, internship, research paper, project, recital, etc.), that are part of your degree program, are completed.

You can track your progress towards your degree by utilizing your Academic Advisement Report, which provides information on how your coursework applies to your degree requirements.  If you have questions about your academic progress or your Academic Advisement Report, please meet with your academic advisor or with your Record Analyst.

Applying to Graduate

If you are completing your final degree requirements during the Spring semester and plan to have a degree awarded in May, you must submit your Application for Graduation by April 8 at 4:30 p.m.

  • Students with multiple majors need to submit only one graduation application and should apply under first declared/major/primary major.
  • To see if your degree has been awarded, please refer to your unofficial grade report. The graduation check-out process takes two to four weeks time to complete after all grades have been received. The Office of the Registrar’s  Record Analysts verify that all degree requirements have been satisfied.  Please be patient through the degree conferral process. 

Online Commencement Celebration & Participation in Fall 2020 Commencement

Although we cannot hold a traditional commencement, we still want to celebrate and share your success. We are excited to invite you to participate in our Spring 2020 Online Commencement Celebration from home! Your momentous achievement will be recognized and shareable with your friends, family, and the UNI community. Please complete the Commencement Reply by Wednesday, April 8 to participate. Then, watch your email for further information and next steps.

In addition to our Online Commencement Celebration, you are invited to participate in Fall 2020 Commencement. If you wish to do so, complete the Commencement RSVP for Fall 2020 before October 15. Your RSVP is necessary to make sure we allocate the appropriate space for our graduates and their guests and to have reader cards available for your participation. The Commencement RSVP is available online through your MyUNIverse.

The names and academic honors of those students who graduate at the end of the Spring & Summer term will be automatically included in the Fall Commencement Program since no Summer Commencement Ceremony is held.

Deficiencies

If you are not planning to meet requirements for your degree during the Spring semester, and you submitted an Application for Graduation, please notify your Record Analyst as soon as possible.

All deficiencies must be satisfied before June 12, 2020.  If deficiencies are not completed by this date, you must then complete the Application for Graduation for the term in which you plan to complete all remaining degree requirements.

Doctoral Candidates:

Doctoral candidates are only eligible to participate in the ceremony of their intended graduation. To be eligible for participation, students must have applied by April 1 and have completed all degree requirements, including approval of the dissertation to the Graduate College prior to the last week of classes for the Spring term. Candidates are not eligible to participate in commencement before the dissertation is approved by the Graduate College and all degree requirements are met. Doctoral Hooding practice for students will occur one hour prior to their commencement ceremony.

Graduating with Honors

Three levels of honors are awarded to undergraduate students upon graduation from a bachelor's degree curriculum. To receive an honor rating, the student must earn no less than 55 semester hours of credit at UNI. Only credit earned in residence at this university is considered in earning honor awards, except for students graduating with the Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree, in which case, both residence and non-residence credit is considered.

The names of the students receiving honors are identified in the Commencement Program and on the official academic transcript. Students will be notified by letter from the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs if they have qualified for the Summa Cum Laude award. The Office of the Registrar will notify students if they have qualified for the Magna Cum Laude and Cum Laude honor. Students will be mailed their awards accordingly.

  • Summa Cum Laude: Students whose cumulative UNI grade point average places them in the top 3% of those students graduating from their academic major college/division will be awarded Summa Cum Laude. These students will receive a Summa Cum Laude medallion and will also be noted in the Commencement Program with three asterisks (***) by their name.
  • Magna Cum Laude: Students whose cumulative UNI grade point average places them in the top 4% through top 8% of those students graduating from their academic major college/division will be awarded Magna Cum Laude. These students will receive a purple cord and will also be noted in the Commencement Program with two asterisks (**) by their name.
  • Cum Laude: Students whose cumulative UNI grade point average places them in the top 9% through top 15% of those students graduating from their academic major college/division will be awarded Cum Laude. These students will receive a gold cord and will also be noted in the Commencement Program with one asterisk (*) by their name.

Students’ official honors designation will be listed on their transcript once grades from their final term are posted.

Diplomas and Outstanding Bills

Your diploma will be mailed to your permanent home address approximately six weeks after grades have been reported by the faculty and eligibility for graduation has been determined. You can check the accuracy of your permanent home address or make changes to it prior to Commencement through your MyUNIverse account. A tutorial is available online here.

If you wish your diploma to be mailed to a different address other than your home address after the Commencement Ceremony, notify commencement@uni.edu and include your student UID. Please do this within one week after the end of the term.

A diploma will not be mailed to any student who, at the time of degree conferral, has account holds with the university. Once the account hold has been removed, notify registrar@uni.edu.

International students who wish their diploma be sent to their home country, or to an address outside of the U.S. border, send an e-mail to commencement@uni.edu with your complete international address and international phone number. International diplomas will be sent out by DHL express mail service.