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Summer 2020 Information


Congratulations Fall 2019, Spring 2020, and upcoming Summer 2020 graduates!

Summer Graduates

Iowa Lakes has received applications for students seeking summer graduation. These applications are on file, and diplomas have been ordered. Ordering a diploma does not mean that all graduation requirements will be met by the end of the summer semester. Diplomas are ordered with the expectation that all requirements will be satisfied. If any problems are identified with an application, Iowa Lakes has notified the student and their advisor.

Graduates Attending the July 24th Commencement

This letter includes many details concerning the commencement ceremony. Please read this letter carefully and help us to make this a safe and memorable event.

Date and Location

The 2020 Graduation and Commencement Ceremony will be held on Friday, July 24, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. on the Emmetsburg Campus of Iowa Lakes Community College. Graduation will be held outside, and seating will follow social distancing guidelines. Please see the campus map for a layout of the 2020 Graduation and Commencement Ceremony.

Guests of Graduates

Graduates are asked to please limit the number of guests invited to attend the ceremony to three (3) adult guests. Guests should bring their own seating and will have room to social distance from other groups. We expect all guests to bring and wear masks should social distance barriers be broken. Guests will be asked to remain seated throughout the ceremony.

Please note: The Iowa Department of Public Health strongly encourages anyone over the age of 65, or those with underlying health conditions that may put them at higher risk, should not attend this event. Additionally, if a graduate or any guests have been in personal contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with or exposed to COVID-19, or is experiencing any of the following symptoms listed below, also should not plan to attend this event.

  • Fever of 100.4 or above
  • Runny nose, cough, or sore throat

Please note, the 2020 Graduation and Commencement Ceremony will be available via webcast on the Iowa Lakes website for additional family and friends to view the ceremony.

Check-in: Cap/Gown/Mask/Tassel

Graduates should plan to start arriving by 6 p.m. and park in the lots indicated on the campus map. Iowa Lakes has provided a schedule for staggered arrival times below. Graduates should then come to Entrance #1 or #2 (on the north side of the campus) and pick up their cap, gown, tassel, and a mask. They will then be ushered to their seat. Graduates should remain seated until it is time to cross the stage. Graduates are expected to wear masks throughout the evening, except when walking across the stage.

Last names that begin with:

A-F Please arrive at 6:00 p.m.
G-J Please arrive at 6:10 p.m.
K-M Please arrive at 6:20 p.m.
N-R Please arrive at 6:30 p.m.
S-V Please arrive at 6:40 p.m.
W-Z Please arrive at 6:50 p.m.

There will be tables with totes throughout the area, where graduates may drop off their gown after the commencement ceremony.

Please social distance from other graduates when returning gowns.

Graduate Belongings

Security will not be provided for belongings while attending the ceremony. Graduates should not bring anything along that cannot be stored on your person.

Guest Parking and Seating

Guests will park in the East parking lots. Handicapped parking is available. Reminder, guests should bring their own seating, and there is ample space to allow for social distancing from other groups.

Diploma Cover

Graduates will receive a commencement program and diploma cover during the ceremony. Reminder, graduates should carry the diploma cover while crossing the stage.

Fall and spring graduates who have received their diploma and cover in the mail may leave the cover on the chair after the commencement ceremony, or turn it in with the gown.

Summer graduates should keep the diploma cover, as diplomas will be mailed after degrees are posted.

Professional Photographs

A professional photographer will take photos of graduates while they cross the stage. Graduates are encouraged to watch the college graduation webpage, after the ceremony to view photos.


Graduates whose plans have changed, and are now unable to attend, should contact the Records Office by Monday, July 15, 2020, at Emmetsburg (712-852-5265) or Estherville (712-362-7922).

Mailing Diplomas

Iowa Lakes will attempt to clear all summer graduates during August and post awards on student academic records.

Transcripts showing graduation will be available at that time. If grades are missing or there are incomplete (I) grades, this process may take longer. Students seeking to have their transcripts sent should submit these requests now. Please note that the request for transcripts can be held until after graduation is posted.

Diplomas for those cleared will be sent as soon as they are prepared, and usually happens within eight weeks.

Reminder to summer graduates. Do not forget to keep the diploma cover you receive at the 2020 Graduation and Commencement ceremony.

If you have any questions, please contact the records office at Emmetsburg (712-852-5265) or Estherville (712-362-7922).

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