In late March 2018 a PDF draft of the commencement program will be available here for students and families of students to preview before it goes to print for the event. Graduating students will receive an email in their Drake email account when the PDF goes live.
ADDITIONAL NOTES FOR GRADUATES:
I. If you have not filed a graduation application by Wednesday, February 15th, there is no guarantee that your name will appear in the commencement program because of printing/proofreading deadlines. Please file your application ASAP. Your graduation application not only gets your name listed in the program, it also assures you a seat among the graduates from your college during the commencement ceremony and assures that the college will process your degree release in a timely manner.
II. According to a Faculty Senate ruling from Spring 2005, colleges will not be able to "release your degree" if you have an Incomplete grade (I) earned in any course from Spring 2005 to the present time. Until your degree is released, no diploma will be mailed and your transcript will not say you have graduated. Keep this in mind as you complete this semester's work.
III. Related to item II above, if all the work for your degree is not completed within 45 days after the end of the term your graduation term will be moved forward to the next term. That is, if you are an anticipated May graduate but you still have outstanding work by July 6, 2017 your diploma and transcript will not say you are a May graduate. Your graduation date will be moved forward to August 2017.