Spring 2016 Grad Finale

Congratulations, Class of 2016!


Candidates for May and August 2016 Graduation




Grad Finale will take place on Thursday, March 17th in the Harre Union Ballroom from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. All students planning to participate in the May 2016 Commencement Ceremony are invited to attend. Students who graduate in August each year participate in the preceding May Commencement Ceremony.


Light refreshments will be served.

This event is designed to help you prepare for the May Commencement Ceremony and life after graduation.

Important items at this event include:

  • Order your cap and gown for the ceremony through Jostens.
    • Payment will be required at the time of pick-up in the Bookstore. Students will be notified via email when regalia is ready for pick-up.
    • Please try on your gown immediately after picking it up and contact the Bookstore if there are any sizing problems.
  • Order your graduation announcements through Jostens.
  • Order your class ring.
  • Review your degree information and diploma name spelling with the Office of the Registrar.
  • Use the Career Center's resources as you search for a job and move through your career - we work with alumni and current students!  Avoid lines at Grad Finale by completing our Graduate Survey here.
  • Learn about user accounts for graduates from Information Technology.
  • Ensure all financial obligations are taken care of with Student Accounts.
  • All graduating students who have borrowed Direct Federal Loans are required to complete Direct Loan Exit Counseling. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

If you are unable to attend Grad Finale, you must take care of these important items before commencement by contacting the departments directly.

Cap and Gown Pricing will be announced soon.

  • $. - Bachelor Unit (cap, gown, tassel)
  • $. - Masters Unit with Hood
  • $. - Masters Hood Only
  • $. - Bachelors Gown Only
  • $. - Master Gown Only
  • $. - Cap Only
  • $. - Tassel Only

Payment Methods: Cash, Check (payable to University Book Center), Major Credit Card, or Crusader Cash.
(Visit the Bookstore online for additional information including hours of operation.)

Congratulations on your achievement!

Please visit the Commencement web page for more information including

  • Tickets
  • Guests with special needs
  • Receptions
  • Shuttle Service
  • Lodging
  • Photos/DVD/Webcast

All students planning to participate in the December 2015 Commencement Ceremony are invited to attend Fall 2015 Grad Finale.



Senior Portraits

November 11, 12, and 13
Details will be announced in late September.

Look Your Best!
Dress Up from the Waist Up.
Men: Shirt & Tie, with Jackets being optional
Women: Dressy Blouse, Top, or Suit.




  • Graduates will receive an email from the Office of the Registrar when diplomas are ready for pick up.
  • Diplomas for May 2016 graduates will be available in the Office of the Registrar in June 2016.
  • We are unable to release diplomas to graduates with any outstanding obligations to the University. Please resolve any outstanding obligations with the applicable offices before graduation.
  • A photo ID is required to pick up your diploma in the Office of the Registrar.
  • If you are unable to pick up your diploma on campus, please use the Diploma Request available through DataVU to give us the address to which the diploma should be sent.
    • You may complete a Diploma Request right away, and we will mail your diploma as soon as it's ready.
    • You may make changes if needed to your request by logging back into DataVU and updating the Diploma Request form any time before your diploma is mailed.

Office of the Registrar Business Hours:
Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central Time




All transcript orders are placed through DataVU. Valpo alumni are extended the courtesy of lifetime access to DataVU and email accounts. Please visit the Transcript page for more information on placing an order.