Graduation Checklist

Spring 2021

For graduating seniors: review the following checklist as you prepare for the end of the academic year.

Offices and departments across the campus want seniors to have a clear understanding of the steps needed to graduate. Should you have any questions along the way, contact information for the relevant offices is available below the list.

For Seniors, Spring 2021: graduation deadlines

Date Task/Event
April 11 Residence halls close. Students who live on campus had the opportunity to apply to remain on campus until May 18. Visit Reed's Residence Life website for more information.
April 11 through May 14 On-campus surveillance testing continues, at no cost to Reed students. Anyone accessing campus should continue to get regular COVID-19 testing.
April 30 Thesis draft to Registrar, copies to orals board.
May 3
Make sure you’re signed up for COVID-19 testing. Anyone planning to attend the in-person ceremony must be tested twice the week of 5/3 and twice the week of 5/10.
Prepare for oral exam. Orals week begins.
Make sure your name will be read correctly at the ceremony.
May 10 Make sure you’re signed up for COVID-19 testing. Anyone planning to attend the in-person ceremony must be tested twice the week of 5/10.
May 13, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Robes are available for pick-up at GCC-BCD, same hours as testing
May 14 before noon Submit a digital copy of your thesis to the library.
May 14, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Robes are available for pick-up at GCC-BCD, same hours as testing
May 14 before 4 p.m. Pay your business office account balance and pay any outstanding balance on bookstore account.
May 14 Complete Reed loan exit counseling (if applicable). Contact the Business Office if you have questions.
May 14 before 5 p.m. If you receive an email notice saying that your diploma is on hold, please contact the business office to resolve the hold. The hold may be due to unpaid financial obligations or loan counseling.
Mid-May Your email will be going away in August. Set up a vacation message to start notifying your contacts, and make sure to use a personal email address when applying for jobs.
May 15, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Last chance to pick up robes before the ceremony! GCC-BCD
May 15 at 2 p.m. Mandatory commencement rehearsal, 2pm in the Quad
Time capsule: Bring a token of your time at Reed to Commencement rehearsal for the class of 2021 time capsule, which will only be opened again at your 25th Reunion! Place it in the large wooden box by the Alumni Programs banner and we’ll take care of the rest. The box will also be present at Commencement.
May 17 by 9:45 a.m. Participate in Commencement! Put on your cap and gown and be in the Quad by 9:45 a.m. to get lined up for Commencement.
May 18 at noon

Note that the Health & Counseling Center closes for summer. Students who are still seeing a health care provider at the HCC need to make sure to get any prescription refills before May 18.


Seniors who were approved to stay on campus past April 11 must move out of on-campus housing.

May 22 Update IRIS account with current contact information, including a phone number, email address, and mailing address.
May 30 Return all library books.
June 1

Submit your request for personal copies of your bound thesis by June 1, 2021.

Start transitioning your Reed Google documents to a personal account. Your Reed accounts will close in August.

August 2 Your Reed account will be transitioned to alumni status on this day—no more Reed email! Back up any documents and emails from your Reed Google Account  before your account is transitioned. Contact CUS for assistance.
Access to Banner Self-Service ends. This includes acces to payroll and tax forms.
August 14 Determine personal health insurance needs. Reed health insurance ends on August 14 (if applicable).
Spring 2022 Student Account Center will remain open until spring 2022. Students (and authorized others) will be able to view and pay their business office account.

Contact information

Alumni Programs

for questions about transition from student to alumni status


Business Office

for paying financial obligations, including printing charges and library fees. Also the contact for the Perkins and Reed loan exit counseling.


Center for Life Beyond Reed

The CLBR advising team is available for remote advising this summer, and up to a year after graduation to assist with your job search, Linkedin, and alumni connections, as well as graduate school, law school, med school, and fellowships applications.  No appointment necessary in summer 2020: virtual drop in  Remember, you don’t need to know what you want to do next.  Just make an appointment in Handshake.

For jobs updated daily: keep an eye on Handshake (50+ paid jobs and internships are posted each day) and follow us on Twitter @GriffinGigs where we post our favorite paid jobs. 


Computer User Services

for thesis formatting:
for Reed Google Account migration: (click the chat icon in the lower left)


Financial Aid

for loan exit counseling



for thesis submission questions

Sarah Bavier

Printing Services

for thesis binding

Joseph Tafoya

Registrar's Office

for thesis submission and graduation requirements

Senior Handbook (PDF)


Residence Life

for on-campus housing and move out