Graduation & Alumni Services


Alumni Association

The mission of the Alumni Association of IAU is to foster a mutually beneficial relationship between the University and its alumni ... to perpetuate a sense of pride in and commitment to the outstanding qualities of the University and the education it provides, and to promote, in partnership, a positive image of the University and its alumni through communication, service, and leadership.

The IAU Alumni Association believes that its responsibility is to work with the entire campus community and alumni to cultivate a sense of loyalty among all alumni towards Alma Mater. An IAU education involves a life-long process of learning, teaching, leading, and serving to advance the University. With each passing year the diversity of students, alumni, faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of the University increases. We, therefore, believe it is important for all members of the University Alumni Association to focus attention on the following four value statements.

We value the relationship that all Alumni have with the University.
We value the service that Alumni provide to the campus community and their local communities on behalf of the University.
We value the philanthropy that Alumni contribute to the University.
We value the heritage of our University and hope that all Alumni strive to learn from the past as we focus on the future.

Apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT)

If you're interested in applying for Optional Practical Training (OPT) to have post-graduation work authorization, please read the section titled "How to Apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT)" on our F-1 Services page under F-1 Employment Authorization & Internships (CPT/OPT).

Graduation/OPT Workshops 2020

Graduation Degree & Graduation Package

Graduation from IAU is a significant accomplishment and tells a great deal about your dedication and willingness to finish what you started. Challenging oneself to earn a degree in any of IAU's programs is exciting and will always bring a strong sense of pride.

A student is awarded a degree when s/he:

  • Applies for graduation and a formal graduation evaluation is conducted.
  • Successfully completes all academic requirements in your program of study.
  • Has an overall grade point average of 2.0 at the undergraduate level and 3.0 at the graduate level.
  • Satisfies all financial obligations.
  • It is encouraged that you complete the End of Program survey so that we gain your feedback on how we can improve your program.

The Graduation Package includes:

  • Degree
  • Padded degree cover
  • Statement of Completion (SOC)
  • Transcripts

Allow 4-6 weeks to receive your Graduation Package; international students please allow up to 8 weeks.

Graduation Petition

In order to graduate students must fill out a Graduation Petition Form and pay the graduation fee before the deadline. Learn more by visiting this webpage:

Graduation Photos

IAU offers a photo service for graduated students for a $25 processing fee. Students must contact the Office of Student Services ( to schedule a time and date. A gown, tassel, cap, cord, and hood will be prepared for the student. Students will receive photos electronically and one printed 8x10 glossy photo.

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Read what students have said about IAU. Go to our Testimonials Page.