Applying for Graduation

  Commencement 2016

Are You Ready??? 

Candidates for graduation should review all graduation requirements in the Graduate Catalog in in which you will graduate.  Make sure you submit your application for degree by the published deadline for your expected graduation term.  Following submission of your application, a degree audit will be conducted by the Office of Graduate Studies to validate your candidacy status. This communication will be emailed to you at your preferred email address.  You will receive three communications in this email:  Cover letter, Graduation Candidacy Checklist, and a Graduation Candidacy Checklist Guide. You should review the Graduate Candidacy Checklist to complete all outstanding graduate level requirements to determine if you are ready for graduation.

If after submitting your Application for Degree you determine you are not ready to graduate, you must consult with your academic advisor and submit a new application to change your date of graduation. After your date change application has been submitted and processed, a new degree evaluation will be completed to determine if you are now ready to graduate.  If you do not submit your application by the published deadlines, your application will be processed for the next graduation term.

Students must complete all requirements for the degree indicated on your application.  If outstanding requirements have not been met by the term indicated, you will not be permitted to participate in Commencement

Degrees are conferred three times a year: December, May, and Summer of the academic year.  The date is indicated on the diploma based on the term for which you applied and completed all degree requirements.  Students must have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average to graduate.  There is only one official or formal Commencement Ceremony each academic year, which is held in May.  Students who graduated summer and December will be included in the May Commencement Program. 

Official Notification of Degree
A notification is included in the May degree cover of the timeline to mail diplomas.  Diplomas will be mailed to the address the student has listed on the Application for Degree.  If an address has changed, the student must send an email request to to update your address.  Diplomas are mailed on a rolling basis following posting of final grades and validation of clearance of graduation requirements.  This timeframe is normally four to eight weeks after the close of the semester.