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Applying for Graduation


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 and your department to validate your candidacy status. Students are advised to check your candidacy status often in go.alcorn.edu (Degree Plan and Checklist). Graduation candidacy updates will follow at appropriate times during the respective semester to alert students regarding any graduation information they need to be apprised. You should review the Graduate Candidacy Checklist in go.alcorn.edu and collaborate with your advisor 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 in go.alcorn.edu 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 two times a year, December and May. 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. Students who graduated summer will be included in the December.

Official Notification of Degree

A notification is included in the December and 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 graduatestudies@alcorn.edu 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 within one week following the close of the official commencement ceremony after the close of the semester.