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Students on the Commencement Ceremony

Graduation and Commencement

You must meet all your program requirements and apply for the degree or certificate by the deadlines for the session in which you meet the requirements in order to earn your degree or certificate. If you fail to meet all program requirements for the session in which you apply to graduate, your application will be cancelled and you will have to reapply for graduation for a later semester.

In order to apply for completion of degrees/certificates, you must complete the following steps by the dates listed. For more information, please contact Chris Bray, Coordinator, Graduate Registrar Services,

Dates and Deadlines

Submission Requirements

If using the Word Degree Audit form, do not save it as a PDF document, leave it in the Word format to send it electronically to your advisor. Once your advisor approves your audit, it will be submitted electronically by him/her to the Registrar's Office for approval.

Commencement Ceremony

Your participation in the commencement ceremony is voluntary. Commencement ceremonies are held in May and December only.

Master's student who expect to earn a degree in Spring or Summer should participate in the May commencement ceremony; those earning a degree in the Fall should participate in the December ceremony. Doctoral students should participate in the ceremony during or immediately after the semester in which they earn the degree. Doctoral students may not participate in a commencement ceremony before completing the degree.

The Dean of Students Office coordinates the commencement ceremonies. Additional information about commencement participation is available on the commencement website.

Certificate students generally do not participate in commencement. Contact your certificate advisor for additional information.