Graduation Information and Requirements

To graduate, students must meet all university and departmental requirements as stated in this catalog. It is the responsibility of the student to fulfill all requirements for graduation. Careful consultation with an academic advisor is strongly encouraged. Students must fulfill catalog requirements of the year they matriculate. However, if program/university requirements change, students may choose to fulfill the new requirements. Students may not combine or mix curricula from multiple catalog years.

Students must apply for graduation to begin the graduation audit process. The application for graduation can be filed through WebXpress or in person in the Registrar's Office. A graduation fee of $25 is required at the time of each application. Filing the application will initiate a formal degree audit of credits and requirements by the graduation evaluator. The deadlines for submitting this application are as follows: October 1 for May graduation, April 1 for August graduation, or June 1 for December graduation. Failure to apply by the appropriate deadline may result in a significant delay in the receipt of the diploma.

Scheduled commencement ceremonies are held in May and December. Undergraduate students may participate in the May ceremony if they have a minimum GPA of 2.0 and have six or less credits to complete by the end of August. Students may participate in the December ceremony if they have a minimum GPA of 2.0 and will complete all degree requirements by December 31.

Graduate students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA to participate. Contact the Program Division Director, Student Support Coordinator, or academic advisor on specific graduate program policies regarding participation in commencement.

Degrees are conferred in May, August, and December only. The degree will not be awarded until all university/ program requirements have been met. Participation in the commencement ceremonies does not mean the student has been awarded a degree. Diplomas are withheld until all financial obligations have been satisfied, and the student has completed the Financial and Exit interview if needed.

The academic records of anyone receiving a degree are closed three months after the end of the semester. Any changes to the academic record must be made by this date.