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Seven Easy Steps to Getting Your Diploma

  1. Advisor

     Meet with your advisor and review your degree audit report for unmet requirements. Graduate Students: Don't forget to enroll in either GR698 or GR699.  Specialists must enroll in GR799.
  2. Enroll

    Enroll in all requirements. If completing a requirement by way of transfer credit, use the portal to verify the course will transfer as you expect; enroll in coursework at the other institution; provide proof of enrollment.  This includes your name, the name of the school, the course number and title, and the semester or dates in which the course(s) will be completed. (Note: in addition to enrolling in courses, you do have to complete them satisfactorily.)
  3. Evaluation

    After enrolling, run an updated degree evaluation. What's missing? If the department is substituting or waiving a requirement on your major, have the substitution sent to the Registrar's Office from the department chair or approved program coordinator.  Advisors alone cannot approve substitutions or waivers.
  4. Apply for Graduation

    Complete the graduation application for the semester in which you will complete your last requirements (i.e., summer class or internship = summer graduation). Read the instructions carefully! You may apply through the portal, Student SS tab>Services>Apply to Graduate.

    If you have difficulty with the online application, view our Problems with the Graduation Application? page.
  5. Candidate Information

    All students who wish to receive a degree must submit an application and complete Candidate Information online, or they will not receive their diploma. Only those receiving a degree are eligible to participate in commencement.  Even if you are not participating in commencement, you MUST complete this step.   About seven weeks into the graduation semester, approved applicants will be notified to to do so through the portal, Graduation Application Status.  A new link – "Candidate Information" – will be available inside this link. Complete the Candidate Information by following the link and directions. Be sure to hit the submit button to complete the process.  If you are not an approved candidate, you will not be able to access this information, and should address any unmet requirement immediately to avoid late fees.
  6. Commencement

    Commencement for the fall and spring semesters occurs on the Saturday following final exams. Read and follow directions regarding cap and gown pick up when received.

    There is no summer commencement; students graduating in summer may choose to participate in the preceding spring commencement (provided they have enrolled and applied for summer graduation no later than Friday of the first week of summer enrollment) or they may choose to participate in commencement in the following fall semester. Only students who are completing their education in the summer may choose the semester in which they attend commencement. Students are not required to participate in commencement, but students graduating in the summer must mark either spring or fall so that their name will be included in the appropriate program.
  7. Diploma

    If possible, there will be a few days when you can pick up your diploma. You will be notified by SE e-mail when diplomas are ready. Diplomas not picked up during that time period will be mailed immediately. Your diploma will be sent in the mail with a complimentary transcript, and a copy of the commencement program (if possible) to the address verified as correct at cap and gown pick-up. Expect it about eight weeks after finals.


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