You’ve come a long way and graduation is just around the corner. Whether or not you choose to attend the commencement ceremony, you will need to apply for graduation. Let us walk you through the process.
When to Apply for Graduation
Associate’s Degree Candidates: Apply in the semester in which you earned your 30th semester hour, approximately two semesters preceding your expected graduation date.
Bachelor’s Degree Candidates: Apply in the semester in which you earned your 90th semester hour, approximately two semesters preceding your expected graduation date.
Graduate and Law Degree Candidates: Apply at least two semesters in advance of the expected semester of graduation.
Students are eligible to apply for graduation if they meet the following criteria:
- Associate’s degree candidates must have a minimum GPA of 1.75 and at least 30 credit hours earned.
- Bachelor’s degree candidates must have a minimum GPA of 1.5 and at least 90 credit hours earned.
- Graduate degree candidates must have a minimum institutional GPA of 2.5 and at least 24 credit hours earned.
- Law (Juris Doctor) degree candidates must have a minimum institutional GPA of 2.2 and at least 24 credit hours earned.
Note: These are the guidelines required to apply for graduation. GPA requirements for degree conferral are based on program requirements and University minimums of 2.0 for undergraduate students and 3.0 for graduate students.
Deadline Dates to Apply for Graduation
|Semester of Expected Graduation||
Deadline to Submit Application
|Spring 2016||by September 15, 2015|
|Summer 2016||by January 15, 2016|
|Fall 2016||by June 15, 2016|
How to Apply
Complete the application form by logging into PAWS. To access the Graduation Application, select the Enrollment tab. The Application for Graduation link is located under the Updates/Requests Student Record section of the page. Once the link is selected, step-by-step instructions will be provided regarding the application process. Submit the form online with the graduation fee.
The non-refundable graduation application fee is $25 for Associate degrees and $50 for Bachelor and Graduate degrees. Students must apply for each degree/major earned and pay a separate fee. The fee covers the cost of printing, packaging and mailing your diploma.
After You Apply
Undergraduate graduation applicants will be contacted by their college’s Office of Academic Assistance (OAA) 4-8 weeks after applying.
Graduates should continue to work with their specific academic advisor. They will work with you to ensure you are on track to meet graduation requirements. The advisor will inform you of any remaining requirements. Additionally, the Graduation Office will conduct an audit during the graduation term listed on your application.
Note: Graduate students from the College of Arts and Sciences are strongly advised to consult the website for their area as procedures differ.
Changing Your Graduation Date or Your Attendance at the Ceremony After You Apply
Students who know they will not graduate the semester for which they have applied, but will graduate a subsequent semester, or students who want to change whether they are attending the actual commencement ceremony must complete the Change of Graduation Date form.