Graduation

A graduate fixes their cap at Commencement

Commencement Event Information

Looking for event-specific information about Commencement? Visit the Commencement website.

Important Dates

Conferral Dates

Summer 2017 August 25, 2017
Fall 2017 December 29, 2017
Spring 2018 May 24, 2018

Submission Deadlines for Application for Graduation

Summer 2017 July 16, 2017
Fall 2017 October 27, 2017
Spring 2018 February 11, 2018

Reviewing Your Degree Information

If you are expecting to graduate within the next six months, you should review your self-service degree information.

Undergraduate Students

Summer applicants must apply via paper application in the AS or EN advising office.

  • Is your name spelled correctly in SIS?
  • Are you applying for the degree you think you are?
  • Is your major(s) listed correctly? All of your majors should be listed.
  • Is your minor(s) listed correctly? Minors are not printed on your diploma; however, they are noted on your official transcript.
  • If anything about your degree information does not agree with your degree intention contact your academic advisor immediately prior to applying to graduate.

Graduate Students

  • Is your name spelled correctly in SIS?
  • Are you applying for the degree you think you are?
  • Is your department listed correctly?
  • Ph.D. candidates only: View further information regarding Graduate or Doctoral Board degree completion lists and deadlines.
  • Engineering master’s candidates only: View further information regarding department-specific certification form deadlines.
  • When a student’s degree requirement materials are received after the deadlines listed above, the student will be placed on the next semester’s degree completion list.
  • If anything about your degree information does not agree with your degree intention department coordinator immediately prior to applying to graduate.

Advanced Academic Programs (AAP)

Visit the Advanced Academic Programs website for AAP graduation information.

If anything about your degree information does not agree with your degree intention, contact your divisional office immediately prior to applying to graduate.

Engineering for Professionals (EP)

Visit the Engineering for Professionals website for EP graduation information.

If anything about your degree information does not agree with your degree intention contact your divisional office immediately prior to applying to graduate.

Applying to Graduate

Follow the directions below to complete your graduation application prior to the deadline.

Note: Some Masters degree candidates may not be able to apply online for graduation; therefore you must complete a paper application available from your department or at the Office of the Registrar.

  1. Log into your SIS account.
  2. Select the “Registration” menu.
  3. Choose “Program of Study” from the drop down.
  4. Click Apply to Graduate”.
  5. Complete all required fields* and click “Submit”.
  6. Print a copy of the application for your record and/or advisor.

*Please use the most current mailing and email address as this will be where you receive all commencement information. Your diploma will be mailed to this address if you are conferred in the fall or summer, or if you finish in spring but do not attend the ceremony.

Note: Once the deadline to apply has passed the option to choose the correct completion term will no longer be available in SIS. After the deadline date, late applications to graduate will need to be completed using the paper application form (follow your Academic Advising office instructions). Late applications may delay receiving your diploma in time for Commencement.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I update my name?

Contact the Office of the Registrar to make any name changes. First and last name changes require legal documentation.

How do I phonetically spell my name?

It is important to enter non-common names as this is what the reader at the Commencement ceremony will use to pronounce your name on stage. View a PDF Document: sample phonetics chart.

Why is there an application deadline?

Application deadlines are set so that diplomas arrive in accordance with your conferral date. Once the deadline to apply has passed the option to choose the correct completion term will no longer be available in SIS. Late applications to graduate will need to be completed using a paper application form. Note: This may delay receiving your diploma in time for Commencement.

Can I update my address after I applied to graduate?

Please contact the Office of the Registrar to complete the diploma mailing address change. Depending on when the request is made, the address may not be able to be altered.

Can I pick-up my diploma?

If you confer in spring, you can pick-up your diploma at or after the university-wide Commencement Ceremony in May, with the exception of AAP and Post-Baccalaureate Certificates. If you confer in fall or summer, the diplomas will be mailed directly to the address provided on your graduation application.

I can’t apply online. Why?

  • You may have missed the deadline to apply. After the deadline date, late applications to graduate must be completed using the paper application form (follow your Academic Advising office instructions). This may delay receiving your diploma in time for Commencement.
  • Some master’s degree candidates may not be able to apply online for graduation; therefore you must complete a paper application available from your department or at the Office of the Registrar.
  • If you are an undergraduate applying for summer, you must submit a paper application with your Advising Office.