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Graduation & Commencement Requirements


Save the Date—May 17, 2014

On Saturday, May 17, 2014, we will celebrate this remarkable milestone for the Class of 2014 and their families and friends with a special commencement ceremony.

It is the student’s responsibility to comply with all regulations as well as to satisfy all degree requirements as stated in the general catalog.

Filing for Graduation and Diplomas

Students should have a course evaluation completed by their Academic Advisor upon completion of 90 units. Students applying for graduation should file the Petition to Graduate form with the Registrar upon completion of 100 units. This allows the University time to assess the student's progress toward the degree by ensuring that the remaining degree requirements can be taken so that the student can graduate on time. A Petition to Graduate for Undergraduate or Petition to Graduate for Teacher Education must be filed by the student at the beginning of their senior year, if they are to be eligible for graduation at the end of that year.

The student's diploma will list the degree, and, if appropriate, academic honors. The official transcript will also list the major areas of concentration, if applicable.

The graduation ceremony for graduates of each academic year is held in May.

Any waiver or substitution approved by a student's Department Coordinator shall be considered as an alteration of the graduation requirements for that student only, and does not constitute a general change in University or department graduation requirements.

Undergraduates who will have completed all but twelve or fewer units at the end of a spring semester may petition through their respective Coordinators for permission to participate in the Graduation Commencement Exercises that May. The petition forms are available from the Registrar and must be submitted to the Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs with a proposal demonstrating that the student will complete the degree requirements by the end of the Summer following the Commencement. Students permitted to participate in the Commencement Exercises will receive their degree upon actual degree fulfillment and will be listed in the Commencement booklet (graduation list) appropriate to their actual degree date.

Diploma Distribution

Once the student has completed all course requirements, the student must submit the Conferral of Degree For Master Program or Conferral of Degree For Undergraduate Program to their advisor. Once the Office of the Registrar receives this form, your diploma/certificate will be ordered. Students can obtain this form at the Office of the Registrar OR print a copy of the form from this web page.

The official graduation date will reflect the completion of all academic requirements for the degree and not the last term of enrollment.

Diplomas will only be released to students who have paid the required graduation fee and have otherwise been cleared by the University.