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Graduation & Commencement

Graduation & Commencement


Commencement Ceremony

​​Commencement vs. Graduation

There are important differences between commencement and graduation.

Graduation is the completion of all degree requirements as recorded on the official transcript. Commencement is the ceremony held in May each year that celebrates the completion of a degree. Participation in the commencement ceremony does not imply official graduation. 

All graduates must apply for graduation​ by completing the Graduation Application form and submitting it to the Information Center in the Student Services building.

Students planning to participate in the commencement ceremony should view the Commencement Checklist​ and complete any remaining requirements for the ceremony.


​​News & Announcements

Be sure to check the commencement ​website for news and updates on the ceremony. For example, information concerning ceremony changes because of inclement weather will be announced on the website.​