2023-2024 Academic Catalog


Commencement Policy

Commencement exercises are held two times each year in May and December. Candidates must complete all requirements no later than the published deadlines for graduation.

The Office of the Registrar processes all applications for graduation. Any student expecting to complete academic requirements at the end of a semester must complete and file an application for graduation through the academic department by the designated due date for the applicable semester. It is the responsibility of the department chair to submit the necessary forms and documentation to the Registrar’s Office in compliance with established deadlines. A graduation application fee will be assessed in accordance with the University Fee Schedule.

Students must resolve deficiencies and/or discrepancies in the academic record with the department chair/program coordinator/director within prescribed guidelines including incomplete removals and meeting thesis and dissertation format requirements. Failure to do so may result in deferring graduation.

Commencement Participation

Candidates for graduation must complete all degree requirements and satisfy all financial obligations in order to participate in commencement ceremonies. Academic and financial clearances must be obtained before academic attire is issued to the student. Information about commencement requirements can be found on the Office of the Registrar’s website: