Commencement 2018

Commencement 2020 Update

In acknowledgement of the severity of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the deeply difficult decision to not hold our 2020 Commencement on Thursday, May 21. 
There is no greater pleasure in our year than to witness and celebrate, in-person, the accomplishments of our students. With that in mind, we are making contingency plans for a celebration in August if conditions allow. Keep in mind, this is a TENTATIVE PLAN. We also intend to recognize the May 21 celebration online so graduates can still mark the occasion.

It is our hope that a celebration worthy of the occasion will be safe and feasible by August. We will move forward with our plans but also continue to fully comply with local, state, and federal guidance and exercise an abundance of caution in any decision we make. 

We will provide updates as they are available via student email and our Coronavirus update page. 

Caps and Gowns shipped to you for free

Students who wish to have their cap and gown shipped to their permanent address free of charge should visit Herff Jones and follow instructions provided. The deadline for free shipping is June 30. 

Information for Students Planning to Graduate

Students must apply to graduate in the semester prior to completing their program requirements. 

NOTE: This still pertains to Spring 2020 Graduates. 

For instance, a student planning to graduate in May must apply to graduate by the deadline set in the fall semester. Even if a student does not plan to participate in the commencement ceremony, they must still apply to graduate.

After a student submits their application to graduate, the Office of Academic Records will begin a review of degree progress.

The status of the graduation application and degree audit can be checked in DegreeWorks, or on the Apply to Graduate link in myINFO. An alert is sent to students once the official degree audit has been completed by the office of Academic Records.


Diplomas will be mailed to graduating students' permanent residence in mid-July.