Getting Ready to Graduate

Ready to Graduate?  Graduation is not automatic; students who are candidates for graduation must apply to graduate and submit their final plans of study through the Student Administration System.  Plans of study are then routed to a student's Faculty Advisor, the Office of Undergraduate Advising, and the Degree Auditors in the Office of the Registrar to determine if will degree requirements will be satisfied by the end of the semester you've indicated in your application for graduation.

You can apply to graduate the semester prior to your last term, once registration opens for the following term.  While the deadline to submit your final plan of study is the end of the fourth week, it is highly recommended that you apply to graduate and submit your final plan of study before the end of the second week of your final semester so that you can still make adjustments to your schedule if your plan of study is denied.

Confirm you’ve fulfilled your academic requirements by running an Academic Requirements Report.

  • Catalog Year will always read “Not Satisfied.” This is OK.
  • Every other box should be collapsed—indicating you have fulfilled the requirement.
    • If one or more boxes are not collapsed because you are expecting a substitution, please wait until your substitution request has been processed before submitting your plan of study and/or applying to graduate. Once your substitution request is processed and approved, the requirement will collapse within your academic requirements report.
    • If you are planning on taking courses in a future term to satisfy requirements, you must wait until you register for those courses before submitting your final plan of study.
  • If you are pursuing a School of Business minor and/or a concentration within your major and it is not appearing in your academic requirements report, ensure that you followed the steps to declare your minor and/or concentration within your major.
Apply to graduate through Student Admin. View instructions for applying to graduate through Student Admin.
Submit your electronic plan of study through Student Admin. View instructions on submitting your plan of study through Student Admin.
  • While the deadline to submit your final plan of study is the end of the fourth week, it is highly recommended that you apply to graduate and submit your final plan of study before the end of the second week of your final semester so that you can still make adjustments to your schedule if your plan of study is denied.
  • If you have a declared minor, submitting your plan of study will automatically submit your minor plan of study for approval as well.
Where will my diploma be mailed?

Undergraduate diplomas are mailed approximately six to eight weeks after your graduation date. For example, if you graduate in May, you can expect to receive your diploma between the end of June and middle of July. Diplomas are mailed via first class mail to the address designated as your mailing/billing address in Student Admin unless a diploma mailing address has been declared.

For instructions on changing your address in the system, see Modify Your Addresses on the Student Administration System Help website.

How can I change the way my name will appear on my diploma?

The default name to be printed on a diploma is the Primary Name on your Academic records. Students are allowed to edit first and middle names through the Diploma Name option in the Student Administration System, however any changes to last name will require an official name change request and appropriate documentation to facilitate the change. It is the student’s responsibility to review their name and make updates in a timely manner. Please note there may have implications of having your name on your diploma differ from the name on your record, such as an inability to verify your degree or change in licensure or VISA status.

Will there be a Commencement Ceremony for spring 2020?

Unfortunately, the Commencement ceremony that was scheduled for May 10th has been cancelled.

A committee has been tasked with brainstorming alternative ways to commemorate this very special milestone for the class of 2020. Please know that we are working very hard behind the scenes and information will be posted on the Commencement website as soon as it is available.