Students must apply for graduation in the Office of the Registrar during the first term of the senior year. A late fee of $100 is imposed if the application is received after the third Monday of the term prior to the term of graduation. A late fee of $150 is imposed if the application is received after the first day of the term of graduation. Exact dates are found on the Graduation Application Schedule. The application can be picked up in our office and is also available online.
Participation in Commencement
Students graduating in September, December, and April are invited to participate in the Commencement ceremonies in June. In addition, students graduating the following September or December may be granted permission to participate in Commencement if:
- An approved graduation application is on file
- Their current cumulative GPA is 2.000 or higher (3.000 for graduate students) and 2.000 or higher in the major
- They are registered for and will complete graduation requirements by the end of the Summer term, or they are within one course of graduation at the end of the Spring term, but cannot complete that course until the Fall term because it is not offered in summer.
Students who qualify and wish to take advantage of this option must file both the Commencement Participation Form and the Graduation Application on or before the third Monday of Winter term. If either form is submitted after this date, the late fee structure described above is in effect.
The B.A. and B.S. degrees are awarded summa cum laude (with highest honor) to any graduate whose final cumulative GPA is 3.900 or higher, magna cum laude (with high honor) to any graduate whose final cumulative GPA is 3.750 or higher, and cum laude (with honor) to any graduate whose final cumulative GPA is 3.500 or higher. Note that September and December graduates who are choosing to participate in Commencement prior to graduation will not be recognized with graduation honors.