Graduation

Resources for Seniors

Graduation vs. Commencement

Graduation occurs when you have completed all of your requirements, whereas commencement is the ceremony in May that celebrates graduation. Students finishing up coursework in the Summer are eligible to “walk” in May commencement but will not graduate until August.

Dates and Deadlines

All students wishing to participate in May 2015 commencement must apply to graduate and submit their final plan of study by Wednesday, February 11, 2015. Late submission may result in your name being absent from publications or ineligibility to participate in commencement.

Last Term of Coursework Graduation Term Begin to Apply Deadline Commencement
Spring 2015 Spring 2015 October 20, 2014 or
after enrolling for Spring 2015
February 11, 2015 May 10, 2015
Summer 2015 Summer 2015 October 20, 2014 or
after enrolling for Spring 2015
February 11, 2015 May 10, 2015
Fall 2015 Fall 2015 March 23, 2015 or
after enrolling for Fall 2015
October 23, 2015 May 8, 2016
Winter 2016 Spring 2016 October 24, 2015 February 8, 2016 May 8, 2016
Spring 2016 Spring 2016 October 24, 2015 or
after enrolling for Spring 2016
February 8, 2016 May 8, 2016
Summer 2016 Summer 2016 October 24, 2015 or
after enrolling for Spring 2016
February 8, 2016 May 8, 2016

Apply to Graduate and Submit your Final Plan of Study

After you register for your final academic semester, apply to graduate in the Student Administration System (i.e., PeopleSoft) according to the term in which you will complete your coursework [View Tutorial]. Applying to graduate allows Degree Audit in the registrar’s office to track your progress and rectify any problems (e.g., insufficient credits, unfulfilled requirements, etc.). Then, submit your final plan of study by the fourth week of your final academic semester. (That’s the Spring semester for Summer graduates.)

Electronic Submission Instructions

  1. Please be sure your plan(s) are correct.
    1. Check your Academic Requirements report to ensure that all requirements are completed.
    2. If applicable, please be sure your double major, additional degree, and/or minor(s) are declared and appear on your transcript. Conversely, be sure to cancel any additional plans you no longer are pursuing.
  2. If you haven’t already, apply to graduate in the Student Administration System (i.e., PeopleSoft) [View Tutorial].
  3. Submit your final plan of study in the Student Administration System [View Tutorial].
    1. Navigate to your Academic Requirements report, and click the now visible Submit Final Plan of Study button.
    2. In the Comments box, be sure to list any related courses that are not on the pre-approved list, but you have received approval. Summer graduates should also list the summer courses they plan on taking.
  4. Your advisor will be notified, review your plan, and (if no errors are present) approve it.

Pursuing a double major, additional degree, or minor?

  • Double major students (two majors in CLAS): You only need to submit your plan of study once, and each department will independently approve their portion.
  • Additional degree students with Business, Education, and Engineering: You only need to submit your plan of study once, and each department will independently approve their portion.
  • Additional degree students with other schools and colleges: Only the Business, CLAS, Education, and Engineering participate in the online submission process at this time. You must submit a paper plan of study for majors outside of these colleges.
  • Minor students: Submit your minor plan of study using the same electronic submission instructions noted above.