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Any Graduate or Undergraduate level student planning to graduate in May 2015 MUST submit a completed graduation card to the Office of Records and Registration in Hamilton hall by the end of the Spring 2015 Add/Drop period. The deadline to apply for graduation is Tuesday, January 27, 2015. Graduation cards received after this deadline will be subject to a $100 late fee. Students should be aware that their degree will not be awarded this term, and will not be posted to their academic record if they fail to submit a completed graduation card in a timely fashion.  

There are important differences between graduation and commencement with which you should be familiar.

Graduation is a two-step process consisting of applying for graduation by submitting a Graduation Card, and completing all academic requirements for your degree. The administrative process of degree conferral will indicate your official date of graduation.

Commencement, on the other hand, refers to the ceremony, officiated by the President of the University, where you share the excitement and importance of your academic accomplishments with peers, family, and friends. It is also a time for the University, Council of Trustees, senior administrators, and faculty to pay special tribute to you for the outstanding efforts you have shown in earning your degree.

GRADUATION CHECKLIST  Designed to take you through the necessary steps prior to graduation.  Click on the checklist to obtain the graduation card.

To avoid a late fee your graduation card must be submitted by the end of the add period for the respective graduation semester/session.  All late fees are $100. To participate in spring commencement, you must submit a graduation card. Both undergraduate and graduate students must submit a graduation card.

GRADUATION FAIR  - Tuesday, April 14 and Wednesday, April 15, 2015.  Stop by the Pogue Student Center to check off  many of  those graduation tasks on your to-do list.  


SATURDAY, MAY 9 , 2015

Undergraduate Student Commencement Ceremony

10 AM McComb Fieldhouse

Graduate Student Commencement Ceremony

2 PM Cole Auditorium in Memorial Hall

The deadline to RSVP for either commencement is


General Information: Records and Registration: 814-732-1978 or 1976
For the day of the ceremony, please call the following numbers:
Graduate Ceremony: Memorial Hall - Cole Auditorium: 814-732-2731

Undergraduate Ceremony: McComb Fieldhouse: 814-732-2669