Commencement vs. Graduation
There are important differences between commencement and graduation.
Graduation is the completion of all degree requirements as recorded on the official transcript. Commencement is the ceremony held in May each year that celebrates the completion of a degree. Participation in the commencement ceremony does not imply official graduation.
Graduates — whether participating or not participating in the commencement ceremony — must file for graduation by completing the Graduation Petition form and submitting it to the Information Center in the Student Services building.
Students planning to participate in the commencement ceremony should view the
Commencement Checklist and complete any remaining requirements for the ceremony.
Commencement Ceremony Basics
Participants should refer to the
Commencement Checklist for details, but there are several basic steps that need to be completed in order to participate in the commencement ceremony:
File For Graduation: Eligible graduates must complete the Graduation Petition form.
Order Your Cap and Gown: Order your cap and gown before the deadline to be fitted properly.
Pay Your Graduation Fee: To graduate and participate in the ceremony, pay this fee by the deadline.
Get Your Announcements and Rain Tickets: Help your guests to be better informed and prepared for the special day.
Pick Up Your Cap and Gown: There will be three opportunities to pick up your cap and gown.
Attend Commencement Rehearsal: Join your fellow graduates for breakfast and practice for the ceremony.
Arrive Early for Commencement: Arrive an hour before the ceremony for the assembly of academic procession and robing.
Purchase Photos: It's not a requirement, but personal photographs taken during the ceremony may be purchased. GradImages will take photographs of all graduates as they receive their diplomas.
Visit the GradImages website.
Obtain your diploma: Click here << Diploma >>
News & Announcements
Be sure to check the commencement website for news and updates on the ceremony. For example, information concerning ceremony changes because of inclement weather will be announced on the website.