Commencement exercises are held once per year in May for all students who graduated the previous December and those who are candidates for May or August graduation.
- August candidates who are within six hours of graduation by the end of spring semester must show evidence that they will complete their degree requirements by August 31, or they will not be allowed to participate in the commencement ceremony. August candidates who have seven to twelve hours of credit hours remaining by the end of spring semester must also show proof to the Registrar before commencement that they have registered for all required credit hours to be completed by August 31, or they will not be allowed to participate in the commencement ceremony. Candidates for May or August graduation must be enrolled for the preceding spring semester in order to participate in commencement, or they will not be allowed to participate in the commencement ceremony. August candidates must turn in a Commencement Contract (see Forms) signed by their Advisor and Chair in order to participate in the ceremony. This contract will show their plan for graduation in August.
- Participation in commencement does not assure that all degree requirements have been met and that a degree has been or will be conferred.
- A student wishing to graduate in absentia should submit a request in writing to the Registrar and obtain written approval. Those granted permission to graduate in absentia are not relieved from paying the graduation fee.
- No student can participate in the commencement ceremony unless he/she is in good academic standing.