Graduate Studies

Approved Commencement Policy

Graduate students who anticipate completing all degree requirements at the end of the spring semester are eligible to march in the May ceremony. Students who anticipate completing all degree requirements at the end of the summer term can choose to march in the May ceremony prior to or in the December ceremony following the summer term. Students who anticipate completing all degree requirements at the end of the fall semester are eligible to march in teh December ceremony. Doctoral students must complete all degree requirements before they are eligible to march.

Under extenuating circumstances that prevent a student from attending the ceremony for which they are eligible, a student may petition to the School of Graduate Studies to march in an earlier or later ceremony. Please note, guests of international students who cannot obtain a visa in a timely manner are not considered an extenuating circumstance in and of itself.

Petitions and supporting documentation can be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies.