Commencement Eligibility

Application for Graduation
All candidates must have completed an Application for Graduation via Self-Service by Monday, October 9, 2020. If you have not done so, please do so immediately. The information provided will be used to order your diploma and for the Commencement program.

Eligibility for Participation in Commencement
In order to participate in Commencement, students must:

  • Complete an Application for Graduation via Self-Service
  • Submit a complete degree audit signed by their Academic Advisor to the Curry Center for Student Services in Founders Hall 223
  • Be no more than three credits short of all graduation requirements
  • Have a plan approved by the Department Chair and Vice Provost/Dean of the College to register for the required course within the next academic year, Summer 2021 through Spring 2022
  • Agree to pay the College in full for the credits needed before walking at Commencement
  • Satisfy all financial obligations to the College
  • Complete federal loan exit interviews
  • Complete the Career Survey

Federal Loan Exit Counseling
Graduating students who have Federal Direct Loans must complete Exit Counseling online by Friday, April 30, 2021. You will need your FSA ID and password, as well as contact information for next of kin, two other references who live in the United States, and your future employer (if known) to complete the exit counseling process, which takes 20-30 minutes. The link for completing the exit counseling is found under the “Manage Loans” drop down menu at The Office of Financial Aid usually receives confirmation within 48 hours of successful completion. The Office of Financial Aid will be available at the Graduation Fair and at Cap and Gown Pickup to assist graduates in completing the exit interview.

Financial Obligations
Graduates must satisfy all outstanding financial obligations to the College by Friday, May 14, 2021. Payments submitted after this date must be in cash, cashier’s check, or money order to the Office of Student Accounts located in the Curry Center for Student Services in Founders Hall 223. In accordance with College policy, diplomas and transcripts will not be released until the outstanding balance is paid in full.

Career Survey
Graduates must complete the Career Survey to pick up their caps and gowns. The Survey provides the College with information on the students’ post-graduation plans.