Commencement Participation

Two commencement programs are scheduled each year, one in December for fall and summer graduates and one in May for spring graduates. Students must meet the following requirements to be eligible to participate in commencement:

  • Have completed degree requirements the semester prior to the upcoming commencement ceremony for which they plan to participate; or
  • Be enrolled in the final courses and/or academic activity necessary to complete degree requirements in the semester for which they plan to participate in the respective commencement.


In either scenario, all students must submit an application for graduation to the Registrar’s Office prior to the commencement deadline for either May or December. The student must be “cleared” by the Registrar’s Office to be approved to participate in the commencement activities.

Students who will complete degree requirements during the summer semester(s) will NOT be eligible to participate in the preceding May commencement activities. However, they will be eligible to participate in either the following December or May commencement provided they meet the respective requirements as stated above.