Below you will find frequently asked questions. Some questions are related to all graduating students and some questions are specific to your degree type. So, be sure to scroll down and read all questions pertaining to your status.
Question: If I'm a graduate, what do I do the day of Commencement?
Answer: Arrive at the Recreation Center, wearing your cap, gown, and other approved regalia. Make sure your cap is pinned and hair is sprayed (if needed). You must check-in one hour before your ceremony is scheduled to begin. Staff will direct graduates to the correct area for line-up and will be available to answer questions, give instructions, and direct graduates for the processional.
Question: When do I receive my actual diploma?
Answer: Students who meet the following qualifications will receive their diploma at the address they provided on the graduation application:
- The student has applied for and has been approved for their requested posting date
- The student has all outstanding degree requirements met (All coursework has been completed and all outstanding grades and official transcripts have been received)
- The student has been cleared to receive their diploma by both the Financial Aid and Student Accounts Offices.
Degrees will be posted on the following dates:
- December 31, 2017
- May 4, 2018
- August 31, 2018
Please allow 6-8 weeks after your posting date for diplomas to be shipped.
Question: What time do I need to arrive for the Commencement ceremony?
Answer: All students will need to arrive at the Recreation Center for check-in 1 hour prior to their scheduled ceremony. Please arrive early to enable ample time for parking. Click here for detailed information regarding the day of Commencement.
Question: Is there a rehearsal?
Answer: Rehearsal takes place after check-in. Graduates must arrive 1 hour prior to their ceremony time to receive their walking cards and all instructions.
Question: Will there be sign language interpreting?
Answer: An interpreter will be provided during the Commencement ceremony for guests who are hearing disabled. Click here for more information about accommodations and disabilities services.
Question: How many guests may I invite?
Answer: The number of guests each graduate may invite will be determined by the total number of graduates participating in each ceremony. Click here for more information regarding guest tickets.
Question: Do I need to return my cap and gown?
Answer: No, your cap and gown do not need to be returned. They are yours to keep. Click here for more information about regalia.
BACHELOR DEGREE CANDIDATES
Question: When will I get my honor cords?
Answer: Honor cords will be distributed as part of the check-in process the day of commencement. These will be given to qualified Bachelor degree candidates. Click here for more information about honor cords.
Question: How do I know if I qualify for honors?
Answer: Honors are determined by a student's cumulative grade point average at the completion of the previous semester. To view a list of candidates who qualify for honors, click HERE.
MASTER DEGREE CANDIDATES
Question: When will I receive my hood?
Answer: You will receive your hood during the hooding ceremony presented by your respective program. If you are unable to attend the hooding ceremony, you must contact your college/school to arrange pick up of your hood. No regalia will be disbursed the day of Commencement. Click here for more information about the Hooding Ceremonies.
DOCTORAL DEGREE CANDIDATES
Question: How do I take my measurements for my regalia?
Answer: You will be invited to attend a measuring event by your respective school or college. A Jostens representative will be there to assist in taking each student's specific measurements for their Doctoral gowns. Please contact the department secretary of your school or college for more information.