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, cap and gown (and other regalia) in hand, no later than one hour before your ceremony is scheduled to begin. Ushers will direct graduates to the correct area for line-up. Staff will be on hand to prepare graduates for the procession, answer questions and give instructions. 

Question: When do I receive my actual diploma?

Answer: Students who meet the following qualifications will receive their diploma at the address they provided in the Exit Process:

  • 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 2-3 weeks after your posting date for diplomas to be shipped. 

Question: What time do I have to arrive for the Commencement ceremony?

Answer: All students will need to arrive 1 hour prior to their scheduled ceremony. Click here for detailed information regarding the day of Commencement.

Question: Is there a rehearsal?

Answer: No. Graduates need to arrive one hour prior to their ceremony time to check in and receive 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 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.


Question: When will I get my honors 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's 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 Fall 2017 semester. A list of candidates who qualify for honors will be posted HERE. Check back on December 8, 2017 at 2 pm to see if you qualify.


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, your hood will be available when you arrive for check-in at the commencement ceremony. Click here for more information about the Hooding Ceremonies.


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 Josten's 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.