How To Prepare

Your graduation checklist

Congratulations on graduating! Here are some things you can do to get ready for Commencement.


All degree candidates must apply to graduate. Submitting a graduation application by your degree program’s stated deadlines means:

  • Your degree will be awarded.
  • You will receive a diploma.
  • You will receive important Commencement information.
  • Your name will appear in the Commencement program.

Degrees will not be awarded without a graduation application on file with your academic unit.

Each school or department has its own application process that you must follow in order to be eligible for graduation. Contact your school’s recorder to learn more.

If you applied to graduate for a previous date, but did not graduate, you must reapply for a future term. Contact your school or department directly if applying after these priority deadlines.

  • Spring semester: October 15
  • Summer semester: January 15
  • Fall semester: May 15

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