DEADLINES: Application to Graduate
Fall 2016: Apply by Friday, September 23, 2016
Winter 2017: Apply by Friday, December 16, 2016
Spring 2017: Apply by Friday, March 24, 2017
Summer 2016: Apply by Friday, June 17 2016
You must complete an Application for Graduation (use hotlink above to access form) and turn it in to the University Registrar’s Office before Friday of the third week of the quarter you intend to graduate. This initiates the degree audit process and begins the records preparation and diploma ordering process to prepare for your graduation. If you miss the deadline, see your Academic Dean for their determination as to whether you can be added to the degree-candidate list late. Their deadline is no later than Friday of the fifth week of the quarter.
Order your Cap and Gown at the University Bookstore or by using one of the order forms found under the Ordering Your Cap and Gown information located in the column to the left. They have a separate deadline you must meet in order to obtain your graduation attire in time for commencement.
The Application for Graduation will be sent to your academic dean’s office to inform them of your intent to complete your degree requirements this quarter. Your academic record will be reviewed along with your degree plan (plan of study). If there is a problem, your academic department or dean’s office staff will contact you. Please see the University Catalog under which you are graduating to review academic and residency requirements for associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees. The catalog also contains the criteria for conferral of the baccalaureate degree with Latin honors.
Application for Graduation - in absentia
All degree candidates are expected to attend the ceremony. If circumstances make this impossible, you are required to file a request for conferral of your degree in absentia. In addition to submitting the Application for Graduation to the University Registrar, you will complete the
sign it, and send it to the address on the form (also listed below). If you wish to have your diploma mailed to you, you will need to include a $10.00 mailing fee with the Absence from Commencement request form. (The $10.00 mailing fee covers items sent within the United States only.) Address your letter to:
P.O. Box #3155
207 Keeny Hall, Keeny Circle
Ruston, LA 71272
If you will be taking a course at another school during your final quarter, we will need to have verification from that school of your final grade in the course before you will be allowed to participate in commencement ceremonies. You will be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony ONLY if your dean’s office certifies you as eligible to graduate. Further, we must receive the official transcript from the other school before you can obtain your diploma.