Commencement Participation (FS 8.2.24)

8.2.24 Commencement Participation Policy

Commencement programs are held at the completion of fall and spring semesters. Information regarding graduation and applications are available from the Registrar's Office. Graduating seniors have the option to participate in Commencement the term they are completing all degree requirements. Students who are completing their final requirements during the summer session have the option of participating in the Spring
Commencement or the following Fall Commencement. Although summer session graduates may elect to participate in an earlier Commencement program, the degree and diploma will be awarded only after all degree requirements have been fulfilled. Fall or spring graduates who wish to participate in an early Commencement program must make an application for graduation and write a letter of appeal to the Registrar.

Students who are requesting to participate in an early Commencement must follow the published Commencement participation deadline date for the term they are appealing. Appeals to participate in an early commencement will be approved only if all of the following conditions have been met:

  1. There is an extenuating circumstance.
  2. The student has nine or fewer credits to complete the degree or has only student teaching or an internship to complete degree requirements in the following semester.

The Registrar will review the appeal and approve or deny the request based on the above criteria, and written notification will be sent to the student.

Although students may be allowed to participate in an early Commencement program, the degree and diploma will be awarded only after all degree requirements have been fulfilled.


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