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Frequently Asked Questions About Commencement

Frequently Asked Questions About Commencement


How do I know if I am on track as a candidate for a degree in May?

By this time, you and your advisor should have received a copy of your degree audit (“graduation check”) from Professor Kim Lewis, the college’s Degree Audit Specialist.  Prof. Lewis will update degree audits for potential May graduates in January so that any concerns may be addressed prior to spring semester registration confirmation.  You may also make an appointment to meet with her if you have questions regarding degree requirements. Her contact information is

How will I know if I have fines or holds that will keep me from getting my diploma at Commencement?

It is your responsibility to check with the Library and the Bursar's Office regarding your account. Taking care of this early will ensure that you will be able to receive your diploma.

If I complete my requirements for graduation before the end of the spring term, when do I receive my diploma?

Degrees are conferred four times a year:

  • Summer Graduates – on or before August 15
  • Fall Graduates – on or before December 15
  • Winter Graduates – on or before February 15
  • Spring Graduates – May Commencement

How are Honors determined?

Students who establish a grade-point average of 3.50 during their academic career are graduated cum laude; those who establish a grade-point average of 3.75 are graduated magna cum laude; those with a grade-point average of 3.90 are graduated summa cum laude.

How will my name read on my diploma?

The "Application for Degree" form asks for your name "as you want it listed on your diploma." This form is available online. If you want a Jr., II, III, etc., on your diploma, it must be noted on this form or it will be left off.