Preparation

Applying for graduation

All students must apply to graduate. If you have not applied, visit the Graduation Office.

If you indicated on your Graduation Application that you will not attend the ceremony, no provision will be made for your seating. If you decide to attend, you must come to the Graduation Office (75 Piedmont Avenue, Suite 1190), to update your records.

The difference between graduation and commencement

Graduation is the actual awarding of degrees. Upon certification of satisfactory completion of all degree requirements, the students’ degrees are awarded and added to their official academic records. The date of degree conferral is the official graduation date for that term, and is the date that appears on the students’ diplomas and transcripts. Official diplomas are mailed to students following degree conferral and once all financial obligations to the university have been cleared.

Commencement is a ceremonial exercise. Once students are eligible to graduate in a specific semester they may participate in a commencement ceremony. Commencement gives the students the opportunity to be recognized for their accomplishments by their families, friends and the university community. Participation in commencement, however, does not guarantee a student’s graduation, and official diplomas are not awarded at the ceremony.

Prior to Commencement, students should:

  • Check their online library account for any holds or fees
  • Return all budget cards, M deck and Lofts parking permits to Auxiliary and Support Services
  • Check with Student Accounts for any outstanding balances