Preparing for Graduation

Graduation Requirements

The catalog in use when a student first enrolls governs his graduation requirements unless that catalog is over seven years old, or that student has left and then re-enrolled more than one year later. Consequently, that catalog should be retained and used as a guide in planning for graduation. A student may select a subsequent catalog, if desired; but all requirements must be completed from that catalog.

Participation in Commencement

Most graduate students choose to participate in commencement after all requirements for graduation have been completed. In some cases, students who are on track to complete their final degree requirements during the following summer or fall are permitted to participate in the commencement ceremony in the preceding May. The office of the registrar coordinates with prospective graduates to confirm when they are eligible to participate in commencement.

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Confirming Intent to Graduate

Graduate students should confirm their intent to participate in commencement in the preceding fall by completing the Intent to Graduate form. The deadline for indicating your intent to participate in commencement is January 31, 2014. Upon receipt of your Intent to Graduate Form in the office of the registrar, an academic evaluation will be generated for you using the WebAdvisor degree audit program. A representative from the office of the registrar will confirm your tentative date of completion and add your name to the list of prospective graduates, as appropriate.

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Diplomas

Diplomas are distributed to all eligible graduates at commencement. If you have any incomplete academic requirements or if you owe the University any money, you will not receive your diploma. Please check with the cashiers office if you have any questions about your account.

After grades are submitted, the office of the registrar will review your academic file to ensure that you have met the graduation requirements and record your degree.

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Grade Changes

If you anticipate any changes in grades earned in specific courses, take the time to review your transcript to ensure that those changes actually occurred.

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Transcripts

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The appropriate degree information will be posted to your graduate transcript after final grades have been submitted and the office of the registrar has verified that all of your degree requirements and other obligations to the University have been satisfied. In addition to the graduate courses you took and grades you earned in each, your transcript includes the total number of credits earned, your final cumulative GPA, your degree awarded, and the date of your degree.

Complimentary Transcript
A complimentary official copy of your final transcript will be mailed to you at your home address after your degree has been posted. If you anticipate a change of address following graduation, please make sure to update your address information in CedarInfo as soon as possible.

Requesting Additional Transcripts
Additional copies of your transcript may be requested electronically or by letter, fax, or in person. To obtain a copy of your transcript for an employer or for other purposes, visit the office of the registrar website or stop into the office and complete the process to request an official copy of your transcript. Please allow three to five business days for regular transcript processing. A fee of $10 per transcript is applicable and payable at the time of the request. Additional fees apply if expedited processing and/or delivery service is requested.

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Additional Questions?

Do you have a general question about graduation or commencement? Send an email or call the office of the registrar at 937-766-7620. They will help you or direct you to the right place!

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