Senate confers certificates, diplomas, and degrees twice each year in the spring and in the fall. Normally, Convocation is held in May and in November.
Although advice is readily available on request, the responsibility of selecting the appropriate courses for graduation rests ultimately with the student.
Students must submit an Application to Graduate form to the Registrar’s Office by the specified deadlines – see Important Dates in the University Year. A graduation fee is also required. Conferred credentials will not be made available to students until all accounts have been paid in full.
Participation in Convocation Ceremonies
Students who wish to participate in the formal ceremonies of convocation do so at the ceremony immediately following completion of the academic requirements for their credential. Students who do not wish to participate in convocation ceremonies may receive their credential in absentia by so informing the Registrar’s Office. Information on the ceremonies and the in absentia alternative are automatically sent to students who file an Application to Graduate form with the Registrar’s Office and are requested to complete the Notice of Attendance form.
When financial arrears prevent students from graduating, they become eligible to participate fully in the next scheduled convocation ceremony following their full payment of fees owed. Students wishing to do this should contact the Registrar’s Office as soon as their debt is cleared.