Participation in the Commencement Ceremony

Participation in the annual commencement ceremony held in May is open to degree-seeking students who have applied to graduate in the current spring semester, the preceding fall semester, or the preceding summer session. Summer graduates who elect to attend the preceding May ceremony must apply for graduation no later than April 1.

Undergraduate and non-doctoral graduate students who need no more than nine (9) credit hours to complete their degree requirements may participate in the preceding May commencement ceremony if there is a reasonable expectation that they will be able to obtain the needed credits during the following summer. The maximum of nine (9) semester hours is firm and not subject to petition.

Doctoral candidates must have completed all academic requirements, been cleared by their school, and successfully defended their dissertations by the posted ETD deadlines in order to be eligible to participate in the May commencement or hooding ceremonies.

Commencement Packets/Tickets

Information on commencement packet pick-up for eligible participants as noted above can be found on the Commencement web site. Only students who have applied for graduation and indicated they will attend the ceremony, and who have completed the online graduation survey will be issued packets and tickets. You must present a valid identification card (e.g., GWorld card, driver’s license, passport) when picking up your packet. 

Please note: Students who apply after the published deadlines are not guaranteed commencement materials and may not be listed in the commencement program.