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Graduate Catalog 2016-2017 (old site)

CatalogAcademic RegulationsCommencement


Commencement exercises are held at the close of each regular semester of the academic year, at which time degrees are officially conferred. Candidates who complete graduation requirements after the regular commencement exercises will be awarded degrees at the next regular conferral date. Requirements are considered complete only after the appropriate documentation has been recorded in the Registrar’s Office.

Candidates for graduation are strongly encouraged to participate in commencement exercises to acknowledge their academic achievements. Candidates are eligible to participate only in the commencement exercises at end of the semester in which they complete degree requirements and may not defer participation to a later date. All candidates are required to pay the graduation fee regardless of whether they participate in commencement exercises or not.

Summer Graduation Policy for Master’s Students

Students who meet the following criteria may participate in the May Commencement with the understanding that they are expected to complete their graduation requirements over the subsequent summer terms:

  1. Non-thesis option students: A candidate shall have no more than six (6) hours remaining toward the completion of his or her degree requirements.
  2. Thesis option students: A candidate must meet the following four (4) requirements – (a) Must have orally defended his or her thesis, (b) the candidate’s Thesis Advisor and other members of the Thesis Advisory Committee must certify that the thesis is acceptable, except for minor editorial corrections, (c) a copy of the thesis must have been submitted to the Thesis Editor, and (d) the dean of the College or School must approve the candidate’s participation in the commencement exercises.

Diplomas and transcripts for students who complete requirements in the summer will indicate the date at end of the summer term the student completes requirements. This option is only available for May commencement.

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