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.