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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Jun 23, 2021
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]



Student Status during term of graduation: Students must be in active status during their term of graduation. This means they must have enrolled in a minimum of one credit within the three terms previous to graduation. They must also be in good academic standing.

Application: Graduation is not an automatic process. Students must file an application for graduation and include a printed Academic Advisement Report (AAR) with their application. The School’s deadlines, related late fees, instructions for printing an AAR, and contact information for graduation applications are available on its Current Students website.

To apply for graduation, a student must make an appointment with the Undergraduate advisor in the term PRIOR to their anticipated graduation term in order to determine their status and eligibility for graduation.

If your graduation is postponed, you must reapply by completing another Graduation Application.


University Commencement: Candidates for graduation are encouraged to appear in person at the University Commencement Ceremony, usually held the Sunday after the spring term ends. Although degrees are conferred at commencement for all graduation periods, the official certification for April and May graduates occurs several weeks after the ceremony.

School Ceremony: The School of Computing and Information hosts an event to recognize its graduating students and awardees at the end of each term. The ceremony includes a speech to graduates, an address from Program Representatives, and a reading of individual graduate names.

Certification of degree graduation requirements is processed after the recognition ceremony; Reading of a student’s name at the Recognition Ceremony is not an indication of the student having met graduation requirements.

Event details, travel tips, and information regarding tickets are hosted on the School’s website at


Certification: Graduation certification is the process run by advisors and staff to ensure students have met all graduation requirements. This process is run after grades are posted for the term in question. Students who are concerned about their graduation eligibility should first review their academic advisement report (AAR) and then meet with their academic advisor.

Documentation (transcripts, diplomas, etc.): Official documentation of graduation is managed by the University Registrar’s Office. Inquiries regarding transcripts and diplomas should be directed to that office’s Graduation/Diplomas service area.

All diplomas are mailed to students approximately four weeks after the official certification date for each graduation period.

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