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Important Dates and Deadlines


Petition to Graduate

Students have to petition to graduate the semester BEFORE they expect to complete their program.
Failure to submit a petition by the deadline will result in a one semester delay in your degree or certificate being awarded.



Fall (December) July 15
(e.g., Fall 2016 graduates must petition by July 15, 2016)
Spring (May) December 15
(e.g., Spring 2017 graduates must petition by December 15, 2016)

Summer (July)

December 15
(e.g., Summer 2017 graduates walking in Commencement must petition by December 15, 2016)

April 15
(e.g., Summer 2017 graduates NOT attending Commencement must petition by April 15, 2017)


Graduation Dates

The graduation date that is printed on transcripts and diplomas is always the last date of the semester in which the student is graduating.

Academic Year 2015-2016

Fall Term - December 15, 2016
Spring Term - May 5, 2017
Summer Term - July 21, 2017



Undergraduate and Masters diplomas are mailed approximately one month after the traditional semester ends. If your address will be different after graduation, please be sure to update your information on BannerWeb before the end of your final semester.

Doctoral diplomas are printed with the assistance of an outside company, therefore delays are possible due to shipping.

Please Note: Diplomas will not be released if you have any past due financial obligations (housing charges, library fees, parking, tuition, etc.)