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

Graduation Application


Fall (December) July 15
(e.g., Fall 2020 graduates must petition by July 15, 2020)
Spring (May) December 15
(e.g., Spring 2020 graduates must petition by December 15, 2019)

Summer (July)

December 15
(e.g., Summer 2020 graduates walking in Commencement must petition by December 15, 2019)

April 15
(e.g., Summer 2020 graduates NOT attending Commencement must petition by April 15, 2020)


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 2020-21

Fall Term - December 17, 2020
Spring Term - May 7, 2021
Summer Term - July 23, 2021



Diplomas are available for pick up at the One Stop Center approximately two months after the traditional semester ends. Diplomas which are not retrieved during the pick up dates will be mailed to your permanent home address as listed in BannerWebIf 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.

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

For Summer 2021 graduates, degrees will be posted to transcripts by August 20th. Diplomas will be available for pick up at the One Stop Center September 20th through September 22nd.  Diplomas which are not picked up will be mailed to the permanent address in Bannerweb on September 23rd.