Academic Council

Authorizes Release:

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Responsible Area:

Academic Affairs

Review Cycle:

Annually or as required

Last Review:

October 2019

Related Policies and Additional References:



Students who have completed or who are registered to complete all degree requirements by the end of the semester are permitted to participate in the commencement ceremony that follows the completion of the semester.

Students who are in good academic standing and who can finish their degree requirements by the end of the following semester according to a plan that has been reviewed and approved by their respective dean are also permitted to participate in commencement, providing they have no more than six (6) credits to complete. Expected graduates are recognized in the commencement program.


Students wishing to participate in commencement must complete the graduation application as required by the Registrar’s Office.

Walk Early Students

The Registrar’s Office will forward the walk early form to the respective school dean. The school dean will review the form, approve or deny the request, and return it to the Registrar’s Office. The Registrar’s Office will notify the student of the decision.

Early Walk Students shall not receive a transcript or a diploma until the completion of all degree requirements.

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