Graduate Eligibility and Commencement Fee


Students with an estimated graduation date of Fall 2017 are eligible to participate in the December (Fall) commencement ceremony.

Graduates wishing to participate in Fall who DO NOT an expected graduation term of Fall 2017 will need to complete a petition request form. 

Check your Status

Students can check their eligibility status on their portal. Under the "Career Program Path" the student will see their expected graduation term.

Commencement Petition Request

Students who would like to participate in a ceremony other than the one for which they are eligible must submit a Commencement Petition Request Form to the Commencement Office: Building 81 (Hillcrest) Attention: Anthonia Edgren

If you wish to have your name in the printed Commencement program, your petition will need to be submitted BEFORE October 13th. 

The deadline to submit your petition request form to be able to participate and receive tickets for the Fall 2017 Commencement Ceremonies is Friday, December 1st. 

Commencement Fee

Effective Fall 2015, a mandatory commencement fee will be automatically charged to all eligible graduates and all student who have achieved 75% degree completion. The fee will be charged to the student's account. The commencement fee covers the cost of all commencement-related services, resources, events, staffing and all programmatic elements of the commencement experience from beginning to end. Please visit the Student Accounts website for further details on commencement fee and payment schedule at:

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