Earning the Degree vs. Participating in Commencement

Degrees are conferred three times a year: at the end of the fall, spring, and summer. In order to award the degree, students must successfully complete a graduation application in their final semester. Degree certification occurs after all grades for the semester are posted.

Commencement ceremonies are held once a year in the spring to celebrate graduates from the previous fall, current spring, and upcoming summer. In order to participate students must have an approved graduation application for the spring semester or an approved walk list request. Participating in the commencement ceremonies allows students to celebrate their accomplishments. However, participation in commencement does not indicate completion of the degree.

Apply to Graduate During Final Semester

You must apply for graduation in your final semester. All completed coursework must be posted to the official record at the time the graduation application is processed; if concurrently enrolled at another institution, verification of enrollment must be provided in order to apply. 


Liberal Arts hosts commencement ceremonies in May for all students graduating during the academic year - the previous fall, the current spring, and the upcoming summer.

 If you wish to participate in the spring 2025 commencement ceremony, you must submit one of the following to be added to the list of commencement participants:

fall 2024 graduates: sign the walk list by responding to invitation or via email  during the spring 2025 semester

spring 2025 graduates: apply to graduate  (currently enrolled / in absentia) during the spring 2025 semester

summer 2025 graduates: sign the walk list with a Student Division Advisor in GEB 2.200 or virtually during the spring 2025 semester

NOTE: Summer 2025 graduates can have no more than 15 hours of remaining future coursework in order to be eligible to sign the walk list in the spring. 



The Summer 2024 application for in absentia students will be available June 6 to August 16 (Priority Deadline – July 19).

The Spring 2024 application for currently enrolled students will be available online June 12 to August 16 (Priority Deadline – July 19).