Academic Policy Details


Students are required to apply for graduation during the fall or spring registration period before their last semester of coursework. Students who fail to register for graduation cannot expect a program audit, inclusion in the commencement program, or participation in the graduation ceremony. Students who apply for graduation and who complete all degree requirements will be contacted in matters relating to diplomas, academic regalia, and commencement. The graduation fee is billed at the time of their final registration.

Diplomas will be ordered with the information confirmed by the student. Should the student wish to have a name change after diplomas have been ordered, it will be at the expense of the student.

Walking Short

Students in the semester program may petition to “walk short” if they are within 3 to 4 hours of their requirements and they register to complete the missing requirement prior to the next conferral date. (IE: A student who walks short in May must complete requirements prior to the August graduation date, or their conferral date will be pushed back.) They must petition the Academic Dean in writing and provide their plans for completing the missing hours. If approved, they may participate in the ceremony.

Revised December 2006


These policies apply to the Semester Program/On Campus students only.  Graduate College Students will need to consult the Graduate College Bulletin.

Academic Catalog 2012