Ceremony & Degree Conferral

Graduation for the Class of 2022

For graduates of the Class of 2020 & the Class of 2021 from the online programs that wish to still participate in an on-campus graduation ceremony, we invite you to join us on campus on Friday, June 24, 2022. If for any reason plans change due to the COVID-19 virus, we will inform you.


Participating in the Graduation Ceremony — Friday, June 24, 2022

The graduation ceremony for master’s and bachelor's degree completion candidates occurs on the final day of the residency conference, on the morning of Friday, June 25, 2021. We encourage all students to participate in the graduation rehearsal on Thursday, June 24 at 1:30 PM in the Shapiro Field House. All students who meet the graduation requirements are welcome to participate in the graduation ceremony at the conclusion of the residency conference.

Degree Conferral

Only those students who have successfully completed all courses, comprehensive exams, and capstones by May 31, and satisfied the residency conference participation requirements prior to the graduation ceremony will be eligible for degree conferral at the graduation ceremony.

Students who are completing their final course while attending the residency conference or who have yet to successfully complete a comprehensive exam or capstone paper/project are still welcome (and encouraged!) to participate in the graduation ceremony but will not be eligible for degree conferral at the ceremony. Degree conferral will occur on the last day of the term or part of term in which the student completes their final program requirements.

Diplomas are mailed three times per year for undergraduate programs. 1. Approximately two weeks after the May or June Commencement; 2. approximately the second week of September for August graduates; and, 3. approximately the first week of February for December graduates. The College of Graduate and Continuing Studies graduate programs will distribute as the undergraduate calendar with one additional release after Residency. Beginning December 2021, a Digital Diploma will available. The Digital Diploma is a certifiable document for third-parties to include Apostille and several graduate-level program boards. A student with an account hold will not be issued a diploma until the hold is rectified. A printed replacement diploma cost is $50.00 and is mailed in alignment with the diploma distribution cycle, or six to eight weeks.