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Applying for Graduation

In order to be reviewed for graduation, you must first complete the online graduation application in Banner Self Service within your window of opportunity (see below).   Instructions are provided for your convenience.  Once you have submitted the application, any changes must be made manually by submitting a notice of candidacy form. 

The College has instituted a one-time, non-refundable graduation fee of $85 that will be charged to your student account upon applying for graduation.  Changes to your graduation date will not result in additional fees.

 If you have any difficulty with completing the online graduation application, contact [[wdurba, Wendy Urbano]], the University’s Graduation Coordinator, at (757) 221-2807.


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Important Deadlines and Dates for Graduation  (revised 10/5/2016)

Semester you will be completing your degree requirements:

Window of opportunity to apply online for graduation:

Degree conferral date (the date that will appear on your diploma and transcript):

You will be invited to walk in cap & gown in the following commencement ceremony:

Doctoral Students must defend dissertation by:

Doctoral Students must submit final dissertation through ProQuest, as well as the Survey of Earned Doctrates by: Master's* Culminating Experience Form completed by:

Fall Semester 2016

June 1 - July 1, 2016

January 19, 2017

Saturday, May 13, 2017

December 2, 2016

December 16, 2016 December 2, 2016

Spring Semester 2017

September 1 - October 1, 2016

May 13, 2017

Saturday, May 13, 2017

March 24, 2017

May 5, 2017 April 28, 2017

Summer Session 2017

September 1 - October 1, 2016

August 25, 2017

Saturday, May 12, 2018

July 14, 2017

August 4, 2017 July 28, 2017

Please Note:  If you have not already done so, you should meet with your advisor to make sure your program of studies and any required documentation (e.g., transfer credit, exemption/advanced placement) have been filed with the Office of Academic Programs.

Curriculum & Instruction students completing their requirements in Summer Session 2016 will be included in the May 14, 2016, graduation activities.

*Culminating Experience Form for Master's Candidates

Not all master's programs have a culminating experience.  Curriculum & Instruction (Special Education General Curriculum [K-12], and Special Education CME) students must submit the Program Portfolio.  Counseling students must participate in an online survey, and Higher Education students must participate in an Exit Interview.

Curriculum & Instruction (Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Gifted Education, Literacy Leadership, Math Specialist), School Psychology, and Educational Leadership (K12) students do not have this requirement.