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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 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 8/21/2017)

Semester you will be completing your degree requirements:

Window of opportunity to apply 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 Doctorates by: Master's* Culminating Experience completed by:

Fall Semester 2017

June 1 - July 1, 2017

January 12, 2018

Saturday, May 12, 2018

December 8, 2017

December 22, 2017 December 8, 2017

Spring Semester 2018

September 1 - October 1, 2017

May 12, 2018

Saturday, May 12, 2018

March 23, 2018

May 4, 2018 April 27, 2018

Summer Session 2018

September 1 - October 1, 2017

August 24, 2018

Saturday, May 11, 2019

July 13, 2018

August 3, 2018 July 27, 2018

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 2018 will be included in the May 12, 2018, graduation activities.

*Culminating Experience 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.  Students in Counseling and Higher Education must participate in an online survey.

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