Graduation

You've finally made it!

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  

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:

Fall Semester 2019

June 1 - October 1, 2019

January 17, 2020

Saturday, May 16, 2020

December 6, 2019

December 19, 2019

Spring Semester 2020

June 1 - October 1, 2019

May 16, 2020

Saturday, May 16, 2020

March 20, 2020

May 8, 2020

Summer Session 2020

June 1 - October 1, 2019

August 21, 2020

Master's- Saturday, May 16, 2020 

Doctoral- Saturday, May 21, 2021 

July 10, 2020

August 7, 2020

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.

*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. Culminating experiences are due by the grade due date for the semester in which you are graduating.

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