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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.


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:

Spring Semester 2022

June 1 - October 1, 2021

May 21, 2022

Saturday, May 21, 2022

March 25, 2022

May 13, 2022

Summer Session 2022

June 1 - October 1, 2021

August 26, 2022

Master's- Saturday, May 21, 2022

Doctoral- Saturday, May 20, 2023

July 15, 2022

August 15, 2022

Fall Semester 2022

Jan 14 - Sept 1, 2022

January 20, 2023

Saturday, May 20, 2023

December 9, 2022

January 9, 2023

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.