Graduation Preparation

ANNOUNCEMENTS


The summer 2015 degree clearance process will begin on August 3, 2015 and last approximately 4-6 weeks. Students must meet all degree requirements by August 26, 2015 in order for the degree to be conferred for summer 2015 term. If a student fails to meet degree requirements by this date, a new degree application and appropriate fees must be submitted for the subsequent term.

 

Ceremony Date and Time

Ceremony Participants

Friday, December 11, 2015 10:00am

College of Health

College of Nursing

College of Science & Technology

Friday, December 11, 2015 2:30pm

College of Arts & Letters

College of Business

College of Education & Psychology

University Libraries Faculty

Congratulations! It is time to reap the rewards of your hard work and academic success by applying for graduation. Allow us to walk you through this process.

 

How to apply for graduation

Undergraduate students will complete the application form by logging into SOAR, navigating to the Student Center. 
Select Application for Graduation in the drop-down list of options under Academics.  After printing the Application for Graduation, follow the steps outlined below for your college.

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When to Apply for Graduation

Semester of Expected GraduationDeadline to Submit ApplicationDeadline for Degree Clearance*
Fall 2015 July 24, 2015 January 25, 2016
Spring 2016 November 6, 2015 June 3, 2016
Summer 2016 April 15, 2016 August 19, 2016

*Students must meet all degree requirements by advertised date in order for the degree to be conferred that term. If a student fails to meet degree requirements by advertised date, a new degree application and appropriate fees must be submitted for the subsequent term.

 Note: A $50 fee is assessed for students filing after the published deadline.

Graduate Degree Candidates: Graduate candidates should confirm the application process via their Degree Auditor in the Graduate School at http://www.usm.edu/graduate-school/application-graduate-degreecertificate

 

Seating information

Fall 2015 Commencement seating reservations will open on Monday, August 24, 2015 at 8:30am. If you wish to participate in the Commencement Ceremony, you must reserve your seat online by using the link below. Seating is assigned on a "first come, first serve" basis and is limited due to space availability and fire code restrictions. Seating for Fall 2015 Commencement will close on Friday, November 20 at 5:00 p.m.


RSVP Online

 

RSVP Confirmation (please allow 2-3 business days for your name to appear on the confirmation list)

 

Ceremony times and colleges

Ceremony Date and Time

Ceremony Participants

Friday, December 11, 2015 10:00am

College of Health

College of Nursing

College of Science & Technology

Friday, December 11, 2015 2:30pm

College of Arts & Letters

College of Business

College of Education & Psychology

University Libraries Faculty

Ceremony information

Ceremony Informational Site

Commencement is a dignified occasion honoring important educational accomplishments. Decorum and courtesy are important to you and your family, and to your fellow degree candidates and their families. Students that elect to act offensively, disrespectfully, or in any way that disrupts or delays the ceremony will be reported immediately to the Dean of Students for a review of the student’s actions.  During this review a hold will be placed on the student’s record preventing the mailing of the diploma or releasing the student’s transcript.  After the review, the hold may be lifted pending completion of any sanctions. 

Once degree candidates have entered the coliseum and have been seated they are expected to remain seated until the conclusion of the ceremony marked by the recession of the faculty.

*Adherence to the University's alcohol policy is expected.

*Improper attire, signs, and insignia will be removed by the marshals.

*Cell phones and other electronic equipment should be turned off.

*Most importantly, when candidates cross the stage to receive their diplomas, they are to do so by walking at a deliberate pace and without any undue actions of celebration.

 

Graduation Forms

Students will need to complete the Change of Graduation Information form in order to make changes in any of the following areas:

  1. The way the name is to appear on the diploma
  2. The mailing address for the diploma
  3. To drop a second major or minor
  4. To add a minor

Change of Graduation Information form

On rare occasion a student will request to participate in a ceremony for which he/she is not an actual degree candidate. These occasions are limited to instances of extenuating circumstances and are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. A student who wishes to make petition to walk in a ceremony for which he/she is not an actual degree candidate, should use the Graduation Ceremony Petition Form.

Graduation Ceremony Petition

 

Graduation FAQs

When will I receive my diploma?

After the submission of final grades the degree clearance review is a 4-6 week process. The summer 2015 degree clearance process will conclude on Monday, August 31, 2015. Summer graduates can expect to receive their diplomas by Friday, September 11, 2015. Diplomas will be mailed to the degree address listed on your Graduation Application.


How do I reserve seating for commencement?

Students must RSVP using the RSVP online form.


If I'm a summer graduate when do I walk?

Students who graduate in the summer may walk in the Fall Commencement Ceremony.


How/When do I know if I receive my degree?

After the submission of final grades on Monday, August 3, 2015, the degree clearance review is a 4-6 week process. The summer 2015 degree clearance process will conclude on Monday, August 31, 2015. After this date, students may click on the "Past Degrees Conferred" link below to see a list of all degrees conferred.

How do I change my graduation date?

Students who know they will not graduate the semester for which they have applied but will graduate a subsequent semester must complete a new degree application (via their SOAR account) and obtain all necessary signatures. The completed form should be submitted to your Dean's Office for processing.

How do I change my name on my diploma?

The name that appears on the diploma is the official name the University currently has on file. Any attempt to change your name requires legal documentation and completion of the Change of Graduation Information Form. *There is a $30.00 fee for this process.

Past Degrees Conferred

 

Graduation and Commencement Staff

FERPA and Graduation/Commencement