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.
When to Apply for Graduation
|Semester of Expected Graduation||Deadline to Submit Application||Deadline 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
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 Confirmation (please allow 2-3 business days for your name to appear on the confirmation list)
Ceremony times and colleges
Ceremony Date and Time
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
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.
Students will need to complete the Change of Graduation Information form in order to make changes in any of the following areas:
- The way the name is to appear on the diploma
- The mailing address for the diploma
- To drop a second major or minor
- To add a minor
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.
When will I receive my diploma?
After the submission of final grades the degree clearance review is a 4-6 week process (excluding University Holiday schedule). The fall 2015 degree clearance process will conclude on Friday, January 29, 2016. Fall graduates can expect to receive their diplomas by Friday, February 12, 2016. 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, December 14, 2015, the degree clearance review is a 4-6 week process (excluding University Holiday schedule). The fall 2015 degree clearance process will conclude on Friday, January 29, 2016. 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 appliedm, 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