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Graduation Application


How to Apply for Graduation

Step 1: Verify the pop-up blocker has been turned off.

Step 2: Log into your SOAR account.

Step 3: Select the Student Center Tile.

Screenschot of Student Center Tile in SOAR

Step 4: From the "other academic" menu, select either Application for Certificate or Application for Graduation from the drop down menu.

Screenshot of Other Academic Menu in SOAR



Step 5: Read all application instructions carefully.

Step 6: Enter your post-graduation mailing address; current phone number; whether you are completing a dissertation, thesis, doctoral project, or not applicable; whether this is your first application for graduation*; and your expected term of graduation. Please Note: Diplomas are typically mailed 6-8 weeks after the commencement ceremony. Your post-graduation mailing address should reflect that time frame.

Screenshot of Application Fields in SOAR


Step 7: Once your application populates, review carefully for accuracy. If you received a "SAVED" message, but your application does not appear, your pop-up blocker is still turned on. You will need to turn off your pop-up blocker and start over.

Step 8: Pay Application Fee, collect appropriate signatures, and submit application, proof of payment, and plan of study or degree-progress-report via email to your Graduate Degree Auditor, Sue Fayard or Michael Howell, by the posted deadline. (Online students may submit their completed application and required documents via email to their advisor for signatures.)

*If you are deferring your graduation, be sure to select "Postpone/Defer application" and enter your updated graduation term.

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