Procedure for Graduation


Application for Degree

The University has established the following filing periods for submitting applications for graduation. Applications may be submitted in advance of the earliest date indicated for the anticipated completion date.

Click here for a listing of graduation dates and deadlines.

Students in programs requiring a thesis or dissertation must be registered for at least one hour of graduate credit, as designated by the department, during the semester in which the successful defense of a thesis or dissertation is accomplished.

The graduation application is available online only. To submit the online graduation application and payment, follow these steps:
  • Go into WINGS Express
  • Select the Student and Financial Aid tab.
  • Once there, select the Registration & Records menu link.
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the menu and select the "Apply for Graduation" link

There is a $35 fee each time a graduation application is submitted.

Students applying for graduation from multiple programs must fill out a graduation application for each degree.

The Graduate School Office of Graduation Services submits the application for the degree to the department. The department verifies that the student will have completed all program requirements for the term indicated on the application and is ready to graduate.

If students are unable to complete their degree requirements by the specified deadline, a new application must be submitted through WINGS Express for the following term.  There is a $35 fee each time a graduation application is submitted.


Commencement is held twice annually at the end of fall and spring semesters. Students who complete their degree requirements in either summer or fall semester may participate in the fall ceremony. Spring graduates may participate in the spring ceremony.

Eligible graduates must register to participate in the appropriate commencement ceremony by visiting Events Services' Commencement web site.