Graduation Process

Student taking a graduation photo

Applying for Graduation

For Undergraduate Students

Students need to apply for graduation by the published deadline. This allows for degree audits to be completed in a timely manner. The Registrar's Office will contact applied graduates of their status toward graduation after the application is filed.

Traditional undergraduate students at the Seward campus who plan to graduate in the 2023-24 academic year should notify the Registrar's Office by submitting a Graduation Application. December 2023 prospective graduates should submit graduation applications to the Registrar's Office by September 15, 2023. May and August 2024 prospective graduates should submit their applications no later than January 19, 2024.

For questions regarding your progress toward graduation, contact your assigned faculty advisor and the Registrar's Office.

For Graduate Students

Graduate students are strongly encouraged to apply for graduation during the term prior to their final course(s) so that degree audits may be completed in a timely manner.

For questions regarding your progress toward graduation, contact your graduate advisor and the Graduate Registrar.


Those students receiving a bachelor’s or master’s degree are invited to participate in the commencement ceremony at the Walz Arena on the Seward campus at 10 a.m. on May 4, 2024. More information will be available on the Commencement page.

Graduation Application for Undergraduate Students

Graduation Application for Graduate Students

Participation in Spring Commencement Ceremonies

Commencement ceremonies are held in May of each year. All graduates receiving a bachelor’s or master’s degree are invited to attend. Please see the main commencement page for details related to these activities.

August and December graduates may participate in the subsequent spring commencement. However, those who plan to take their final course(s), up to 6 hours, during a summer term may opt to participate in the spring commencement ceremony, prior to completing all their coursework. Please review the information below carefully if this applies to you.

Commencement Information for Early Participants

Undergraduates may participate in commencement activities if you...

  1. are within 6 hours of completing your degree and will complete your degree by the end of August 2024 OR are in the DCE program and only have DCE internship remaining, OR are in the Education program and only have student teaching remaining, and
  2. have submitted a "Graduation Application" form to the Registrar's Office.

Graduate students may participate in commencement exercises if you...

  1. have met all the academic requirements of their program, or
  2. are currently registered for the summer term immediately following May commencement for the final class required in their program, and have six or fewer credit hours to complete in their program and
  3. have submitted a "Graduation Application" form to the Registrar’s Office.

Contact the Registrar's Office at or if you have any questions.