4.1.1.17 Graduation

Added: 07/01/2015
Revised: 07/23/2020
Last Reviewed: 07/22/2020
Effective: 08/01/2020

In order to participate in the commencement ceremony, students must have completed all degree requirements in the preceding summer or fall to participate in their eligible fall ceremony. Spring graduates must be "on track" to complete degree requirements during the current spring semester to participate in their eligible spring ceremony. A student who files an application to graduate in the spring term after the published deadline of October 15 may not participate in the spring commencement ceremony. If the spring degree application is filed by March 31, however, and all degree requirements are met by the end of the semester, the student's degree information will be posted on the academic transcript and a diploma will be provided. Spring semester degree applications received between March 16 and March 31 will be held for review until after spring semester grades have been fully processed. Spring semester degree applications will not be accepted after March 31 to graduate at the end of the summer term, the application for degree must be on file in the Registrar's Office by April15. To graduate at the end of the fall term, the application must be on file by May 15. Please note that while these deadlines represent the last opportunity to apply for a degree in the term specified, it is strongly recommended that students apply two semesters in advance of the expected graduation term in order to have adequate time to meet all degree requirements. Failure to complete the degree application at least two semesters in advance may prevent graduation in the anticipated term. Students who do not complete the degree application until the published application deadline may able to resolve deficiencies discovered in the degree audit. A fee of $35.00 must be paid in the Bursar's Office or online through the student's SWORDS account at the time of application. Students who do not complete their degree during the term specified on their application, their graduation status will be inactivated until they reapply and indicate a new term for degree completion. No additional application fee is charged. When participating in the graduation ceremony, students may only wear regalia representing Middle Georgia State University distinctions and/or recognized student organizations.