Graduation & Commencement
In order to verify that a student has met all requirements for graduation, a Dean's Degree Check and a Graduation Check must be conducted. These checks are to be done in the semester prior to the student's semester of graduation. The following steps must be taken:
- A Dean's Degree Check must be done by the dean of the student's major. After it is established that the student meets all graduation requirements, the student makes an appointment with the Registrar's Office for a Graduation Check.
- A final Graduation Check must be conducted by the Registrar's Office.
It is the student's responsibility to make appointments for the Degree Plan Check and the Graduation Check. Students will not be considered for graduation until both steps are complete.
Guests may use available space on any university parking lot (Campus Map). A limited amount of parking is available on the streets surrounding the campus.
Chairs will be provided for guests in front of Cone-Bottoms Hall. Some seating will be reserved for the graduating class, faculty, program guests, and those requiring accommodation.
University officials will announce if inclement weather requires that a rain plan be followed for Commencement. If the rain plan is implemented, Commencement will be held in Vining Arena in the Sturgis Physical Education Center (SPEC). Each graduate will be issued six priority seating tickets at Commencement rehearsal. Doors will open to Vining Arena for priority seating ticket holders at 7:30 a.m. and priority seating will continue until 8:30. Guests are advised to arrive well before 8:30 to use priority seating tickets.
General admission for non-ticket holders will begin at 8:35 a.m. Seating in Vining Arena will be limited; overflow seating will be available.
Guests who need accommodation due to limited mobility (walkers or wheelchairs) may make arrangements to reserve parking and seating by contacting the Registrar’s Office, 870.245.4298