Details for Graduating Candidates

Commencement is the ceremony in which degrees are conferred on graduating students. In order to participate in the Commencement ceremonies in May 2017, all graduating candidates must meet the following requirements:
  • Received a fall 2016 OR winter 2017 conferred degree. 

  • Submitted a Graduation Application before the filing periods listed below and on track to complete all graduation requirements by the end of spring or summer term 2017. 

Declared Graduation Term

Undergraduate Degrees Filing Deadline

Graduate Degrees Filing Deadline

Winter Intersession 2017

Sept.1, 2016

Sept. 15, 2016

Spring Semester 2017

Oct. 15, 2016

Nov. 15, 2016

Summer Term 2017

Feb. 1, 2017

Feb. 15, 2017


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Visit the Graduation Office for details on how to check the status of your graduation application.

Late Applications

Eligible candidates on track to graduate by the terms listed above who missed the graduation application deadlines may still participate in the Commencement ceremonies. If you file before March 24, 2017 and your application is approved, you will be able to reserve guest tickets online and be included in the printed program. You must submit a completed Graduation Application to the Cashier’s Office along with the $30 application and diploma fee and a $25 late filing fee.  Please allow 7 to 10 business days for your application to be processed. 

If you file between March 24April 21, 2017 and your application is approved, you will be able to reserve guest tickets online but will not be included in the printed program. You must submit a completed Graduation Application to the Cashier’s Office along with the $30 application and diploma fee and a $25 late filing fee. Pease allow 7 to 10 business days for your application to be processed.

Please note that applying for graduation for the terms listed above means you are expected to complete your degree requirements by that time. You will not be able to register for classes beyond the expected graduation term.

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At Commencement, your name will be read as it appears on your GET account. If your name is incorrect, please submit a Name Change Form to Student Affairs, Room 101, by March 24.

If you do not want your name, degree or honor (if any) listed in the printed program, email no later than March 24. 



photo of graduating studentsACCESSIBILITY ASSISTANCE

If you need assistance with check-in, seating or the recessional, please contact the Office for Students with Disabilities at (323) 343-3140 by April 28, 2017.


  1. Graduating candidates and their guests are expected to remain for the duration of the ceremony.
  2. Disruptive and/or inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated. Graduating candidates who are disorderly will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony.
  3. No smoking (including electronic cigarettes) or alcoholic beverages will be allowed. Inebriated candidates will be asked to leave the ceremony.
  4. Purses, bags, balloons and beach balls will not be allowed in the seating area for graduating candidates.

The Commencement ceremony will last about 2 to 2 ½ hours, depending on the size of the college. 



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For each commencement ceremony, graduating candidates will check in at the north side of the University Stadium. Here are important reminders to remember during check-in:

  • We recommend arriving 90 minutes prior to the ceremony
  • Bring a valid photo ID (University or government issued) for verification
  • Candidates who graduated fall 2016 or winter 2017 OR have approved graduation applications for spring 2017 and summer 2017 terms will receive a pre-printed name card (presented to the name reader and photographer)
  • Candidates will be pre-seated 45 minuted before the ceremony and be seated by major
  • Pre-seating will close five minutes before the ceremony
  • Candidates who arrive after the gates close will not be seated until after the national anthem


  1. Academic processional of faculty and platform party
  2. National anthem
  3. Welcome remarks and introduction of platform party by the Dean of the College
  4. President's Greeting
  5. Keynote or Student Speaker
  6. Academic Honors
  7. Presentation of candidates for degrees by the Provost
  8. Presentation of candidates for Doctoral degrees (ceremonies 5 and 9)
  9. Presentation of candidates for Master's degrees (excluding ceremony 7)
  10. Presentation of candidates for Bachelor's degrees
  11. Conferral of degrees by the President
  12. Closing remarks by the Dean of the College
  13. University Hymn
  14. Recessional of platform party, faculty and conferees of Doctoral, Master's, and Bachelor's degrees




Graduating candidates will receive a diploma cover during Commencement. After the Graduation Office verifies the candidate has met the requirements for a degree, the graduate will be mailed a diploma within four to six weeks after verification.



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