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Why do I need to apply for graduation?

You must apply for graduation in order to generate a degree audit/grad check from your college dean. They will review your coursework against either a department check list or a degree audit generated by Office of the Registrar. After the review, and if the student is on track to graduate that semester, the advisor will send the signed degree audit/grad check to the Office of the Registrar. See below for application deadlines.

The application for graduation also collects valuable information, such as:

  • The name you want printed on your diploma
  • Your hometown and state (or country) for the commencement program and newspaper notification.

  • An indication to us whether you plan to participate in the ceremony and how many quests you will have.

  • Where you would like your diploma mailed, when it’s read.

  •  Confirmation of the degree(s), major(s) (and concentration, if applicable), and minor(s) that you are pursuing


When do I need to apply?

Your application for Degree should be submitted the semester before you intend to complete your degree. Deadlines for application completion click here.


Where do I apply?

Submit your application here.


Not sure how to find your degree?

Look it up here. 


Graduation FAQs

As students near completion of their individual degree program, questions may arise concerning policies and procedures associated with the graduation process. Find out answers here.


Graduation vs Commencement

Commencement is a ceremony held twice a year that honors students who just have or will soon graduate, which means completing all requirements of their degree program. Participating in Commencement does not automatically mean that a student has graduated. In order to graduate, a student must complete all requirements of their degree program and fill out an official online graduation application.

When students apply to graduate, Deans and the Registrar will check to certify that all program requirements have been satisfied. Once approved, the degree will display on the student transcript. Degrees are conferred 4-6 weeks after final grades are posted, then diplomas are printed and mailed.

Participating in Commencement is a separate process from graduating. When a student confirms participation in Commencement, UWA will reserve a seat at the ceremony and provide tickets for guests.

You will not receive a diploma at the commencement ceremony. Confirmation of degree completion will not take place until official grades are posted. It is highly recommended that you meet with your academic advisor prior to your last semester in order to review your records and ensure all graduation requirements will be met.


Participation in Commencement

Commencement is a ceremony held twice a year that honors students who will soon graduate, which means the students have or will soon complete all requirements of their degree program. Participating in Commencement does not mean that a student has graduated. In order to graduate, a student must complete all requirements of his or her degree program and fill out an official graduation application online.

When students apply to graduate, Deans and the Registrar will check to certify that all program requirements have been satisfied. Once approved, the degree will display on the student transcript. Degrees are conferred 4-6 weeks after final grades are posted; at that point, diplomas are printed and mailed.

Participating in Commencement is a separate process from graduating. When a student confirms participation in Commencement, UWA will reserve a seat at the ceremony and provide tickets for guests. Participation in commencement does not guarantee that the diploma and a final official transcript will be issued.

Students may be allowed to participate in Commencement if they meet the following requirements:

  • they have completed and submitted the application for degree prior to the deadline;
  • they are enrolled in the final course(s) for completing degree requirements and have attempted any applicable completion exams, internships, defenses, etc.
  • they have written approval from their College Dean;
  • they have a plan on file in their dean’s office to complete degree requirements the following term/session; and they have no outstanding financial obligations to the university (e.g., unpaid bills).