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Petitioning To Graduate

Graduating Students

Graduating students must have their petition to graduate received by the registrar's graduation office no later than the date shown below and in the Academic Calendar. Students petitioning after the due date are subject to a late fee of $30* and may not be able to graduate as planned because of insufficient time to verify completion of requirements.

To complete the online petition to graduate, log in to PAWS  and navigate to Student Records under the Student tab.

Undergraduate and graduate certificate programs' students do not participate in commencement ceremonies. 

Deadlines to Petition to Graduate

If a student petitions to graduate during the semester of graduation, a late fee of $60 will be assessed. 

Spring 2024 Graduation

  • Last day to petition to graduate without a late fee:* September 8, 2023
  • Last day to re-petition for students who had petitioned for fall 2023:* January 26, 2024
  • Last day for completed graduate-level defense and exam: April 22, 2024
  • Last day to submit approved copies of thesis or dissertation to the Office of Graduate Programs: April 29, 2024
  • Graduation date (Saturday ceremonies): May 4, 2024

Summer 2024 Graduation

  • Last day to petition to graduate without a late fee:* February 2, 2024
  • Last day to re-petition for students who had petitioned for spring 2024:* June 3, 2024
  • Last day for completed graduate-level defense and exam: July 15, 2024
  • Last day to submit approved copies of thesis or dissertation to the Office of Graduate Programs: July 22, 2024
  • Graduation date (no summer commencement ceremonies): July 27, 2024

Fall 2024 Graduation

  • Last day to petition to graduate without a late fee:* March 15, 2024
  • Last day to re-petition for students who had petitioned for Spring/Summer 2024* September 6, 2024
  • Last day for completed graduate-level defense and exam: December 2, 2024
  • Last day to submit approved copies of thesis or dissertation to the Office of Graduate Programs: December 9, 2024
  • Graduation date (Saturday ceremonies): December 14, 2024

*Date the petition must be received to the registrar’s graduation office to avoid a late fee of $30.

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