Congratulations! Graduation from
college, whether you are earning a baccalaureate or advanced degree, is a major
event in your life. It is an acknowledgment of your hard work, perseverance and
There is a distinction between Graduation and Commencement. While related, they are not the same thing. Graduation is achieved at the end of one’s academic career after the completion of all degree requirements for a particular program of study, whereas Commencement is a ceremony in which graduates celebrate their accomplishments with family and friends.
Not all students who graduate choose to participate in the commencement ceremonies, but ALL students who participate in commencement must have graduated (completed all of their degree requirements).
Only students who have completed ALL graduation requirements are permitted to participate in commencement.
Commencement day is a time when you, your family, your guests and the
university will all celebrate your success. To help you prepare for Commencement, we've provided the information
you'll need, so the day itself can truly be a memorable, joyous
occasion. We want you to enjoy the ceremony, and we also want you to be well
informed about what each graduate needs to do in advance.
We've provided details about directions, maps and parking for you
and your guests. You can connect to the University Store to order your cap and
gown, and other graduation materials. Please review academic information
if you have questions about academic eligibility. There's even an FAQ
with short, quick answers to the questions everyone seems to ask.