Commencement 2016

Three Steps to Ensure a Smooth Degree Process

If you haven't already done so, it's time to take the necessary steps to file for degree candidacy. The Commencement ceremony in May is a celebration of the many years of dedicated hard work that you have spent on your college education. However, participating in the ceremony in May does not necessarily mean that you have completed the degree requirements. Your degree will not be posted until you have finished all requirements. In order to avoid confusion and frustration, complete the following three steps as soon as possible:

  1. Review Your Senior Audit
    Make sure to file your Application for Degree (available in the Registrar's Office) and Major Checklist with the Registrar's Office by September 30th to ensure timely processing and to avoid late fees. Senior Audits for students who filed their Applications for Degree after September 30th, will be processed in the order they were received.

    Carefully review your Senior Audit. Do all the courses you are taking for the Fall semester show up as CIP's or Classes in Progress? Are the only missing classes or blank spaces the ones you are taking in the Spring semester? Be sure to note the Residency, Upper Division and GPA requirements listed on the program evaluation. BE SURE TO READ THROUGH THE ENTIRE PACKET!.

    If you notice any discrepancies, have any questions or do not receive a Senior Audit, contact your evaluator in the Registrar's Office. Each evaluator covers a portion of the student body, based on the student's last name.

  2. Completion of Coursework
    Upon completion of your projected last term, traditional students must have completed the minimum 124 credits with at least 40 upper division credits. Remember, your advisor, the Registrar's Office and the Academic Advising Center are available to assist you, but you are ultimately responsible for making sure you have completed all major and general education degree requirements.

  3. Application for Degree Fee
    A $75.00 Application for Degree fee must be paid when you apply for your degree. This amount includes your diploma and first official transcript. There will be a $25 late fee for missing the priority deadline of September 30 for May graduation.

When is Commencement and how will I know if I am eligible to Participate?

Commencement will be Saturday, May 14, 2016, 10:00am.

Degree candidates for November 2015, December 2015, February 2016, May 2016, and August 2016 are eligible to participate in the May 2016 Commencement ceremony.

Completion of degree requirements next Fall (2016) will place you on the May 2017 Commencement list.

Students planning to complete requirements by Summer 2016 and who meet the minimum grade point average requirements prior to the spring term, may be listed as candidates for their degree for the May 2016 ceremony. August candidates should normally be within 6-8 credits of completion of the requirements after the spring term and must be pre-registered for summer school at CLU by April 1, 2016 to be eligible for the May 2016 ceremony.

All students planning to graduate in the summer of 2016 and walk in the May 2016 commencement ceremony will be required to take all summer courses at CLU. If students opt to take summer courses outside of CLU, they will not be eligible for the 2016 ceremony. If required courses are not offered at CLU in the summer, the student will not be allowed to walk; therefore, students must plan accordingly when registering for the Spring 2016 semester.

Additionally, all CLEP exams must be completed by April 1st, 2016 for any student graduating spring or summer of 2016.