Do I need to see my advisor if I have been keeping track of requirements myself?

Yes, you do! There may be a problem that would be discovered by your advisor in an appointment. If you delay meeting with your advisor, you may not have time to correct the problem and may have to postpone your graduation.

What is the deadline to apply for graduation?
  • For graduation in May: April 1 (to appear in program); April 29 (to apply online)
  • For graduation in August: April 1 (to appear in program); August 8 (to apply online)
  • For graduation in December: November 1 (to appear in program); December 12 (to apply online)
When do I have to have my correspondence work finished?
  • For graduation in May: May 1*
  • For graduation in August: August 1*
  • For graduation in December: December 1*

*or the next working day if this date falls on a weekend or holiday

What is the deadline for finishing my incomplete from last semester?
  • For graduation in May: May 1*
  • For graduation in August: August 1*
  • For graduation in December: December 1*

*or the next working day if this date falls on a weekend or holiday

Can I take a Maymester course to finish my one remaining requirement and graduate in May?

No, you will need to apply for August graduation. Maymester is considered part of the Summer Session and cannot be used to graduate in May.

When/Where do I get my cap and gown?

The Commencement Office sends out information via e-mail on cap and gown rental, announcements, ceremony details and diploma availability approximately six weeks prior to the ceremony.

When will my degree show on my transcript?

Degrees are posted to transcripts approximately one month after the graduation ceremony.

When can I get my diploma?

There is a diploma pick-up day scheduled approximately six weeks after the graduation ceremony. All diplomas not picked up on that day will be mailed to the permanent address you indicated on your graduation materials.

I went through the ceremony so that means I graduated, doesn't it?

Not necessarily... grades are not final until approximately two weeks after the graduation ceremony, at which time your Primary Adviser begins the final graduation check process. By working closely with your Primary Adviser throughout your years at CU, you can be sure of where you stand regarding requirements.

How will I know if there was a problem with my graduation?

If your Primary Adviser discovers during final graduation check that you did not meet all requirements, a letter detailing the deficiencies will be sent to your permanent mailing address.

If I pre-registered for the next semester do I need to do anything about those classes?

Yes, if you are not planning to attend, you will need to formally withdraw at the Registrar's Office.

Can I graduate with one course or requirement incomplete and finish it later?

No, you will not be officially graduated until all requirements are completed.

Some of the most common reasons students DO NOT GRADUATE...
  • Correspondence Courses not completed on time.
  • Incompletes from past semesters not completed by the deadline.
  • Failed course(s) in last semester.
  • Not enough hours completed
  • Too many hours taken in the major department.
  • Major or cumulative GPA below the 2.00 required.
  • Wanted to "walk through ceremony" with friends.