CERTIFICATION FOR GRADUATION
Only students who have been officially certified for graduation by the Office of Records and Registration may participate in the Commencement Exercises.
Two steps toward participating in May 2017 Commencement: Once all requirements for the degree have been met, there are two final steps toward participating in the May 2017 Commencement Exercises:
1. determining that you have been officially certified academically for graduation and
2. picking up your certification card/permit and other materials to participate in graduation.
Step 1: Official Notification of Certification
The Office of Records and Registration will certify students academically for graduation and grant them permission to participate in the Commencement Exercises. The Office will notify students of their certification via email. No certifications will take place on the day of Rehearsal or the day of Commencement.
Determining Requirements for Graduation Not Met: If students are informed by the Office of Records and Registration that they have not been certified for graduation, they should report immediately to their academic program to determine what requirements remain unfulfilled, at the following locations, before May 18, 2017:
The School of Graduate Studies – McKeldin Center, Room 310
Step 2: Picking up Certification, Admit Tickets and Other Material at Rehearsal
Once students have determined that they have been certified to graduate and to participate in the Commencement Exercises, they are authorized to attend Graduation Rehearsal.
All graduating students must attend the Graduation Rehearsal
Rehearsal for graduate students (those receiving the doctorate and the master’s degree) will be at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 in the Murphy Fine Arts Center. There will be a graduate-only reception immediately following the rehearsal.
At the end of Rehearsal, after posing for the Class Photo, students will report to the designated locations for their college/school to pick up their Certification Cards, Admit Tickets and Verification of Attendance Card.
Certification Cards: Each student will be issued one (1) Certification Card. Only that student may use the Certification Card issued to participate in Graduation Exercises on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. The Certification Card will bear the student’s name and discipline (and honors, if earned) and a special code that prevents duplication of the card. Once the student receives the card, he/she should secure it in a safe place. A student cannot be admitted to participate in the Graduation Exercises on Saturday without the Certification Card.