|Commencement is a public ceremony to celebrate graduation, whereas graduation is the "earning" of an academic degree.|
Commencement ceremonies are held once a year in May. They are free and open to the public. University officials and special guests preside over the event and honorary degrees are bestowed at this time. People with special needs for the ceremony should contact the commencement office.
Students who expect to complete their degree requirements in May, or who will be within eight credits of completing their degree, must file and Intent-to-Graduate via WEBCAT to participate in Commencement. Please see the Graduation information section of the Registrar's Office website for more information about filing an Intent-to-Graduate via WEBCAT and filing deadlines. Please see the Commencement Office website for more information about the ceremony.
A commencement book is published and distributed at the Ceremony. It contains five semesters of students who have filed intent-to graduate forms. Filing your Intent-to-Graduate after the posted deadlines may prevent your name from being published in the commencement book.
Summa Cum Laude 3.7 or higher GPA
Magna Cum Laude 3.5 - 3.699 GPA
Cum Laude 3.2 - 3.499 GPA
NOTE: "Walking" in the ceremony at Commencement does NOT mean that you have academically graduated! Academic graduation depends upon successful completion of all University requirements.
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