Attention May 2018 Graduation Applicants

May graduation means you have COMPLETED all coursework by May 10, 2018. If you will be taking summer 2018 coursework, you are NOT a May graduate and should apply for August graduation. All Students who graduate in May or August are allowed to walk in the May Commencement Ceremony. 

If you believe all coursework will be completed by May 10, 2018, you should apply for graduation during the Fall 2017 semester. (The deadline for applying for May 2018 graduation will be September 29, 2017.) If you apply on time, you will receive an email from this office listing the courses you still need for graduation to assist you in registering for Spring 2018. 

Information about the commencement ceremony is below.

Commencement and Graduation for Students:

  1. As soon as possible, make arrangements for your cap, gown, and invitations at the University Bookstore. All graduates will wear the same attire. You will NOT be allowed to participate in the ceremony unless you have a cap and gown.
  2. Honor graduates will be recognized at the ceremony.
  3. You may invite as many guests as you wish to the ceremony. Accessible seating is provided for guests with physical limitations. If you have a family member or guest who needs seating in this area, please arrive early, and ask the student marshals for assistance. Special parking for the disabled is available. Contact the University's Traffic Office at (828) 262-2878.
  4. No rehearsal will be held. There is a virtual Commencement Rehearsal video that can be found on the Registrar's Office website.
  5. Please arrive at least one half hour prior to the ceremony to assemble for the processional into the arena.
  6. The GPA used to recognize honor graduates at the ceremony is the cumulative GPA at the end of the prior (not the current) semester. When all of your grades have been reported, your cumulative GPA will determine the honor status on your diploma. Graduation with Honors will be noted on your transcript and a gold seal will be affixed to your diploma as follows: summa cum laude 3.85, magna cum laude 3.65, and cum laude 3.45.
  7. Your diploma will be mailed to you at your permanent address approximately six weeks after graduation. If you do not receive it, contact the Registrar's Office, (828) 262-2050.
  8. Occasionally, a student participates in the graduation ceremony but does not meet all of the graduation requirements. If this is the case, the student is notified by email and US mail. Upon completion of the requirements by the deadline noted in the email/letter, the student is graduated, and a diploma is mailed to the student. If graduation deficiencies are not cleared within the allotted time frame, the student must reapply to graduate at a later date.
  9.  For more information  on time, date and location of ceremony, please visit the Registrar's Office


Commencement Photographs

  1. Proofs of commencement photographs will be mailed to the student's permanent address. Information on purchasing copies will be sent along with the proofs. For any questions regarding photographs, please contact GradTrak's customer service department at 800-424-3686 or 001-641-472-6892 if calling  from outside the United States. Customer service can also be contacted via e-mail, fax, regular mail, or online at
  2. GradTrak is offering students a $5 discount on any photo order over $25 when they register their email address prior to graduation. Please click on the button below to register your email address.


If you have questions, please contact us at:

College Advising & Suppert Services Hub (CASSH)
College of Arts and Sciences
Room 100, I. G. Greer
(828) 262-3076
or e-mail or e-mail