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Graduation and Commencement

Graduation refers to actually receiving a degree once a student has been certified by the University as having met all degree requirements. Upon certification, the degree is awarded and noted in Banweb so that it displays on PSU transcripts. 

Commencement is a ceremony. It is an opportunity for students, families, friends, and the PSU community to celebrate their academic accomplishments. Except for doctoral students (who must actually graduate to participate), the commencement ceremony is open to any student who has applied to graduate, notified the Commencement Office that they intend to participate, rented the required regalia, and shown up at the designated time on the day of the ceremony. Participation in commencement does not mean that a student has graduated and students do not receive diplomas on that day.

*Students who do not wish to participate in commencement may skip these steps.

Steps to Graduation
1. Meet with adviser

Students may use the Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) at any time to check their progress toward a degree and are encouraged to meet with their academic adviser to discuss the report and plot a course for clearing up any outstanding course work issues.

2. Discuss your catalog year

Students must meet all degree requirements from one PSU catalog. Students may select the requirements of the PSU catalog in effect during the year they first enrolled at PSU or any accredited, postsecondary institution, or any subsequent year. However, at the time of graduation all students, including transfer students, must use a catalog that is no more than seven years old.

3. Plan to take your final classes

Run another DARS report after registering for your final term to confirm that all requirements are in progress.

4. Attend to any outstanding grade issues

All course work should be completed and final grades recorded to ensure smooth processing of your degree application. If you have any "Incomplete" grades, please review the "I to F Policy".

5. Begin transition to life after graduation

Students should begin their job search or preparation for graduate school during their final year at PSU. Advising & Career Services offers assistance with graduate school applications, resumes and cover letters, and networking and interviewing. Multiple career fairs and other events also bring hundreds of employers to campus each year. Students should plan to take advantage of these services and opportunities during their final terms at PSU.

6. Submit Degree Application

Any student seeking a degree from PSU must apply for the degree. Complete the online undergraduate degree application two terms prior to the anticipated graduation date. Graduate degree applications are due one term prior to graduation. See Applying for a Degree for specific dates and further information.

7. Register for Commencement*

​Registration for commencement is connected with submitting your application to graduate. When you submit the online application you will indicate if you want to participate at commencement and if you would like your name printed in the program when you submit your application to graduate.

8. Order cap, gown, announcements, class ring*

Vist the Commencement website for all information related to the ceremony and ordering regalia (cap and gown), graduation announcements, and class rings.