Early Graduation

Early Graduation Early Graduation
For Students Graduating in December or January.

*Please note that graduation and commencement are different. Graduation means degree completion based off your academic evaluation while commencement itself is the event ceremony

If you plan on graduating in December (after your Fall grades are posted) or graduating in February (after your Jan-Term grades are posted), here are some helpful steps:

  • If you are graduating early, you must apply for commencement. You will receive an email with commencement information in December from the Office of the Registrar. 
  • If you are graduating early, no additional graduation paperwork is needed. We will process your graduation status automatically once all of your final grades are submitted.
  • Make sure your Jan-Term requirement is complete. If you plan on petitioning a Jan-Term, you may fill out a Special Action PetitionPlease note that Jan-Terms are not waived because early graduation is possible. A special action petition must be submitted and approved.
  • You must have completed 17 upper division credits and 36 institutional credits. 
  • Once your final grades are submitted, it will take approximately 3 weeks to process your graduation status and mail your diploma.
    • Please ensure your address is listed accurately, and review your student account for active restrictions. 
  • If you would like to confirm your early graduation status, first check with your advisor and then you may contact our Office of the Registrar to confirm.