Students intending to graduate should become familiar with the requirements and deadlines applicable to their expected term of graduation.  Each term (e.g., fall, spring, first summer session, second summer session) has its own deadline for the graduation requirements.  It is imperative that students complete all graduation requirements by the Graduate School’s published deadlines, which are posted on the Academic Calendar.  An application for graduate degree can be found by logging into Banner. Additional information about graduation is available at the Graduate School website.

In addition to the requirements outlined below, students must also be in satisfactory academic standing at the time of graduation clearance.  This includes maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or greater in your degree coursework, while no more than two ‘C’ grades are allowed.  Once a student earns a third ‘C’ grade (in any course taken during their time in the program including preparatory courses), the student will be suspended from the program.  An ‘unsatisfactory’ or ‘U’ grade will also result in academic suspension.  Graduate courses are valid for only six years, students must complete the degree and graduate within six years of starting the program.


We recommend students to complete and submit all requirements at least four weeks before the start of your final term so you have ample time to adjust your class schedule, if needed.  The application requirements for graduation can be reviewed by visting the Graduate School website.

  • The Graduate School, located in the Cato building, manages the online graduation application system.  Should you encounter any problems with the online system pleast contact the Graduate School at 704‑687‑5503.
  • The Graduate School will notify graduation applicants about Graduation Fair and cap & gown pickup, which is done in the University Bookstore.  Please visit the University’s Commencement website for additional information, including tickets and event schedule.
  • Commencement is held twice a year, one for spring graduates and one for fall graduates.  Those who graduate in the summer participate in the December commencement ceremony with fall graduates.