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Can I participate in graduation even though I won’t be finished with all my degree requirements?

Last Modified:Monday, April 01, 2013 Last Modified By: headt Type: INFO
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Applying to Graduate with Deficiencies


Seattle University holds one undergraduate and one graduate commencement ceremony each year. The commencement ceremony will be held in June. Students who are nearing graduation but must finish a few of their degree requirements after this may participate in commencement ceremony if they meet the following conditions:


Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students who will be within 18 credits of completing their degree requirements after Spring quarter and who meet the minimum GPA requirements for their degree programs as of Winter quarter are eligible to participate in commencement.

Graduate Students

Graduate students who will be within 6 credits of completing their degree requirements after Spring quarter and who meet the minimum GPA requirements for their degree programs as of Winter quarter are eligible to participate in commencement. Further restrictions apply to Doctoral students, see the College of Education for details.

Double Degree students are held to the same standards as students with single degrees.

You must apply for graduation via SU Online by the deadline for the quarter in which you plan to participate in commencement.

Students who plan to participate in commencement with deficiencies in Spring quarter should apply by the November 1st deadline.

After your application for graduation is received, your Student Academic Specialist in the Office of the Registrar, in consultation with your academic adviser, will determine your remaining degree requirements. You will be sent a letter which outlines these requirements.

An audit of your progress towards graduation will be done during Spring quarter. You and your adviser will be notified if it is determined that you do not meet the conditions for participation in commencement.

You can check your Program Evaluation on SU Online to make sure that you are on track for graduation and ensure that you will meet the conditions for participating in the commencement exercises. You may also check with your Student Academic Specialist in the Office of the Registrar and your adviser to confirm your eligibility for participation in commencement.

Detailed information on the commencement ceremony will become available online during Spring quarter.

Students participating in commencement with deficiencies are eligible for honors under the same conditions that apply to students completing their degrees in June.

If you choose to attend commencement with deficiencies, your file will be reviewed and your degree will be posted at the end of the quarter which you indicate as being your final quarter in your graduation application. Your diploma will be ordered after your degree is posted. Once you have participated in commencement with deficiencies, you are not eligible to participate in commencement again following the completion of your degree requirements.

For more information, view the Commencement with Deficiencies policy under Academic Policies on the Registrar's web site.

The deadlines to apply for graduation are:

  • Winter Quarter Graduation: October 1
  • Spring Quarter Graduation: November 1
  • Summer and Fall Quarter Graduation: February 1

There is no fee attached to graduation, or participating in commencement. The cap and gown you receive are yours to keep.



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