Graduate Policies

Graduate Clearance

Applying for graduation is a two step process for graduate students.  

First, the student must file a Request for Graduate Clearance Form with the Registrar's Office.  The Registrar's Office will mail the Graduate Clearance Form to students.  

When the student receives the "Graduation Clearance" form, it must be completed, approved by all appropriate faculty and submitted to the Registrar’s Office by the date listed in the Graduate Academic Calendar. 

The registrar's office will verify course credit credit, grade and GPA requirements, and submission of thesis/dissertation (if applicable) prior to the awarding the degree. 

Additional Requirements for Students Completing a Thesis or Dissertation 

All students who are completing a thesis or dissertation must also submit one clean copy (NOT the original) of the signature page for the thesis or dissertation.  The signature page must be signed and dated by the thesis/dissertation advisor and all committee members.  Copies of the Thesis or Dissertation must be submitted to the Library for binding and microfilming by the deadline dates listed for degree clearance.  In addition, doctoral students are required to submit a completed "Survey of Earned Doctorates" at the time of earned doctorates. Unless the Registrar’s Office receives the completed signature page which verifies that a student has successfully defended the thesis/dissertation on or before the "last day to submit clearance forms" in the Graduate Academic Calendar and confirms that the thesis/dissertation has been submitted to the library, the student will not be eligible to graduate.