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December Commencement

December Commencement     
There are two commencement ceremonies on Friday, December 11th.
Friday, December 11th at 2:00 pm - Commencement ceremonies for Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (BM), Bachelor of Science (BS), and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degrees in Ransdell Chapel.
Friday, December 11th at 4:00 pm - Commencement ceremonies for Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), Associate of Science (AS), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), and all Master degrees in Ransdell Chapel.
Caps, gowns, and tassels can be picked up soon at CU Barnes & Noble Bookstore. The bookstore will order quantities of caps and gowns in all sizes.  Cost for the graduation regalia is included in the $100 graduation fee charged to each candidate.  Masters candidates will need to pick up the appropriate hood as well from the bookstore.  CU Barnes & Noble Bookstore business hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.          
Each graduate will be photographed with the President while on stage. Students will receive an email from the Office of Communications containing their photo to print on their own 3-4 weeks after the ceremony.  Guests are permitted to move to the front of the chapel to take photographs during the ceremony. They should not interfere with University photographers and be mindful of others as they do.

Graduation Meetings

There are no graduation meetings or rehearsal for December commencement ceremonies.

Graduation Lunch

The Office of Alumni Relations invites December graduates (undergraduates and graduates) and their guests to the 2015 December Graduation Luncheon in the Winters Dining Hall, Friday, December 11th from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm.  Each graduate is entitle to 3 free tickets (one for the graduate and 2 additional for guests).  Additional tickets can be purchased for $10 each.  Children 5 and under can eat at no cost.  The cost for children ages 6-12 is $5.  
Please confirm your attendance by December 7, by contacting the Alumni Office at 800-264-6014, ext. 5216 or email

Commencement Speakers

This checklist includes both academic and non-academic steps that students need to do before graduation.

Students who plan to complete requirements for graduation in  December 2014, May 2015, August 2015, or December 2015 must file an Application for Graduation with the Office of Student Records in order to generate a Graduation Application Progress Profile (GAPP). The application can be found under "Forms and Documents - Students."

Submission of the Graduation Application generates a $100.00 graduation fee charged to the student's account during the term of graduation.
  • Meet degree requirements as listed in the University catalog - graduate with at least the minimum number of credit hours required by your program of study and have a 2.0 overall GPA.
  • Student who have taken courses at other institutions should confirm with Student Records that official transcripts have been received.
  • Pick up caps, gowns, robes, tassels, etc. from the CU/Barnes & Noble Bookstore. Masters candidates will need to secure the appropriate hood as well.
  • Take any and all exams required by your college or school. (PRAXIS for students in Teacher Education.)
  • Pay all student accounts including parking and library fines and the graduation fee.
  • Return all library materials.
  • Reserve any special services for disabled graduates or guests by calling Jennifer Lauer at 270.789.5150.
  • Complete exit interviews with Business Services and/or Financial Aid if any type of federal grants or loans were received.
The requirements for graduation can be found here

This checklist is general in nature and is intended to serve as a guide for students. A formal and official list of remaining requirements is provided in the Graduation Application Progress Profile (GAPP) that each student receives after applying to graduate.