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December Commencement

There are two commencement ceremonies in December 2016.

The first ceremony is Friday, December 16th at 2:00 pm in Ransdell Chapel for all BA (Bachelor of Arts), BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts), BM (Bachelor of Music), BS (Bachelor of Science), and BSBA (Bachelor of Science in Business Administration students. Candidates for graduation need to report to the Davenport Student Commons at 1:15 pm to collect their name card and to participate in the Graduation Walk.

The second ceremony is Friday, December 16th at 4:00 pm in Ransdell Chapel for all Associate Degree, BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing), BSW (Bachelor of Social Work), and Master degree students.  Candidates for graduation will need to report to Davenport Student Commons at 3:15 pm to participate in the Graduation Walk.

Caps, gowns, and tassels will be available soon at CU Barnes & Noble Bookstore.  We will send all graduates an email when they are ready. 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.  We will let you know when caps and gowns can be picked up.  The bookstore can also mail your cap and gown to you!     
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

Information coming soon!

Graduation Lunch

Information coming soon!

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 2015, May 2016, August 2016, or December 2016 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.