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There are two ceremonies for our December 2017 graduating students on Friday, December 15th in Ransdell Chapel.
The first ceremony is at 2:00 pm for all of our students graduating with Associate degrees (AS and ADN), Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (BM), Bachelor of Science (BS), and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA).
The second ceremony is at 4:00 pm for all of our students graduating with Bachelor of Nursing (BSN), Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), and all of our Master degree students.
All graduates need to report to Davenport Student Commons 45 minutes before the ceremony to receive their name card. There is NOT a graduation rehearsal for our December ceremonies.

To participate in the ceremony, you must wear the required cap and gown as received from the CU Barnes and Noble Bookstore.  No flags or ceremonial dress will be permitted.  Also, as a reminder, only the graduating student is allowed to cross the stage to receive the diploma.  No additional family members or friends will be allowed to walk across the stage. Violation of these procedures will result in the student not participating in the ceremony.  If you have any questions regarding graduation policy and procedures, please feel free to contact the Office of Academic Affairs.

 Caps, gowns, and tassels will be available AFTER November 1st at our 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!  The $100 graduation fee is charged to all graduating students, whether they participate in the ceremony or not.  Even if you can't attend the ceremony, please still get your cap, gown, and tassel from the bookstore.       

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.

The Office of Alumni Relations will sponsor a graduation lunch from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm in the Winters Dining Hall.  They will be mailing out information to graduates 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.
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