Enrollment Services

Graduation

All graduating students must submit an official application for graduation on Spirit Online.

Deadlines for filing graduation application

May Conferral applications due by February 1
August Conferral applications due by July 1
December Conferral applications due by October 1

How do I apply?

Current Students must log into Spirit Online, click the “Apply for Graduation” link to process your application.

Former Students that have not attended in at least a year should contact the Registrar’s Office for assistance.

What’s next?

  • Avoid the Late Fee: If you are an evening student (undergraduate, graduate and doctoral) you must remit the required one time graduation fee of $150 to the Enrollment Services Center.  Applications submitted after the deadline will be assessed a $25 late fee. Please note your application will not be processed until you remit the required fee. The fee can be paid at the Enrollment Services Center in person or via phone at 201.761.6050. Students who file after the deadline may experience other processing delays and may not be listed in the Commencement Program.
  • Program Requirement Status: Review your academic evaluation to verify that your program requirements are complete for your entire program. If any area(s) are marked as “course needed” this means that you still need to complete that requirement. If you have questions regarding your academic evaluation you should consult your academic advisor(s).

Requirements for Degrees

Undergraduate Degrees

  • Complete all core, major, minor, and free electives requirements
  • All major/minor substitutions approved by the Dean and/or Advisor
  • All incomplete grades must have a valid grade submitted
  • Must have at least 120 credits completed
  • Must have at least a 2.0 overall GPA
  • Must have satisfied the GPA in the major and the GPA in the minor requirement
  • All transfer work must be approved by the Dean and submitted to Office of the University Registrar
  • All CLEP exam paperwork must be approved by Dean/Chair of Dept. and submitted to the Office of the University Registrar
  • Graduation Honors -On your Name Card it states the honors announcement that will be called during the Commencement Ceremony. This is based on your current GPA – not including spring grades.

After Commencement your GPA will be reviewed again and if you qualify then honors will be noted on your transcript.

Graduate/Doctorate Degrees

  • Complete all degree program requirements
    • Graduate Business Waivers must be approved by the Program Director and submitted to the Office of the University Registrar
      • Master of Arts in Business Administration requires 48 credits completed
      • Master of Science in Accountancy requires 30 credits completed
      • Dual MBA & MSA requires 63 credits completed
      • Second Concentration requires 6 additional credits
    • Graduate Education Alternate Route Credits and Comprehensive Exam results must be received and processed by the Office of the University Registrar
    • Doctoral Dissertation must be approved and passed by the Program Director
  • All incomplete grades must have a valid grade submitted
  • All transfer work must be approved by the Program Directors and submitted to the Office of the University Registrar
  • Graduate students must have at least a 3.0 overall GPA
  • Not eligible: If you do not meet the requirements for the graduation term you applied for, your application will be moved to the next conferral date. All degree requirements must be completed within the last business day of the month, in which you applied for graduation (May, August, or December) and received by the Office of the University Registrar. To be eligible for degree certification all requirements must be completed by the end of the last business day of the month that you are applying in either May, August, or December. If these requirements are not complete within the last business day of the month you will be moved to the following qualified month. We will keep your graduation application active for one academic year. If you are unable to complete the certification process by then, you will need to reapply for graduation (no fee necessary) at the Enrollment Services Center.
  • Diploma Name: If the name indicated on your application does not match our records then you are required to submit two forms of legal documentation to the Enrollment Services Center to officially update your name on file. If you fail to submit appropriate documentation the name on your diploma will be your name on file.
  • Commencement Ceremony: The University has one commencement ceremony in May and three certification dates: May, August, or December. If you complete your requirements in the middle of a term, you will receive certification on the next certification date. For example, if you complete all your requirements in the month of February, then your next certification date is in May. Your diploma and transcript will have a May graduation date. If you complete all your requirements in October, your next certification date is in December. For further information, including Commencement ceremony details, see Commencement.

Students that graduated last December or expect to complete their remaining program requirements in May or August are eligible to participate in the University’s annual Commencement exercises held at the close of the spring term. Effective Fall 2016, students who need no more than 6 credits remaining to complete degree requirements may participate in the Commencement exercises provided they have pre-registered for the remaining coursework or completed a Commencement Contract with the appropriate Dean indicating the program requirements that are still outstanding for degree completion. Exceptions to the credit requirement will be permitted for students in the School of Education who need to complete student teaching in the Fall term. To qualify for Commencement Awards, all program requirements must be successfully completed in May or August. Candidates that apply for December and request participation in early Commencement will not be considered for awards.

Participation in the Commencement exercises is ceremonial and does not constitute degree conferral. After final grades are received and a final graduation verification is completed, diplomas will be mailed approximately one month after the ceremony to those who qualify. All obligations to the University, including financial, must be fulfilled before the diploma will be released. Students may only participate in one Commencement exercise. Degrees are awarded in May, August and December.

When will I receive my diploma?

Approximately 30 days after the certification date (August 31st , December 31st, and May 31st ) your diploma will be mailed directly from our vendor to the address on file. Diplomas cannot be picked up.