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Information for Graduates

The Fall 2002 Commencement ceremony will be held on Friday, December 9 at 10 a.m. in the F.G. Clark Activity Center. Seating begins at 9 a.m. Please refrain from bringing banners, balloons, and any form of noise makers. They will NOT be allowed in the Activity Center. Individuals with prohibited items will be asked to leave. 

Clearance for Graduation

Candidates for graduation are responsible for satisfactorily completing all general University, major department, academic, and financial requirements. Participation in the Commencement Ceremonies, the appearance of names in the printed program, or receipt of this information will not be considered evidence of graduation.

Academic Clearance — Candidates are required to consult with the Office of the Dean of their respective College to determine if they have met all academic requirements. Candidates who are unsuccessful in completing the graduation requirements must RESUBMIT an application for graduation for the semester in which degree requirements are completed according to the published deadline.

Financial Clearance — Candidates are required to log onto their respective Banner accounts to ensure that there are no outstanding balances associated with their account (Campus Police, Library, Financial Aid and Bursar). The graduation fee for all candidates is $41. Payments may be made online or by cash, certified check, credit card, or money order. Personal checks are not accepted.

All students must complete the Exit Counseling Interview at Students should contact the Office of Financial Aid with any questions or concerns at 225-771-2790.

Check-Out Process

The check-out process for candidates for graduation has been updated. Candidates should complete the Exit Counseling interview as requested by the Office of Student Financial Aid. Candidates should also ensure that there are no financial obligations to the university. This should be completed prior to Monday, November 21, 2022. 

All students must complete the Exit Counseling interview online at Students should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid with any questions or concerns: 225-771-2790.

  • Financial Aid Office
  • International Student Affairs (International Students Only)
  • Comptroller’s Office/Cashier (Accounts Receivable, NDSL, Library)
  • Campus Police


Rehearsal will be held on Thursday, December 8, 2022, at 10 a.m. Please arrive by 9 a.m. to complete Exit Surveys. All graduates must attend rehearsal. Important information will be provided at this session regarding arrival instructions, parking, transportation, and processional/recessional route, as well as any last-minute updates pertaining to the commencement ceremony. 

Arrival/Assembly for Academic Processional/Recessional

Graduates must arrive in cap and gown promptly at a.m. at the F.G. Clark Activity Center on Friday, December 9, 2022. Family and friends will not be permitted to enter the assembly area. Staff members will be available to help direct graduates to the appropriate line-up areas as well as to direct family and friends to seating areas. Following the ceremony, all students will participate in the formal recessional from the stadium.


Diplomas covers will be distributed on stage. Diplomas will be distributed after the ceremony in a designated area of the venue. 


Candid Campus Photography has been contracted to take your photo with the President-Chancellor as you cross the stage.  You may order pictures directly from the photographer. Specific details will be provided directly from the vendor.


Review the Commencement Fact Sheet for more information.