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Information for Graduates

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 www.studentloans.gov. 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 Friday, April 29, 2022. All students must complete the Exit Counseling interview online at www.studentloans.gov. 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

Rehearsal will be held on Thursday, May 12 at 10 a.m. in the F.G. Clark Activity Center. 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. MASK REQUIRED. 

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, May 13. 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/Degrees

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

Photographs

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.