Steps to Graduation
Congratulations! If records indicate you may be ready to complete your degree requirements at the end of Fall 2013, it's up to you to get the graduation process rolling and sign up to participate in Commencement on campus where family and friends can celebrate your accomplishment. Here's what you can do now to ensure a smooth graduation experience.
All graduate and undergraduate students who plan to graduate must complete the following three steps:
1. Apply for graduation
Complete the Formal Application for Graduation indicating your intention to finish requirements for your degree within the academic year. See your academic advisor to review degree requirements and submit this form.
2. Request your official diploma
Complete a Diploma Form at http://www.usi.edu/registrar/graduation/diploma-form. Provide your name on the form exactly as you want it printed on your USI diploma. (Otherwise, your name will appear as it is listed in the student information system. There is a $25 fee for reprinting a diploma.)
3. Tell us where to mail your diploma
You will not receive your diploma at Commencement. Your diploma may be picked up or you may REQUEST to have it mailed to you. To have your diploma MAILED, read instructions about how to create a Diploma Mailing Address through myUSI Self-Service. When it becomes available, your diploma will be mailed to that address. If you do not provide an address, your diploma will be available for pick-up at the Office of the Registrar approximately six to eight weeks after the end of the semester.
Application and/or diploma forms not completed by October 1, 2013 may delay receipt of the diploma by as long as three months.
Students who plan to participate in a Commencement ceremony have an additional step.
4. Make a reservation for Commencement if you plan to participate
Go to http://www.usi.edu/commencement/commencement-reservation to make a reservation for Commencement. Participation is optional. A reservation is required if you plan to participate. Commencement will be held on December 14, 2013. There will be two ceremonies: 10 a.m. for the College of Business and the Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education; 1 p.m. for the College of Liberal Arts, College of Nursing and Health Professions, and Division of Outreach and Engagement.
At the conclusion of each ceremony, graduates will be led out of the Physical Activities Center to University Center East where a graduation reception will be held for the graduates, their guests, and USI faculty/staff.