Steps to Graduation
Congratulations! If records indicate you may be ready to complete your degree requirements at the end of Spring or Summer 2014, 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 March 1, 2014, 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 to make a reservation for Commencement. Participation is optional. A reservation is required if you plan to participate. Commencement for graduate students is May 2, 2014. Commencement for undergraduate students by college is May 3, 2014.
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.
In order to accommodate the large number of students participating in the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Nursing and Health Professions Commencement Ceremonies and their guests, degree candidates participating in the ceremony will receive a limited number of tickets for their guests to attend Commencement.
All candidates who filed their paperwork by March 7, 2014, and have been approved to participate in Commencement are eligible to obtain tickets.
Tickets will not be required if you are participating in the Graduate Ceremony, the Romain College of Business and Division of Outreach and Engagement Ceremony, or the Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education Ceremony.
Complete ticket information and procedures are available online.
Students needing special accommodations are asked to contact CJ Regin in the Office of Special Events (812/465-1654).