Essential Information for Undergraduate Students

Congratulations, Graduates!

For an overview of Commencement Weekend, please view the Understanding Commencement Presentation.

Required Steps to Graduate

Apply to Graduate

The Application to Graduate will open on Monday, January 20, and information about the application will be sent to seniors at that time.

The Application is a required step for graduating seniors, and must be submitted by Wednesday, April 1, 2020. The Application provides the opportunity to: 

  • Change the way your name will appear on your diploma if you would like it to be different than how it appears on your transcript on Self-Service Banner
  • To provide a summer mailing address if you are not planning to attend Commencement or your diploma needs to be reissued post Commencement (i.e., concentration honors/magna)

Multiple Concentrators

Notify the Registrar’s Office which ceremony you will be attending by Friday, February 28, 2020 at 5 p.m. This only applies to graduates who have more than one concentration and individuals in certain, specific interdepartmental concentrations The Registrar’s Office contacts multiple concentrators via campus mail in late January to indicate where their diploma will be routed by default. Students must attend that specific Diploma Ceremony. Students who would like to make any changes and attend a different ceremony associated with one of their other concentrations must notify the Registrar’s Office by Friday, February 28, 2020. No changes will be made after this date.

Visit the Registrar's Office to view all Commencement-related deadlines.


Plan for Commencement

Academic Regalia

Academic regalia should be worn for the Baccalaureate Service on Saturday, May 23, and the Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 24. Commissioning students and those with military service have the option to wear formal military attire in place of the cap and gown if they so choose and if permitted according to their status with the military. 

You can purchase your academic regalia (cap and gown) at the Grad Fair on April 22 from 11 -2 or at the Brown Bookstore. Visit the store's website or contact Michelle Mare at michelle_mare(at) if you have any questions.

Commencement Website & Guidebook App

Visit frequently and encourage family and guests to utilize the site and App to plan their visit to Campus. The App will be available for download in early spring. 


During Commencement Weekend

Line up for the Baccalaureate procession on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

All graduating seniors are encouraged to attend Baccalaureate. Lineup for the procession begins at 1:30 p.m. on Waterman Street in front of the Stephen Robert ’62 Campus Center. Encourage your family and guests to find comfortable seating on the College Green to view the procession and ceremony.  Guests are not permitted on the grounds of the First Baptist Church. 

Line up for the Commencement day procession on Sunday promptly at 9:30 a.m.

Line up for procession no later than 9:30 a.m. on Sunday. Encourage your family and guests to find comfortable seating on the College Green for the College and University ceremonies, which immediately follow the procession.

Attend your Diploma Ceremony on Sunday

All diploma ceremonies are held after the University ceremony concludes. Information regarding student's specific ceremonies will be available mid-day on Friday, May 24th. Please check back at that time. 


Commemorative Items

Collegiate Video

Families can order professionally edited videos of Commencement Weekend on DVD, Blu-ray discs or USB flash drive from Collegiate Video. Visit the Collegiate Video website  or call 802 365-4414 for more information.