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Commencement exercises are held annually in the spring. Diplomas are issued to students completing degree requirements three times a year, dated September 15, January 15, or the day of Commencement exercises. Students receiving diplomas dated September or January are invited to participate formally in the Commencement exercises closer to their completion date.

Students are required to declare their intention to graduate a semester in advance of their expected graduation date. Under no circumstances will the University "backdate" the awarding of a degree; i.e., prior to the filing of the Intent to Graduate letter. Students must present themselves for evaluation of their record in order to graduate.

Students should consult the Academic Calendar to see when they should file their letter of Intent to Graduate. After their record has been evaluated, graduating seniors will receive detailed information on Commencement procedures.