Congratulations! If you are in your final semester and are anticipating the completion of your academic program, then there are some very important things you need to know.

Students who are completing or scheduled to complete the academic requirements of their degree are required to inform the University of their intent to graduate by Applying for Graduation. In order to be eligible to participate in commencement and for your degree to be conferred, you must apply for graduation. Degrees are conferred only after the student has successfully met their academic, financial, and other university obligations.

If you have questions about your academic progress, including how to know that you're ready to graduate, then you should contact your Academic Advisor.

How to Apply

Applications for Graduation are processed by the University’s Office of Records and Registration; click or tap here to visit their page for Graduation. Please pay special attention to application requirements and procedures.

Deadlines are critical and must be met. Both the normal and late deadline are very early in the semester. If you know you are in your final semester and on track to finish, take care of your application to graduate as soon as you're able to.

Degree candidates (students who have applied to graduate) who wish to participate in Commencement can find information about the Commencement Ceremony, including RSVP, on this page.

The College of Nursing and Health Innovation is proud to recognize those students who are reaching the successful end of their academic programs. We celebrate your achievement through several events and ceremonies.

Row of students wearing caps and gowns during a commencement ceremony


Commencement is the formal ceremony held to publicly recognize and congratulate the degree candidates. For the latest information please check the University’s Commencement page.

Two students wearing honors cords celebrate before a commencement ceremony.

Latin Honors

Information on requirements for Latin Honors can be found clicking or tapping here. Latin Honors are automatically awarded. Please use the website to determine if you meet the Latin Honors requirements. For ceremony purposes, Latin Honors are determined based on GPA at the end of the previous semester. However, if Latin Honors are earned at the end of the graduation term, it will be indicated on the diploma.

A nursing student celebrates with a family member during a pinning ceremony.


A ceremony of symbolic welcoming of new nurses to the profession, attended by friends and family.