Need to Know

A $35 graduation fee (added charge for each additional degree) will be billed to your University account after you are approved as a candidate. The fee is payable at the Cashier's Office. Please make arrangements to pay all debts prior to the end of the semester of your graduation/commencement participation.

Check your SE e-mail account frequently for important information related to your degree and/or commencement. Updates regarding additional steps in the graduation process and other important information will be communicated to you via your SE e-mail address. If your mailbox is full, or you do not read your e-mails, you will not have this important communication, but you will still be responsible for complying with the content of those e­mails.

When you are approved as a candidate, you will be notified, and then you must complete Candidate Information through the Portal, even if you are not eligible or do not plan to attend commencement. Failure to do so means you will not receive your diploma or certificate. Candidate information includes verification/update of diploma/certificate mailing address, a list of requirements for graduation, cap and gown order information, etc.

  • Log on to the portal
  • Click Students SS tab
  • Under "Services," choose Graduation Application Status
  • Click the "Graduation Application Status" button

Complete the Candidate information by following the link and directions. Be sure to click the submit button to complete the process. If not completed by the deadline (see Important Deadlines), non-refundable late fee(s) will be assessed and you may not receive your degree or certificate.

Honors: There are no honors awarded to students earning graduate degrees.

All undergraduate honors are pertinent only for degree-receiving candidates, and are based on gpa at the beginning of the graduation semester.  For students completing in summer (when there is no commencement) and participating in the preceding spring semester, gpa at the beginning of the spring semester is used). Undergraduates must have a 3.5 GPA, in all grades ever earned, including original grades in repeated courses, to graduate with Latin honors. (Your honor gpa may be different than your overall GPA.) To earn academic distinction in the department of your major you must have a 3.0 GPA, at least a 3.25 GPA in all courses taken in the department of major, and complete a special project satisfying requirements detailed in the Faculty Handbook. If you believe you are completing the Jane Stephens Honors Program, please contact the staff at the Honors House.

Commencement: Commencement for the fall and spring semesters occurs on the Saturday following final exams. Students are not required to participate in the commencement ceremony. However, fall and spring graduation candidates who wish to participate in commencement must do so in the first semester in which they are an approved candidate. No early or late commencement participation will be permitted.

Cap and Gown pick up occurs on Thursday and Friday immediately preceding commencement day. Please refer to the Important Deadlines section, and watch for directions related to cap and gown pick-up via your Southeast e-mail. If information is not received within a week of dates listed in the Important Deadlines schedule, please contact the Registrar's Office at graduation@semo.edu. When you receive the information, please read and follow the directions carefully.

Diploma: Graduates and certificate recipients will be notified via their SE e-mail account when diplomas/certificates are ready for distribution. Diplomas will be packaged with a complimentary copy of the official transcript and a copy of the commencement program (if possible). The notification e-mail will include information regarding the dates/times for diploma pick-up in the Office of the Registrar. All diplomas not picked up during this announced time will immediately be mailed to the diploma mailing address on file for the graduate. Graduates can update their diploma mailing address using the candidate information link until approximately two weeks prior to commencement. Graduation candidates will verify this address at cap and gown pick up. If you did not complete required Candidate Information, you will not receive a diploma.

It is the responsibility of the student to see that all requirements are met for completion of your program. Every effort will be made to notify you of deficiencies, but final responsibility for knowing and meeting requirements rests with the student.

Contact

573.651.2051
graduation@semo.edu
Academic Hall 057
Commencement
One University Plaza, MS 3760
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701