One University Plaza, MS 3760
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701
Meet with your advisor and review your degree audit report for unmet requirements.
Undergraduates: be sure to include the WP003 Exit Exam. Graduate Students: Don't
forget to enroll in either GR698 or GR699. Specialists must enroll in GR799.
Enroll in all requirements. If completing a requirement by way of transfer credit,
use the portal to verify the course will transfer as you expect; enroll in coursework
at the other institution; provide proof of enrollment. This includes your name, the
name of the school, the course number and title, and the semester or dates in which
the course(s) will be completed. (Note: in addition to enrolling in courses, you do
have to complete them satisfactorily.)
After enrolling, run an updated degree evaluation. What's missing? If the department
is substituting or waiving a requirement on your major, have the substitution sent
to the Registrar's Office from the department chair or approved program coordinator.
Advisors alone cannot approve substitutions or waivers.
Apply for Graduation
Complete the graduation application for the semester in which you will complete your
last requirements (i.e., summer class or internship = summer graduation). Read the instructions carefully! You may apply through the portal, Student SS tab>Services>Apply to Graduate.
All students who wish to receive a degree must submit an application and complete Candidate
Information online, or they will not receive their diploma. Only those receiving a
degree are eligible to participate in commencement. Even if you are not participating in commencement, you MUST complete this step. About seven weeks into the graduation semester, approved applicants will be notified
to to do so through the portal, Graduation Application Status. A new link – "Candidate
Information" – will be available inside this link. Complete the Candidate Information
by following the link and directions. Be sure to hit the submit button to complete
the process. If you are not an approved candidate, you will not be able to access
this information, and should address any unmet requirement immediately to avoid late
Commencement for the fall and spring semesters occurs on the Saturday following final
exams. Cap and gown pick up occurs on the Thursday and Friday prior to commencement
day. To receive your regalia, you must pick it up, or make arrangements to have someone
else pick it up for you. These are the only times it is available. Read and follow
directions regarding cap and gown pick up when received.
There is no summer commencement; students graduating in summer may choose to participate
in the preceding spring commencement (provided they have enrolled and applied for
summer graduation no later than Friday of the first week of summer enrollment) or
they may choose to participate in commencement in the following fall semester. Only students who are completing their education in the summer may choose the semester
in which they attend commencement. Students are not required to participate in commencement, but students graduating
in the summer must mark either spring or fall so that their name will be included
in the appropriate program.
If possible, there will be a few days when you can pick up your diploma. You will
be notified by SE e-mail when diplomas are ready. Diplomas not picked up during that
time period will be mailed immediately. Your diploma will be sent in the mail with
a complimentary transcript, and a copy of the commencement program (if possible) to
the address verified as correct at cap and gown pick-up. Expect it about eight weeks