Some frequently asked questions about graduation:
Yes. To officially graduate, students must 1. submit a graduation application online and 2. pay graduation fees. (See also Steps to Officially Graduate.)
A non-refundable $50 application fee is required of all graduation applicants. If you want to participate in the ceremony there’s an additional $20 cap and gown fee. Additional fees apply to PhD graduates for the doctorate hood.
The graduation fees payment page appears after you complete and submit your Application for Graduation. (Note that you don’t need to have a PayPal account in order to pay online with credit card.) If you prefer to pay cash or check, please see your Graduation Director.
Our Graduation Application is available online at Application for Graduation
Yes. Apply even if you’re not sure you’ll be able to graduate. If for some reason you don’t qualify, your application and fees will transfer to the next graduation date.
Can I participate in the ceremony even if I have remaining coursework to complete? All my friends are graduating and I want to join them in the ceremony but I have a required course scheduled next semester.
Consult with your Graduation Director.
Two. One in the spring and one in the fall.
No, there’s only one ceremony per year, in spring.
No (unless you had the fees refunded to you.) Your graduation application and fee will automatically transfer to the next graduation timeline. But do check with your graduation director to make sure you are on the list and everything’s in order for you to graduate.
Yes. All graduating students are required to attend the rehearsal the day before the ceremony. For more information, see the Calendar of Graduation Events.
Unfortunately, no. Only students graduating with degrees can participate in the ceremony. You can pick up your certificate the week following the end of the semester, or request it be sent to you.
How can I find out if I qualify for Valedictorian? Who gets chosen for honors: cum laude, or above? How are these decided?
Honors are give to approximately the top 10% of the graduating class, based on GPA, DC attendance, number of MUM credits earned and other factors, as determined by the Academic Standards Committee. Likewise, the Valedictorian and Salutatorian are chosen by the Academic Standards Committee. You will be notified before graduation if you qualify.
We no longer print formal invitations.
We offer up to 3 free tickets to every graduating student who plans to attend Garden Party dinner: one for you, and two for any family members attending with you.
To obtain a visa, my family need an official letter inviting them to my graduation. Without such a letter they cannot enter the United States. Can you help?
You can expect to receive your diploma 3-5 weeks following graduation. There is no extra charge for shipping the diploma.
For more information about steps to graduate, and our special graduation events, please visit the Graduation page.