Summer 2014 Commencement

The official degree conferral date for Summer 2014 is on:

Wednesday, August 13, 2014.

There will be no commencement ceremony for Summer 2014. Graduating students can pick up their degree at the Registrar's Office as of August 13 or have it mailed by filing out the Diploma Mailing form at More information is below.

All summer graduates are automatically included in the Fall 2014 commencement ceremony on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 3 p.m.


  1. Students who wish to graduate for Summer 2014 must fill out the Application for Degree on WebSTAR by Friday, June 13, 2014. You will find information at:

    Please note the $50 Diploma/Graduation fee will be posted to student accounts around June 16. (Doctorate students have an additional $45 dissertation fee.) Diploma/Graduation fees are not refundable after the June 13 deadline.
  2. In order to graduate, students must be active in their program. This means that if you have completed all of your coursework prior to the semester in which you plan to graduate, the Office of the Registrar or your college will have to enroll you in a "degree only"      course in order to maintain your active status. (Graduate students – please contact the Graduate School for more details.) The fee for this course is around $30.00 and is non-refundable.

    Note that this applies to students for the term they are graduating. Students who have graduated in the summer but wish to participate in the Fall Commencement ceremony do not have to fill out special paperwork.
  3. All fees and other financial obligations to the University must be paid 48 hours prior to the conferral date in order to receive your diploma and transcript at that      time. Contact the Bursar (280-5500 or 280-6504) for fees and traffic fines and the Library (280-6355) for library fines. If you have ever received      any type of Stafford or Perkins student loan through the University, you must complete an exit interview prior to graduation. To Sign/Exit Counseling for Federal Direct Stafford loans, visit: To access, student must have a FAFSA pin number. Perkins Loan exit interviews must be completed online at Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid (280-3270) if you have any questions about this requirement for Stafford loan recipients. Students with Perkins loans should call 280-7384 or e-mail All telephone numbers use area code 504.
  4. Transcript requests should be made through the Transcript on Demand at or by coming into the Office of the Registrar and filling out a transcript request form. Indicate in the comment column "to hold for degree." Transcript requests with degrees posted will be available beginning August 13, 2014, for students who do not have any pending transfer work or financial holds.
  5. Diplomas for Summer 2014 will be available in the Office of the Registrar beginning Wednesday, August 13, 2014. If you wish to have your diploma mailed to you, fill out the Diploma Mailing Form at - include the exact physical address to      which the diploma should be mailed. There is a $10 mailing fee that must be purchased on WebSTAR after filling out the Diploma Mailing Form.      Instructions are on the Diploma Mailing form page.
  6. Note that Summer graduates may still participate in the Fall Commencement ceremony even if they have already received their diploma.
  7. Information for the Fall Commencement ceremony on Thursday, December 18, will be posted on the Registrar's website in late August. There you will find instructions about the ceremony, as well as useful information about the Grad Fair, purchasing your cap & gown, photographs, announcements and rings.