Graduation and Commencement

Graduation does not occur until the completion of your degree requirements is certified by your college’s certification officer.  Only after that happens will the Office of the Registrar post your degree completion to your transcript or begin the process of creating your diploma.  Commencement is the ceremony held at the end of the spring and fall term prior to the issuance of final grades for that semester.  Participation in commencement does not guarantee that you will graduate.

Apply for Graduation

Students must apply for graduation through PAWS.   The application link is found under your Student tab in PAWS. You will select the term of your graduation, provide the address for your diploma and tell us exactly how you would like your name to appear.  There will be a one-time charge of $40 per degree.

Reapplication for Graduation

Students may reapply for graduation through PAWS. No additional fee is charged for reapplication.  Reapplication should be done if you need to change your graduation term, the degree or major you are pursuing or want to alter the way your name appears or the address your diploma will be sent.  Don’t reapply just because you want an updated degree checklist, contact your certifying dean's office for that.  Reapplying will not generate another checklist.

Deadlines for Applying and Reapplying for Graduation and
Deadlines for Applying for Participation in Commencement By Exceptionality

  • Fall 2017 - November 7, 2017
  • Spring 2018 - March 21, 2018
  • Summer 2018 - June 27, 2018

Exceptionality allows students to walk at commencement early in certain circumstances.  See form here http://castle.eiu.edu/~acaffair/Forms/CommencementByExceptionality.pdf

Graduation Honors

Eligible students who have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.90 to 4.00 earn summa cum laude honors; those with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.80 through 3.89 earn magna cum laude honors; and those with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.65 through 3.79 earn cum laude honors. Honors are calculated after final grades are in and the degree is certified, but students who otherwise qualify* and who have GPAs that qualify for degrees with distinction at the start of their final semester may wear an appropriate medal as part of their academic attire at commencement and their names will appear in the commencement program as being awarded Degrees with Distinction. Honors appear on your diploma and transcript.

Graduation Honors for Transfer Students

*56 EIU hours are required to be eligible for a degree with distinction. Transfer students who will not earn 56 semester hours from EIU until their final semester who would like the opportunity to receive a medal to wear at commencement prior to the final calculation of their GPA, may request that their instructors submit their grades at midterm so that they may be considered for that distinction. All midterm grades must be submitted by the deadline established by the Office of the Registrar. No grades submitted after this deadline will be considered in computations for tentative honors.

Completion of Degree Requirements

Participation in the commencement ceremony does not mean you have completed degree requirements and graduated. Your graduation is not official until your certifying dean's office has sent notification of completion of all degree requirements to the Registrar's Office and the degree has been posted to your record.  If you are sending a transcript to finish your degree please notice this deadline. Students must have documentary evidence of completion of degree requirements (such as transcripts, EWP completions or completed grade changes) received by the Office of the Registrar by the following Academic Calendar deadlines:

  • Fall 2017 - January 5, 2018
  • Spring 2018 - May 31, 2018
  • Summer 2018 - August 17, 2018

If a student does not complete graduation requirements at the end of the grading period, a reapplication for graduation must be submitted through PAWS. No additional fees are charged for reapplying.