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Graduation Certification

Certification of graduation is done through the Dean's office

Betsy Miller

Applying for Graduation

Deadlines for applying for graduation:

  • Fall 2014: November 4, 2014
  • Spring 2015: March 25, 2015
  • Summer 2015: July 8, 2015
  • Fall 2015: November 3, 2015

Currently all applications for graduation must be submitted through the PAWS system. Please contact Betsy Miller in 2220 Doudna, bemiller@eiu.edu or (217) 581-7370 with questions.



Degree Audit Review, indicating your progress toward completion of the degree requirements, will be mailed to you once you apply. Contact the Office of the Registrar to verify that your address on file with the University is correct.

Commencement Information (including cap and gown ordering) is available only at the Commencement website. Please note, there is no commencement ceremony for Summer graduation. Students completing requirements during the summer term are automatically eligible to participate in the fall ceremony.

Diploma Covers are handed out at commencement ceremonies. Diplomas will be mailed to the address you enter in the application (this can take up to three months).



Important: Ideally, you should submit an application three semesters prior to graduation. Do not wait until the last minute!

Participation in Commencement Ceremonies by Exception



Requesting exceptionality allows students to participate in a commencement ceremony prior to the term that degree requirements will actually be completed. Commencement ceremonies are only offered at the conclusion of the fall and spring terms, so students who will complete their requirements over the summer or who have only student teaching, internship, or practicum to complete may be granted permission to participate in the commencement ceremony preceding their final term.

Participation in a commencement ceremony does not signify completion of a degree. No student will be certified for graduation and awarded a degree and diploma until the appropriate certifying dean has provided the Office of the Registrar with official verification of the completion of all degree requirements.


The deadlines to apply for participating in commencement by exceptionality are the first Tuesday in November for the fall semester and the Wednesday after Spring Break for the spring semester. To apply for exceptionality, complete the .pdf form located at the Academic Affairs website and deliver it to the Dean’s office, College of Arts and Humanities, 2220 Doudna Fine Arts Center.