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|Spring 2024||Wednesday, March 27, 2024|
|Summer 2023||Wednesday, June 28, 2023|
|Fall 2023||Tuesday, November 7, 2023|
GRADUATE STUDENTS, may request to graduate by exceptionality. This exception allows graduate students to participate in a commencement ceremony prior to the term in which degree requirements are actually completed.
Commencement ceremonies are only offered at the conclusion of the Fall and Spring terms. Because of this, graduate students completing their graduate degree requirements over the summer may be granted permission to participate in the commencement ceremony preceding their final term. The same exception can apply to graduate students with only thesis, internship or practicum left to complete.
The deadlines to apply for participating in commencement by exceptionality are:
FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS ONLY: To apply for exceptionality, please fill out the form at this link: Exceptionality Form.
If you are an undergraduate student, please go to the Undergraduate Students applying for exceptionality to walk in Commencement page for more information
Graduate students with questions regarding Commencement by Exceptionality should contact Lana Beasley, Graduate School Program Coordinator and Certification Officer, via email (email@example.com) or phone 217-581-7490.
If a student has completed all requirements for a graduate degree prior to the end of a semester, he/she may request early certification from the certifying dean of The Graduate School.
Early certification certifies that the student has completed all requirements for a degree and early certification can be posted on transcripts. In addition, a letter from the Graduate School office can be sent to a prospective employer, school district or college/university verifying that all degree requirements were met on a specific date.
The degree is not formally posted until the end of the term. Students wishing to request early certification should following this link: Early Certification Form.