- Graduate Assistantships
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- 2022 Graduate Expo
|Spring 2023||Wednesday, March 22, 2023|
|Summer 2023||Wednesday, June 28, 2023|
|Fall 2023||Tuesday, November 7, 2023|
Requesting to graduate by exceptionality allows 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.
Participation in a commencement ceremony does not signify completion of a degree. No student is 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:
FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS ONLY: To apply for exceptionality, please submit this form.
If you are an undergraduate student please click here.
Students with questions can e-mail Lana Beasley, call her at 217-581-2220 or visit The Graduate School office at 1201 Blair Hall.
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 submit this form.