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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

  • Spring 2024 - March 27, 2024
  • Summer 2024 - June 26, 2024
  • Fall 2024 - November 5, 2024
  • Spring 2025 - March 26, 2025
  • Summer 2025 - June 25, 2025

Exceptionality allows students to walk at commencement early in certain circumstances. Students can now apply online by selecting the appropriate college link:

College of Education -
College of Health and Human Services -
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences -
Lumpkin College of Business and Technology -
Graduate School -

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.

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:

  • Spring 2024 - May 31, 2024
  • Summer 2024 - August 16, 2024
  • Fall 2024 - January 10, 2025
  • Spring 2025 - May 30, 2025
  • Summer 2025 - August 15, 2025

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.


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Office of the Registrar

600 Lincoln Avenue
1220 Old Main Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-3511
(217) 581-3831

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