Students must have a graduation application on file in the Division of Graduate Studies in order to graduate. Degrees are not granted automatically.

  • A previously approved “Petition of Advancement to Candidacy” on file in the Division of Graduate Studies office
  • A minimum program grade point average of 3.0
  • Permission from the graduate coordinator/director to apply for graduation
  • For the “Graduate Degree Application” form, approximately the first two weeks of the fall and spring semesters, or the first three weeks of the first summer session; consult the Class Schedule for exact deadlines
  • For the “Graduate Degree Clearance” form, the last day of the semester or final summer term

Graduate coordinators/directors may inform students who are graduating with distinction (3.9 on all coursework listed on the "Petition of Advancement to Candidacy") that this honor is noted on the student’s diploma and official transcript. 

Note: Grade reporting deadlines for the spring semester do not permit notation of distinction in the Commencement Program for spring candidates.

Students needing written confirmation of their degree prior to the posting of the degree may request a letter of certification from the Division of Graduate Studies. A small fee is required.  All courses and requirements must be complete before the letter may be issued.

Coordinators may receive requests from students needing verification that their degrees have been posted. Proof of degree granted is available as follows:

Transcripts are available immediately upon clearance of the degree by the degree specialist. However, transcripts showing the degree posted are not automatically sent to the student upon graduation. Coordinators/directors should refer students to the Public Contact Window in Joyal Administration Building, or to the Transcript Office website to order a transcript. A $4 fee applies for the first transcript requested.

If you need information on the expected mailing date of your diploma, please contact the Degree Advising Office at 559.278.4076.

Hooding for master's and doctoral students is now decentralized.  A more personalized ceremony for master’s graduates is planned to take place at the college/school or department convocation providing the opportunity for thesis and project chairs to hood the graduate.  Doctoral graduates will be hooded at commencement ceremonies on Saturday morning emphasizing the importance of their accomplishments before a larger audience.  Doctoral students will also be hooded by their respective dissertation chairs.