Graduating Students

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Filing for Graduation

Graduation Cap

Students approaching graduation can find information regarding the graduation activities, and commencement by accessing Crossing the Finish Line.

Students file an application for graduation within the first four weeks of instruction of their last undergraduate semester. The degree application will be available beginning on the first day of instruction through your student portal.

All Liberal Studies students must schedule an appointment with a Liberal Studies advisor to complete a Major Approval in order to be checked for graduation. Students file their degree application first and complete their Major Approval after the second week of instruction.

Major Approval Form for Liberal Studies Graduation

Liberal Studies majors must also complete a major approval form with the assistance of their Liberal Studies advisor. It is not possible to graduate without completing this form. This is done after the second week of instruction in the last semester of enrollment. Students must schedule an appointment to complete their form. The form is not available to students prior to the appointment.

Commencement Ceremony

There are three graduation dates per year - Summer, Fall and Spring. However, there is only one Commencement ceremony every May. Information regarding the ceremony is available in March. Students can purchase their cap and gown in March at the Kennel Bookstore.

Convocation Ceremony for Liberal Studies and Credential Students

The Convocation Ceremony for Liberal Studies and credential graduates is held once a year, the day before the Commencement ceremony in May.

All Liberal Studies and credential students who graduated the preceding summer and fall, and all applicants for spring graduation, will receive an invitation during the spring semester to participate in this event. Students receiving their bachelors degrees wear cap and gown. Credential graduates wear business casual attire.

All questions regarding this event are to be directed to the Education Student Services Center in ED 100, (559) 278-0300.

Credential Program Admission Pre and Post BA Degree

Students may choose to pursue a Multiple Subject (elementary teaching) or Education Specialist (special eduction teaching) credential prior to or after earning a bachelors degree. To determine which path to select, it important to receive advising in the Kremen School of Education and Human Development, Education Building, room 100.

All Liberal Studies advisors provide information regarding various ways to complete the Multiple Subject and Education Specialist credential programs. In addition, assistance is provided to explain the structure of the programs, filing deadlines, and admission requirements including needed examinations and prerequisites.