Graduation & Commencement
What is the difference between Graduation and Commencement?
Graduation refers to the term in which you have officially and successfully completed all of your graduation requirements. You must apply for the term in which you plan to graduate through your Student Center in BroncoDirect. Once grades are posted, your record will be evaluated and if all requirements are met, your degree will be awarded.
View Ready, Set, Graduate! – Understand the Process of Applying for Graduation and Requirements to Participate in Commencement if you are not able to attend the actual workshop (PDF)
The Commencement ceremony is often referred to as “Graduation,” but in reality there is a difference. Commencement is a ceremony and celebration for students who are projected to successfully complete all of their graduation requirements by the end of Spring Quarter or those that completed in prior summer, fall or winter quarters. You will not receive a diploma at the Commencement ceremony. Confirmation of degree completion will not take place until official grades are posted.
Visit the Commencement website for more details on the Commencement ceremonies, Grad Fair, and alumni information.