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Graduation Requirements

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  • Undergraduate Students

    Graduation Application

    • Graduation applications must be filed with the dean of your college.
    • Complete the Application for Graduation form.
    • Participating in a commencement ceremony does not certify graduation or confirm a degree. Contact the dean of your college to confirm graduation requirements have been met.

    Eligibility

    To be eligible to receive a diploma, each candidate must meet in full the following applications:

    • Library 325-942-2222 – All books must be returned and all fines must be paid.
    • Students Accounts/Bursar’s Office 325-942-2008 – All financial obligations must be met to the satisfaction of the Student Accounts/Bursar’s Office (Administration Building, Room 100).
    • University Police 325-942-2071 – All parking tickets incurred by the candidate must be paid.
    • Student Financial Aid 325-942-2246 – All candidates who hold a Hinson-Hazelwood, NDSL, College Access Loan, Stafford Unsubsidized Student Loan, nursing or short-term loan must confer with the director of Student Financial Aid (Hardeman Building, Room 101).
    • University Locksmith 325-942-2355 – All candidates who were employed by the university must have returned all keys. Please be sure to turn in your key(s) to the university locksmith (not to someone in the department where you were employed, as this will not clear you with the locksmith). If you will still be employed after graduation, your department head needs to notify the locksmith that you have permission to retain your key(s). It is your responsibility to take care of this matter. 
    • OneCard Office 325-942-2331 – All obligations to the OneCard Office must be paid. If you have a replacement card for which you still owe money, please contact the OneCard Office.
    • Student Life Office 325-942-2191 – All cheerleading and Angelette uniforms must be returned.

    Unofficial List of Candidates

    • It is the responsibility of each candidate to check the unofficial list of candidates, which will be posted by 2 p.m. on Thursday of finals week. It will be posted outside the Registrar’s Office, Room 200 of the Hardeman Student Services Center, and outside each of the college deans’ offices.
    • A candidate whose name does not appear on the unofficial list of candidates will not receive a diploma or have a degree conferred. In order to prevent embarrassment, a candidate who is unable to check the unofficial list should have a friend do so.

    Pronunciation of Name

    Every effort is made to pronounce graduates’ names as they want them pronounced. If your name is difficult to pronounce or unusual, please contact the Registrar’s Office and give the proper pronunciation.

    Absence Policy

    Each candidate for a degree is expected to participate in the commencement ceremony. However, if a candidate is unable to participate, written notification must be sent to the Registrar’s Office.

    Tuition Rebate

    • Some students will qualify for an Undergraduate Tuition Rebate.
    • To see whether you qualify, please view the Undergraduate Tuition Rebate rules.
    • Students must apply for the tuition rebate prior to graduation, preferably within their final semester. Rebates are not given to students who have already received their first baccalaureate degree.
    • If a student has any outstanding student loans, the institution will apply the amount of the rebate to the loans as directed by the student. If the student fails to provide timely instructions on the application of the rebate, the institution shall apply the amount of the rebate to retire the loans with the highest interest rates first.
    • Request for Tuition Rebate form
    • Once the request form is completed, it must be given to the Registrar’s Office for processing. It can be mailed, faxed or dropped off. Once it is determined whether the student qualifies for a tuition rebate, the Registrar’s Office will send a letter informing the student of its decision.
  • Graduate Students

    Graduation Application

    • Graduation applications must be filed with the dean of the College of Graduate Studies.
    • Application for Graduation
    • Participating in a commencement ceremony does not certify graduation or confirm a degree. Contact the dean of the College of Graduate Studies to confirm graduation requirements have been met.

    Eligibility

    To be eligible to receive a diploma, each candidate must meet in full the following applications:

    • Library 325-942-2222 – All books must be returned and all fines must be paid.
    • Students Accounts/Bursar’s Office 325-942-2008 – All financial obligations must be met to the satisfaction of the Student Accounts/Bursar’s Office (Administration Building, Room 100).
    • University Police 325-942-2071 – All parking tickets incurred by the candidate must be paid.
    • Student Financial Aid 325-942-2246 – All candidates who hold a Hinson-Hazelwood, NDSL, College Access Loan, Stafford Unsubsidized Student Loan, nursing or short-term loan must confer with the director of Student Financial Aid (Hardeman Building, Room 101).
    • University Locksmith 325-942-2355 – All candidates who were employed by the university must have returned all keys. Please be sure to turn in your key(s) to the university locksmith (not to someone in the department where you were employed, as this will not clear you with the locksmith). If you will still be employed after graduation, your department head needs to notify the locksmith that you have permission to retain your key(s). It is your responsibility to take care of this matter. 
    • One Card Office 325-942-2331 – All obligations to the One Card Office must be paid. If you have a replacement card for which you still owe money, please contact the One Card Office.
    • Student Life Office 325-942-2191 – All cheerleading and Angelette uniforms must be returned.

    Unofficial List of Candidates

    • It is the responsibility of each candidate to check the unofficial list of candidates, which will be posted by 2 p.m. on Thursday of finals week.  It will be posted outside the Registrar’s Office, Room 200 of Hardeman Student Services Center, and outside each of the college deans’ offices.
    • A candidate whose name does not appear on the unofficial list of candidates will not receive a diploma or have a degree conferred. In order to prevent embarrassment, a candidate who is unable to check the unofficial list should have a friend do so.

    Pronunciation of Name

    Every effort is made to pronounce graduates’ names as they want them pronounced. If your name is difficult to pronounce or unusual, please contact the Registrar’s Office and give the proper pronunciation.

    Absence Policy

    Each candidate for a degree is expected to participate in the commencement ceremony. However, if a candidate is unable to participate, written notification must be sent to the Registrar’s Office.

Program and hometown Newspaper release

Name for Program

Your name will appear in the program exactly as you indicated on your Application for Graduation. Please contact the dean of the College of Graduate Studies to verify the correct name.

Hometown Newspaper Notification

A news release will be sent to the city or town that you designate on your Application for Graduation. If you do not specify a city or town for the news release, a release will be sent to the newspaper of the city or town listed in the Permanent Address on your official records in the Registrar’s Office.

Directory Restrictions

If you have requested a directory restriction on your student records, please be aware that we will not be able to list your name in the commencement program, nor will we be able to notify your hometown newspaper. Neither will we be allowed to release your address to the photographer to send proofs of your graduation picture. Should you choose to lift this restriction, you must immediately contact the Registrar’s Office at 325-942-2043. Even if you do not have directory restrictions, if you do not want your name to appear in the program, newspaper, etc., please come by the Registrar’s Office in Room 200 of the Hardeman Student Services Center.