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Are you an undergraduate getting ready to graduate? Follow the steps for a stress-free graduation and commencement.
Step 1: When to Apply to Graduate
Students may graduate any term. We recommend that students apply to graduate two terms in advance of their expected graduation term. The Registrar's deadline to apply for graduation is the 2nd Friday within the term that a student intends to graduate. Want more information? Visit the Registrar's webpage on applying to graduate.
Step 2: How to Apply to Graduate
Students login to MyOSU, click the "Student" tab, under the "My Student Stuff" module, click on "Apply to Graduate," fill in the necessary fields and follow the prompts.
Students receiving more than one degree should contact the Registrar’s Office for assistance with the application process.
Step 3: RSVP for Commencement
Students must RSVP their intention to attend commencement through Online Services. Login, click "Student Records," click on "Commencement Attendance Confirmation," and follow the prompts.
The annual Commencement ceremony happens once a year in June. Undergraduates graduating the prior summer through the upcoming fall term may attend the spring commencement.
Graduates should watch for emails to their ONID account announcing the dates for the Grad Fair, in April, where they can purchase regalia and invitations. Alternatively, students can make purchases online through the OSU Beaver Store.
Step 4: Contact your Academic Advisor
Students need to schedule a degree audit with their academic advisor at least one term prior to the term they plan to graduate. The degree audit ensures a student is meeting all requirements necessary for graduation. Corvallis students should contact Head Advisor, Nancy Allen, and Ecampus students should contact their assigned advisor. Ecampus students who do not know who their advisor is should email email@example.com.
Step 5: Monitor your Progress
Check ONID email regularly for communication from advisors and the Registrar’s Office for any issues that may come up regarding meeting degree requirements. To check for graduation holds, login to MyOSU, select the "Student" tab, and click "View Holds." Students should also monitor their MyDegrees Checklist and Notes for unmet requirements throughout their final term.
If you are unable to meet the degree requirements by the end of the term for which you have applied to graduate, you need to cancel your existing graduation application and submit a new application. You can do this through your MyOSU account.
FW Exit conversation
We want your feedback about your experience as an undergraduate in the department including what you liked and how we can improve. Please complete this brief Exit Survey to record your experience. We will use this information to improve our program. Students may also elect to schedule a time to share their thoughts with Selina Heppell, our Department Head, during their last term. This can be done in person or over the phone.
Transitioning Out of College
The Center for Leadership and Development has added a new page to their website to support students in their post-college transition. The information here is designed to help you better understand this new chapter on your path to success and has valuable information regarding starting a career, managing personal finance, and developing your identity.
These Job and Graduate School Listservs are most appropriate for students who have graduated or are just about to graduate. They have announcements for permanent jobs and graduate school opportunities. A listserv is different than a job board in that it updates you through email. Also, you can reply to people on the list depending on list rules. Some lists are designed to create community and discussion. It is like the undergrad listserv you have been receiving emails from.
Survey of Graduates
The department sends a survey to recent graduates every three years. This helps us evaluate our undergraduate and graduate programs. View our latest Survey of Graduates for reported information.
Post-Graduation Email Addresses
To help us stay in touch with you, please set up either a lifetime email address or connect with the OSU Alumni Association.
• Lifetime Email Address
• OSU Alumni Association
FW Graduation Celebration
We will have a graduation celebration the Friday before Commencement. Watch for an email to your ONID address with details and directions. All department students and family members or friends are invited.
Ecampus Graduation Breakfast
Ecampus hosts a breakfast for Ecampus graduates and guests on Saturday morning prior to Commencement.
Degrees and Transcripts
Transcripts are the official record of a degree. Visit the transcripts webpage or the Office of the Registrar for more information.
It takes one month after the term ends for degrees to be awarded. For specific degree award dates by term, please refer to the Apply to Graduate webpage and look for the calendar. Some employers request verification of degree completion. Learn how to verify your degree.
Prior to degrees being awarded, once final grades appear in your MyDegrees audit, you may request a Statement of Degree.
Spring term diplomas are available during Commencement or the following week. Diplomas for summer, fall, and winter terms are available approximately two weeks after degrees are awarded. For more details about how to get the diploma in person, by mail, and/or who may pick up the diploma on a graduate's behalf, please review the Registrar's webpage about diplomas.
Ecampus students may have their diploma mailed to them by completing the Diploma Mailing Request/Duplicate Diploma Order form and submitting it to the Office of the Registrar along with payment for the mailing fee. The diploma will be mailed to the address provided on the request form.