Information Forms

Graduation

2021 Ceremony:

June 25, 2021

In order to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff, the university is not currently hosting large, in-person events, and will move to a virtual ceremony to celebrate you and all that you have achieved.

Please mark June 25, 2021 in your calendars as your graduation ceremony date. Everyone is invited to view the virtual ceremony. Registration is not required, and you don’t need to make any other arrangements. We will provide details on this page, as they become available.

Apparel Rentals

For the safety of staff and those renting the apparel, no apparel rentals will be done through the university at this time. You may contact our apparel supplier Gaspard directly should you wish to rent apparel, but it is not required for the virtual ceremony.

2020 Ceremony recap

First: apply for graduation

Bear Tracks is open for Continuing Education students to apply for graduation from November 1st to February 1st.

Even if you do not plan to attend the ceremony, you must apply for graduation. Failure to do so prior to the February 1st deadline may delay your parchment until the following year.

You must be admitted to your program in order to graduate. General studies students do not qualify for graduation. Please submit your application for program admission well in advance of February 1st to allow adequate time for processing.

A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 is required to obtain the certificate/citation. Certificate program students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or more will graduate “With Distinction.”

Apply on Bear Tracks

Then: prepare for graduation

2021 Ceremony: June 25, 2021.

Your name will be printed on your official parchment and the graduation ceremony program exactly as it appears in the Parchment Name field in Bear Tracks > Academics > My Academics > Graduation page > Graduation Status panel.

Please note that only full names can be printed on your parchment; initials are not allowed.

Name changes require completion of a Change of Name form. Please make a note on your form that it is “For Convocation Purposes.”

Name changes made less than one month prior to the ceremony date may not be reflected on the ceremony program due to printing deadlines.

If not attending the ceremony, a current and complete address is required so we can mail your parchment. Addresses updated less than a week before the ceremony date may result in significant delays in receiving your parchment.

Parchments and other official documentation will not be released to students who have outstanding accounts with the University. Therefore, you are urged to clear all outstanding accounts at least two weeks prior to graduation. Use Bear Tracks to check your account.

Use Bear Tracks to check the status of your graduation application. In May, your status will change from Applied to either Expected or Denied.

Approximately one week prior to the ceremony, students who are expected to graduate will see a status update to Awarded.

Please let us know if you are attending the ceremony by RSVP’ing in Bear Tracks (Academics > My Academics > Graduation > Graduation Status).

If your plans change, you may change your selection up until three days prior to the ceremony date. RSVP opens on November 1.