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Graduation FAQs    
Below Are Some Common Graduation FAQs
Q.  Do I need to apply to graduate?
A.  Yes. To officially graduate, students must 1. submit a graduation application online and 2. pay graduation fees. (See also Steps to Officially Graduate.)
Q.  What are graduation fees?
A.  A non-refundable $50 application fee is required of all graduation applicants. If you want to attend the ceremony there’s an additional $20 cap and gown fee.

Q.  How do I pay?
A.  The graduation fees payment page appears after you complete and submit your Application for Graduation. (Note that you don't need to have a PayPal account in order to pay online with credit card.) If you prefer to pay cash or check, please see your Graduation Director.
Q.  Who is my Graduation Director?
A.  For M.S. in Computer Science and Accounting MBA students, your Graduation Director is Cheryl Shadburne:
For all other graduate or undergraduate students, your Graduation Director is Mary King:
But first, please review these FAQs and visit to see if your questions are already answered online.

Q.  How do I get a graduation application?
A.  Our Graduation Application is available online at Application for Graduation

Q. Is there a deadline?
A. Yes. April 1st is the deadline for Spring graduation application and fees.
November 1st is the deadline for Fall graduation application and fees.
Q.  I'm not sure I'll qualify to graduate. Should I apply now anyway?
A.  Yes. Apply even if you’re not sure you’ll be able to graduate. If for some reason you don't qualify, your application and fees will transfer to the next graduation date.
Q.  I applied for graduation once before and paid the fee. Do I need to apply and pay again?
A.  No. Your graduation application and fee will automatically transfer to the next graduation timeline. But do check with your graduation director to make sure you are on the list and everything's in order for you to graduate.
Q.  I plan to attend the ceremony. Is there a rehearsal?
A.  Yes. All graduating students are required to attend the rehearsal the day before the ceremony. For more information, see the Calendar of Graduation Events.

Q.  Is there a graduation ceremony in December?
A.  No, there’s only one ceremony per year, in Spring.
Q.  How can I find out if I qualify for honors: cum laude, or above? Who gets chosen, and how?
A.  Honors are give to approximately the top 10% of the graduating class, based on GPA, DC attendance, number of MUM credits earned and other factors, as determined by the Academic Standards Committee. You will be notified before graduation if you qualify.

Q.  I'd like to invite my family and friends to attend the ceremony.  Do you have invitations?
A.  We no longer print formal invitations.
Q.  To obtain a visa, my family need an official letter inviting them to my graduation. Otherwise they cannot enter the United States. Can you help?
A.  Yes. We can create an official graduation invitation letter for your family. Please email their names and contact information to your graduation director. (See above question: Who is My Graduation Director?)
Q.  When do I get my diploma?
A.  If you graduate in December, you should receive your diploma within four weeks after the graduation date. If you graduate in May and participate in the graduation ceremony (Commencement), you will receive your diploma at Commencement. If not, your diploma will be shipped to you.

For more information about steps to graduate, and our special graduation events, please visit

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