Early Ceremony Participation (Walking Early)
Students wanting to walk in a commencement ceremony before their actual graduation date must contact their College Dean's Office and receive permission.
Although students who participate in an early ceremony will cross the stage and have their name announced, they will not have their name in the commencement program. In addition, the student is responsible for understanding the attire and expectations of a commencement ceremony. All commencement ceremony information is available on the commencement page.
*Important - The approval to participate in an early ceremony does not fill the requirement of application to graduate. All students must apply for graduation and indicate the term in which all degree requirements (including terms of internship) are finished. The application to graduate indicates completion of degree requirements; early ceremony participation is usually a preceding term with college dean approval and notification to the Commencement Coordinator. Because there is a fee assessed with each application to graduate; do not apply for graduation with the term equal to early participation. A refund on application submitted for the wrong term of completion will not be granted. Students must apply for graduation for the term that all degree requirements are finished.