Applying for Graduation
Deadline to apply for Fall 2016 and Spring/Summer 2017 has passed. Students should contact their advisor for late application.
Deadline to apply for Fall 2017 is May 1, 2017.
Deadline to apply for Spring 2018 is November 1, 2017.
The application process varies depending on the degree being sought.
- Students seeking a bachelor's degree must meet with their faculty advisor to complete the Graduation Application and Degree Audit for Bachelor's Degree.
- Students seeking the associate of arts degree or associate of general studies must meet with their advisor to complete the Graduation Application and Degree Audit for Associate Degree, Technical Certificate, and Certificate of Proficiency.
- Students seeking the associate of applied science degree, technical certificate or certificate of proficiency or certificate must meet with an advisor, instructor, or dean to complete the Graduation Application and Degree Audit for Associate Degree, Technical Certificate, and Certificate of Proficiency.
The application is filed with the Records Office in partial fulfillment of graduation requirements. A student will be awarded a degree upon completion of program requirements.
A $40 graduation application fee will be charged to the student's account after the application is reviewed by the Records Office. It is charged to all students who apply to graduate with bachelor or associate degrees or technical certificates, regardless of participation in the commencement ceremony. The fee is good for one calendar year. The graduation application fee does not cover the cost of cap, gown and honor stole/cord (if applicable).
A student who fails to complete the degree during the intended semester has one calendar year to complete the degree or they must reapply for graduation. Completion of the requirements for graduation will be noted on transcripts at the end of the semester the requirements are met.
Commencement ceremonies are held twice per year at the conclusion of the spring and fall semesters.
If you have questions about graduation, call the Records Office at 479-788-7232.
Graduation with Academic Honors
The bachelor’s degree with honors will be conferred upon graduates who meet the criteria for honors recognition. All students meeting numerical criteria described below are eligible for consideration for cum laude based on the University’s cumulative GPA for all college-level work (student success courses and courses for which academic clemency has been granted are excluded). Graduation candidacy standings will be based on the overall college-level GPA to include University work and all transfer work, excluding those for the semester preceding graduation.
Tentative honors recognition will be included in the commencement ceremony program. The official determination will be made upon evaluation of results including the final semester grades. University honors will be identified on the official transcript and diploma.
Graduation with University honors will be awarded in one of the following categories:
summa cum laude GPA 3.9-4.00
magna cum laude GPA 3.8-3.89
cum laude GPA 3.6 -3.79
This recognition requires a minimum of 45 credit hours in residence, including a minimum of 30 hours of the last 36 hours of credit and at least half of the credit hours in the major field in residency. These honors are awarded only for the first baccalaureate degree awarded. Students who graduate from another college or university with a bachelor’s degree and pursue a second undergraduate degree at UAFS are not eligible for honors. No student subject to disciplinary sanctions for academic misconduct or disciplinary suspension at the University will be graduated with honors (cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude).
After a Graduation Application is completed, the application is forwarded to the Records Office. To inquire about the status of any application for graduation, students may contact the Records Office at (479) 788-7405 or (479) 788-7232.
Graduation caps and gowns are required for participation in the ceremony and must be purchased through the Lions Bookstore. These charges are in addition to the graduation application fee.
Announcements and Class Rings
Announcements and class rings can be purchased in the Lions Bookstore.