Applying for Graduation

Deadline to apply for Spring/Summer 2019 is November 15, 2018

Deadline to apply for Fall 2019 is May 1, 2019



Application Process

Students are required to complete a degree audit with their advisor or advising coordinator before applying for graduation. Students should contact the Advising Coordinator in their college for more information on completing the audit. 

Students who meet the following criteria can complete the application to graduate via My UAFS(Select Banner Self-Service-Student Records):(link will open in new tab)

  • Associate degree – 35 completed hours and a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Bachelor degree – 85 completed hours and a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA (some degrees with a higher required GPA have a higher minimum GPA)
  • Master’s degree – 18 completed hours and a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA

Students in the following categories will need to complete a paper application with their advisor:

  • Students with a double major or dual degree
  • Students who wish to graduate with an associate degree/certificate they have not declared (i.e. associate of arts or associate of general studies).

Instructions for completing the online graduation application. PDF document (PDF will open in new tab)

A graduation application fee will be charged to the student's account upon submission of the graduation application. This fee is charged to all students who apply to graduate with a bachelor degree, associate degree, or technical certificate, 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. 

Contact the Records Office at 479-788-7230 or with any questions.


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).  



Application Status

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.