Prior to registering for classes, if your earned hours indicate that you are within a year of completing degree requirements, you will need to answer a question about when you plan to graduate. The Graduation Intent question asks you to indicate whether you intend to complete the requirements of your program of study in the coming year: the upcoming spring semester, the summer semester, or fall semester. If you indicate that you plan to finish in the semester/term for which you are registering, you will receive a reminder email with a link to the online graduation application. The reminder email to apply for graduation is sent as a courtesy. Students are expected to apply for graduation by the deadline stated in the academic calendar. Answering the question indicating intent to graduate is not a substitute for submitting an application. Students that register for their final semester on paper should indicate intent on their paper form as well.
Graduation Application Process
Submission of a graduation application is a requirement for graduation. Completion of the graduation application also prompts the office of the registrar to conduct a graduation audit. Graduation applications are typically due within a week of the start of your final term but students should check the academic calendar for official deadlines. Graduate students have the ability to submit graduation applications as soon as advance registration begins for their final semester. Following submission of your graduation application and registration for your final semester, our office will conduct a graduation audit and you will be notified (via Dominican email) if there are any deficiencies that impede your ability to graduate. If you are eligible to graduate, based on earned and currently enrolled coursework, a "Prospective Graduate" hold will be placed on your account and you can assume that you are on track to confer your degree.
Graduation Audit Information
Your academic record is thoroughly examined in the Office of the Registrar to determine if you will have completed all courses required for your degree by the end of your final term (based on earned and currently enrolled coursework). Your record will be reviewed to identify anything that may be missing from your degree or total credit hour requirement. Based on the results of your graduation audit, one of the following holds will be placed on your account; see below. Graduation audits are typically complete by the add/drop deadline of your final semester (for students who apply by the deadline). This allows students time to make schedule changes within the add/drop period if any deficiencies are found. Students are encouraged to submit graduation applications early in the period between advance registration and the graduation application deadline to ensure their audit will be complete before add/drop. After your record has been audited and a hold has been placed on your account, you will no longer be able to add or drop courses online. Any schedule changes must be completed using a paper add/drop/withdrawal form.