Graduation Procedures

In order to be considered for graduation, students must submit an Intent to Graduate Form by the appropriate deadline for the term in which the student plans to graduate. Graduation fees must be submitted with the Intent to Graduate form. Forms and fee information are available at

CCU awards diplomas three times a year: August, December and May. There is no commencement service in August or December. August and December graduates are encouraged to participate in the May ceremonies. May graduates are expected to participate unless a prior request to graduate in absentia has been granted. (Students graduating in absentia are not exempt from paying the graduation fee.)

August candidates should file for graduation by the preceding April.
December candidates should file by the preceding May.
May candidates should file by the preceding September.

Forms will be accepted for a time after the initial deadline, but graduation fees will be doubled. No forms will be accepted after June 1 for August graduation, October 1 for December graduation and February 1 for May graduation. Students who apply after the initial deadline will not be eligible for a refund of fees.

All course work must be completed before a student can participate in graduation ceremonies or receive a degree. All directed studies courses must be completed no later than August 1 (August graduation), November 1 (December graduation) or April 1 (May graduation).

If a grade extension is granted for the semester in which a student planned to graduate, that student will no longer be a candidate for graduation. There will be no refund of fees and the student must reapply for graduation.

Failure to graduate due to incomplete degree requirements or for missing a deadline for completing degree requirements will not entitle the student to a refund of fees.

Students wishing to withdraw their Intent to Graduate must contact the Registrar’s Office in writing. Students who applied before the initial deadline will be eligible for a complete refund of fees if the withdrawal is received by the following deadlines:
• June 1 for August candidates
• October 1 for December candidates
• February 1 for May candidates
Students who applied after the initial deadline and paid the double fee will not be eligible for a refund of fees should their intent be withdrawn.

A student will be permitted to graduate under the requirements published in the catalog in effect at the time of initial enrollment, if that enrollment has been continuous. If a student does not enroll for three consecutive semesters or longer, the current catalog requirements will be in effect upon the student’s return. Students returning from an “Approved Leave of Absence” may be allowed to graduate under catalog requirements in effect when the leave of absence was granted.

The appropriate Field Chair and Academic Dean have authority to waive requirements or provide substitute course work for program requirements that may not be offered. Departmental requirements for graduation are those in effect at the time the student certifies the major to be pursued. A degree candidate cannot mix requirements from different catalogs. One must complete a single set of requirements.