Once graduate students have applied to graduate, their names will be sent to the Office of the Registrar for ordering of the diplomas, and also to the Office of Special Events for graduation ceremony planning. The Office of Special Events will, in turn, send out a formal announcement on behalf of the graduate student. No invitation or ticket will be required to attend the university ceremony. Note: Receipt of these invitations to the graduation ceremony does not mean the student has been approved for graduation. Invitations are sent out well before the final audit of each student's academic record has been completed.
The submission of the graduation application will cause a summary of the academic record of each applicant to be created. That academic summary will be sent to the department for auditing. Once the department has completed the audit, it will be sent to the Graduate School, where the audit will be reviewed.
The results of the audit will be one of three determinations:
- the student is fully eligible to graduate,
- the student is definitely not eligible to graduate, or
- the student may be eligible pending completion of remaining requirements. These pending requirements are typically course work and/or defense and submission of the thesis or dissertation.