Graduation & Commencement

‌Application for Graduation

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A student who has completed all graduation requirements in fewer than four years has the choice of graduating early or deferring graduation in order to graduate with their class.  A student who completes all graduation requirements in four years or more must graduate at that time.  The student must file an online application for the degree through the Student Information System by Oct. 1 for January graduation, by Feb. 1 for May graduation, and by June 1 for August graduation.

A student must discharge all financial obligations to Case Western Reserve University to receive a diploma and for the Registrar's Office to release final transcripts.

Graduation Check

Students must ensure that their Academic Requirements Report accurately reflects their progress toward their degrees. All requested corrections and exceptions, including changes or additions of majors or minors, must be submitted to the Undergraduate Advising Support Office, at least one semester prior to graduation.  The Academic Requirements Report is accessible online through the Student Information System (SIS).

Participation in Commencement

Students are eligible to participate in May commencement activities if they have completed all degree requirements during that spring semester or the immediately preceding fall semester or summer session, or if they have an appropriate plan to complete their degree requirements in the upcoming summer session or fall semester.  A student may participate in Commencement only once as a bachelor’s degree candidate, though exceptions are sometimes made for students receiving a second bachelor’s degree at least one year after the first.

Honors and Awards

Information about Honors and Awards can be found in the General Bulletin.