Commencement is a ceremony celebrating the academic achievements of Maryville students and is not a certification of graduation. Students must satisfy all degree requirements before officially graduating and receiving a diploma.
Students are eligible to participate in the May commencement ceremony if they graduated in August or December of the previous calendar year or if they will be finishing their degree requirements in the Spring term of the current calendar year and did not participate in the previous commencement ceremony (unless a different degree was awarded at that time). Some exceptions do apply and are described below.
Many undergraduate programs allow students with a maximum of 2 courses remaining to degree completion and who will be completing their degree requirements in the Summer 2016 term to participate in the current commencement ceremony. In addition to completing an application for graduation, students meeting these guidelines who wish to participate in the commencement ceremony must also complete a Request for Commencement Participation form. This form is also available in the Student Service Center and must be approved by the student’s adviser and dean.
Some programs do not allow participation in commencement prior to fully completing all degree requirements. Both undergraduate and graduate students should contact their adviser concerning the specific program’s policy.
To participate in the May commencement ceremony, students must:
- Complete an application for graduation and indicate on the application that they intend to participate in the May commencement ceremony.
- If eligible to participate and degree requirements will not be completed at the conclusion of the Spring term, the student must submit a Request for Commencement Participation form signed by the student’s adviser and dean. The Request must be approved, and students will receive written notification of the status.
- Pick up academic attire (cap, gown and hood, if applicable) by May 6, 2016.