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Graduation Participation Guidelines

  • Degrees are awarded at UTC at the end of the fall, spring, and summer semesters.  Students must apply for graduation to be considered a candidate for the degree. Graduation ceremonies are held at the end of the fall and spring semesters.  Information about graduation is available on the Records Office website here Graduation Information.
  • Students completing their final requirements during the summer semester may participate in the spring ceremony as a “walker” or the fall ceremony as a “graduate.”  The degree and diploma are awarded only after all requirements for the degree are fulfilled.  Walking early does not imply that degree requirements have been met or that the student is actually graduating during that ceremony.
  • Graduation candidates who wish to participate in an early graduation ceremony must apply for the appropriate graduation semester by the deadline published on the academic calendar located at Calendars and submit an email to the Registrar Linda-Orth@utc.edu requesting to walk early.  The Registrar will review requests and notify students by email of the decision.  Requests for August graduation candidates to “walk” in the May Graduation will be reviewed immediately after the last day to drop classes for the spring semester.  The last day to drop classes for spring can be found on the academic calendar.
  • Names of August graduation candidates will be published in the May commencement program if the candidate has applied for graduation by the last day to drop for the Spring Semester.  The last day to drop is published on the academic calendar each semester Calendars
  • Names of all August graduates will be published in the December Commencement program.
  • Only students receiving degrees will be recognized for Latin Honors.  All degree requirements must be fulfilled to be recognized for Latin Honors.
  • Participation Guidelines for Undergraduate Students
    • Undergraduate students applying for December 2015 graduation, submit the Application for Graduation at this link: Graduation Application
    • Undergraduate students applying for graduation beginning with May 2016 graduation must apply online. The Application for Graduation is located in MyMocsNet on the Academics Tab.
      • Applications must be submitted online by the following dates:
        • Spring Graduation     October 15th
        • Summer Awarding    March 15th
        • Fall Graduation          June 15th
      • After the deadline date, late applications may be submitted in paper form to the Records Office with a $50 late fee. No late applications will be accepted after the following dates:
        • Spring Graduation     April 1st
        • Summer Awarding     July 5th
        • Fall Graduation          November 1st
    • Undergraduate students requesting to walk early will be considered based upon the following conditions:
      • Student has submitted an Application for Graduation for the semester the student intends to graduate
      • Student has 12 or fewer credit hours to complete
      • Student is registered for the remaining hours
      • Student has met all minimum GPA requirements (Major, UTC, Institutional)
  • Participation Guidelines for Graduate Students
    • Graduate students (students in graduate level programs) submit the Graduate Candidacy/Graduation Application Form available online at Candidacy and Graduation Application
    • Graduate students requesting to walk early will be considered based upon the following conditions:
      • Has submitted an Graduate Candidacy/Graduation Application Form
      • Student is participating in a non-thesis or non-dissertation program OR
      • Students participating in a thesis or dissertation must have their thesis or dissertation defended and approved
      • Student must be within 6 hours of completion
      • Student is registered for the remaining hours
      • Student must meet the minimum required GPA

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