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The University may choose to host a Commencement ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments of students who have successfully completed all the requirements necessary for their undergraduate degrees.“Walking” is the term used to signify student participation in this event. Walking, however, does not necessarily indicate degree completion or a guarantee thereof. Only when all requirements are completed after a thorough audit will a student’s degree be awarded.
Exceptions for a student’s eligibility to walk can be made on a case-by-case basis. Typically, students with unfinished courses but on track for graduating within the following summer/fall semester, will be allowed to walk in the preceding Commencement ceremony. Students who will complete their courses only in the following spring semester will not be allowed to walk with the preceding cohort.
For any exception to be made, the student must present an application detailing a viable plan for completing their remaining degree requirements within or before the following fall semester. Undergraduate students who have not completed all of their degree requirements, but have met the eligibility criteria noted above, may receive permission to walk at Commencement at the discretion of the Dean of Faculty.