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Deadline Dates

Review the deadlines below to ensure you are on track with your graduation application and informed about your commencement ceremony.

Graduation and Commencement Deadlines

Fall 2017
Event Date
Graduation application available online for Columbia campus students who wish to graduate in Fall 2017 Aug. 16, Wednesday - Sept. 30, Saturday
Graduation application deadline for Columbia campus students who wish to graduate in Fall 2017; online application available in Self Service Carolina under Apply to Graduate Extended to Oct. 6, Friday

Late Walk request deadline for Columbia campus students; complete the Request to Participate in Commencement Early/Late Form

Note: Students graduating in Summer may apply to walk late in Fall. Students graduating in Fall must walk in the Fall ceremony.

Extended to Oct. 6, Friday
Degree candidacy approval deadline for Columbia campus colleges October 30, Monday
Official Name Change Deadline for degree candidates who wish to have the Name Change reflected in the commencement program. October 30, Monday
Guest tickets available online to students approved for degree candidacy Extended to Nov. 20, 5pm
Name Pronunciation for Commencement
Let us know how you would like your name announced at commencement. 
Nov. 6, Monday - Nov. 24, Friday
Seat assignments emailed to students approved for degree candidacy No later than Dec. 11, Monday
Colleges have approved or disapproved all Fall 2017 degree candidates Jan. 25, Thursday
Spring 2018
Event Date
Graduation application available online for Columbia campus students who wish to graduate in Spring 2018 Dec. 19, Tuesday - Feb. 14, Wednesday
Graduation application deadline for Columbia campus students who wish to graduate in Spring 2018; online application available in Self Service Carolina under Apply to Graduate Feb. 14, Wednesday
Early Walk request deadline for Columbia campus students; complete the Request to Participate in Commencement Early/Late Form March 9, Friday
Degree candidacy approval deadline for Columbia campus colleges March 14, Wednesday
Guest tickets available online to students approved for degree candidacy TBA
Commencement Program Sent to Printer - degree candidates who submit their graduation application after this date will not have their name included in the program April 9, Monday
Seat assignments emailed to students approved for degree candidacy On or before May 7, Monday
Colleges have approved or disapproved all Spring 2018 degree candidates On or before June 15, Friday