Completing Your Degree Requirements:
Completing your degree requirements means that all coursework and all departmental graduation requirements (e.g., comprehensive examinations, internships, student teaching, correspondence work, departmental defense, internship, research paper, project, recital, etc.), that are part of your degree program, are completed.
You can track your progress towards your degree by utilizing your Academic Advisement Report, which provides information on how your coursework applies to your degree requirements. If you have any questions or concerns about your academic progress or your Academic Advisement Report, please meet with your academic advisor or with your Record Analyst.
Applying to Graduate:
If you are completing your final degree requirements during the Spring 2018 semester and plan to have a degree awarded in May 2018, you must submit your Application for Graduation by Sunday, April 1, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. to ensure inclusion in the Commencement Program for the May 4 and 5, 2018 ceremonies.
Students with multiple majors need to submit only one graduation application.
To see if your degree has been awarded, please refer to your unofficial grade report. The graduation check-out process takes time to complete as the Record Analysts have to verify all degree requirements have been satisfied. Please do not be alarmed if your degree isn't posted immediately upon grade submission.
The Commencement Reply is available and will remain open until Friday, April 27, 2018, at 5:00 p.m.
All Spring 2018 degree candidates, whether or not they are planning to attend the Spring 2018 Commencement Ceremony, must submit a Commencement Ceremony Reply. The information provided on the Commencement Reply is utilized for the Commencement Program, photographers, the reader at the Commencement Ceremony, and the UNI Alumni Association.
If you are a degree candidate completing your degree requirements in another semester, but would like to participate in the Spring 2018 Commencement Ceremony, you may attend the ceremony if you fill out the Commencement Reply. Doing so will allow a reader card to be prepared for you. Also, you must complete an Application for Graduation by Sunday, April 1, 2018, for the semester you will graduate to ensure inclusion in the Commencement Program. Academic honors earned will be recognized in the semester you actually complete your degree requirements.
The names and academic honors of those students who graduated at the end of the Summer term are automatically included in the Fall Commencement Program since no Summer Commencement Ceremony exists.
If you are not planning to meet requirements for your degree during the Spring 2018 semester, and you submitted an Application for Graduation, please notify your Record Analyst as soon as possible.
All deficiencies must be satisfied before June 8, 2018. If deficiencies are not completed by this date, you must then complete the Application for Graduation for the term in which you plan to complete all remaining degree requirements.
Graduating with Honors:
Three levels of honors are awarded to undergraduate students upon graduation from a bachelor's degree curriculum. To receive an honor rating, the student must earn no less than 55 semester hours of credit at UNI. Only credit earned in residence at this university is considered in earning honor awards, except for students graduating with the Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree, in which case, both residence and non-residence credit is considered.
The names of the students receiving honors are identified in the Commencement Program and on the official academic transcript. Students will be notified by letter from the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs if they have qualified for the Summa Cum Laude award. The Office of the Registrar will notify students if they have qualified for the Magna Cum Laude and Cum Laude honor. Students may pick up their award at the Office of the Registrar the week prior to Commencement any time between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. If the student cannot pick up their award at this time, please contact Kristin Soppe directly via e-mail.
Summa Cum Laude: Students whose cumulative UNI grade point average places them in the top 3% of those students graduating from their academic major college/division will be awarded Summa Cum Laude. These students will receive a Summa Cum Laude medallion and will also be noted in the Commencement Program with three asterisks (***) by their name.
Magna Cum Laude: Students whose cumulative UNI grade point average places them in the top 4% through top 8% of those students graduating from their academic major college/division will be awarded Magna Cum Laude. These students will receive a purple cord and will also be noted in the Commencement Program with two asterisks (**) by their name.
Cum Laude: Students whose cumulative UNI grade point average places them in the top 9% through top 15% of those students graduating from their academic major college/division will be awarded Cum Laude. These students will receive a gold cord and will also be noted in the Commencement Program with one asterisk (*) by their name.