Fall 2016 Commencement
December 17, 2016
Watch Commencement LIVE
Watch the ceremony on the internet through our live stream
YOUR STEPS TO GRADUATION
1. Track Your Degree Progress
compares your course work with the requirements for your degree. Review your report with your academic advisor. Undergraduates who have completed 90 hours of course work are highly encouraged to apply for graduation.
2. Submit Your Graduation Application
You can apply by completing the online
. A one-time $50.00 non-refundable fee is applied to your student account in
and must be paid within 10 working days.
The deadline to apply for graduation is:
Commencement Ceremony Date
Deadline to Apply
||December 17, 2016
||May 1, 2016
||May 13, 2017
||December 1, 2016
||December 16, 2017*
August 1, 2017
||December 16, 2017
||May 1, 2017
Your student profile should be up to date before you submit your application. This includes information on your degree, major, concentration, and minor. If this information is not correct on your Degree Audit Report, please see your academic advisor.
If you need to change your graduation date, simply resubmit the application and indicate "I'm changing my graduation date." There is no additional charge to change your date.
*Summer graduates participate in the December graduation ceremony unless otherwise requested.
3. Get Your Cap and Gown
Your participation in the commencement ceremony is optional. However, if you plan to participate, you must purchase a cap and gown. You can get fitted for your cap and gown and order graduation invitations and class ring at
Senior Send Off.
4. Reserve Your Seat for Commencement
Tickets for guests are not required but reservations are needed. If special accommodations are needed, please email us at
5. Verify Your Name & Your Address
Verify your name and permanent address on your
account. Your diploma will be mailed to your permanent address unless you provide a different address. The name on your diploma will be the name Parkside has on record, unless you indicate a different name. If your name or address changes after you apply for graduation, contact
6. Complete Your Financial Aid Exit Interview
If you have student loans, you need to complete an
online exit interview
7. Pay Your UWP Bill
You will need to pay all your financial obligations to Parkside (such as library fines, parking tickets, rent) before the university will issue a diploma or transcript for you. You can makes payments on your
8. Stop by Senior Send Off
Senior Send Off is a one-stop opportunity to tackle the important details regarding your upcoming graduation.
Click on the link above if you are enrolled in the FLEX Options Program and wish to request a Completion Audit.