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Your Graduation

Spring 2017 Commencement
May 13, 2017

Get more information about the May 2017 Commencement Ceremony.

Watch Commencement LIVE
Watch the ceremony on the internet through our live stream.


1. Track Your Degree Progress
DARS 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 Graduation Application.  A one-time $50.00 non-refundable fee is applied to your student account in SOLAR and must be paid within 10 working days.
The deadline to apply for graduation is:

Graduation Term
Commencement Ceremony Date
Deadline to Apply
Spring 2017
May 13, 2017
December 1, 2016
Summer 2017
December 16, 2017* August 1, 2017
Fall 2017
December 16, 2017
May 1, 2017
Spring 2018
May 12, 2018
December 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 SOLAR 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 SOLAR account.

8. Stop by Graduation Send Off

Graduation 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.

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