Steps to Your Graduation
Track Your Degree Progress
Your Academic Advisement Report (AAR) 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.
Note: Prior to Summer 2021, the report to review was the DARS.
Submit Your Graduation Application
Your student profile should be up-to-date before you submit your application. This includes information on your major (including any concentrations), minor and certificate(s). Contact your advisor if the information is incorrect. However, changes can still be made to your record after you apply, so if a deadline is near, getting the appication submitted is your priority.
type may vary due to COVID
|Summer 2021*||August 1, 2021||Winter (Dec 18) 2021*|
|Fall 2021||May 1, 2021||Winter (Dec 18) 2021|
|Spring 2022||December 1, 2021||Spring (May 14) 2022|
*Summer graduates participate in the following December graduation ceremony unless otherwise requested using a Commencement Petition to Walk Form.
Students who wish to participate in a Commencement Ceremony other than the one appropriate to their graduation date may do so by submitting a Commencement Petition to Walk Form.
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.
UW Flexible Option Undergraduate Program students may request a Graduation Audit. More information about Flexible Option Graduation.
Get Your Cap and Gown
All candidates must wear appropriate regalia in their entirety to participate in the commencement ceremony. You may not participate in the ceremony without full regalia.
Information about cords can be found in the "Graduating with University Academic Honors" section below.
Read more about obtaining regalia on the Graduation Send Off page.
Saturday, December 18, 2021
Each graduate will be allowed a maximum of 2 guests. The guests will need tickets to enter commencement. There is no charge for the tickets but they must be ordered in advance.
Keep an eye on your Ranger Mail and visit the Ceremony Information page for more information about guest ticket ordering.
Verify Your Name and Address for Your Diploma
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pay Your 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.
Diploma covers will be handed out at commencement. Diplomas are mailed to the address listed on your student account, usually in early March. See step 5 for related information.
GRADUATING WITH UNIVERSITY ACADEMIC HONORS
University Baccalaureate and Associate Degree Academic Honors GPA Requirements
(including all transfer courses):
Cum Laude 3.500 – 3.699
Magna Cum Laude 3.700 – 3.899
Summa Cum Laude 3.900 – 4.000
University Graduate Degree Academic Honors GPA Requirements
(including all transfer courses):
With Distinction 3.830 – 4.000
- University Academic Honors for commencement are based upon grades earned PRIOR to your last semester.
- The Parkside cumulative GPA in SOLAR is based on Parkside coursework only and is NOT used for academic honors.
- Undergrad students: In your AAR, look for Combined/Degree GPA in the University Requirements section for the GPA used to award Academic Honors.
- Graduate students: In your AAR, look for the section that has the name of your program followed by "GPA".
- Only University Academic Honors Cords will be distributed to eligible graduates at commencement check-in.
- Other cords may be distributed by the department/organization recognizing the honors.
- Final official University Academic Honors are determined during the final degree audit after final grades are posted and will appear on your transcript and on your diploma.
GRADUATION VS. COMMENCEMENT
The process of being awarded an official degree. To be awarded a degree, candidates are required to apply for graduation. A final degree audit must be completed before a degree is officially awarded and this will not happen until AFTER the commencement ceremony.
The ceremony is recognition by the University, family, and friends of the expected degree achievement. A.K.A - “Walking across the stage.”
Invite a special faculty or staff member to commencement
Many of our graduates have told us that there is a special person at Parkside who has really made a difference in their education. If someone has made your educational experience special, please consider sending a thank you note to those faculty or staff members.