All students must apply for graduation in order to earn a degree or certificate. The application must be submitted, and the graduation fee paid (for degree seeking students), by the application deadline to be considered a candidate for graduation as well as to participate in the commencement ceremony. (Students seeking graduate certificates do not pay the graduation fee nor are they eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony.) Graduation application deadlines can be found in the Academic Calendar.
Current Students - All currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students intending to graduate within the year should apply for graduation by submitting the application and fee using the Online Form.
The application is available for the current and two subsequent terms.
Non-Current Students - Students not currently enrolled at Illinois State should complete and submit the paper copy of the application.
Undergraduate Students: A $35 graduation fee is required at the time of application.
Graduate Students: A $40 graduation fee is required at the time of application.
Many students confuse graduation with Commencement, but the two are not the same.
Commencement is the ceremony recognizing any degree candidates eligible for that ceremony. Participation is not required.
Graduation is the official granting of a degree after having met all degree requirements. Graduation does not take place until after the current semester’s grades are posted which actually occurs after the commencement ceremony. For questions regarding your degree progress:
Diplomas are not distributed at the commencement ceremony; rather, they are mailed approximately 8 – 10 weeks following graduation to the address you specify on your application.
When students are admitted to Illinois State, they are assigned a catalog year. This is referred to as Requirement Term in your Student Center. Students must fulfill the graduation requirements specified in their assigned catalog in order to earn a degree. Online catalogs are available.