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  • You and your advisor must fill out the Graduation Application Form. Your advisor will submit it to the Registrar's Office, and you will pay the graduation application fee.

  • Log into RAIN and navigate to DegreeWorks. In the student information section, you will see a box that says "Applied for Graduation". If the Registrar's Office has not received your application, it will be blank. Applying for graduation starts with your advisor, so that will be your next step. If your graduation application has been received in the Registrar's Office, but not yet reviewed you will see one of these codes, which just means we have the application and will review it soon:

    • AF = Applied for Fall graduation
    • AS = Applied for Spring graduation
    • AU = Applied for Summer graduation.

    Once your graduation application has been reviewed, the code will be updated.

    • CP = Complete Pending
      • This means you just need to successfully complete your remaining requirements and you will be walking across the stage. Congratulations!
    • RA = Reapply for Graduation
      • This means you are missing requirements needed to complete your degree and are not on track to graduate in the term for which you applied. If you think this is an error, you will need to speak with Lois Oliver in the Registrar's Office,

  • Check on RAIN. Go to your student account summary. The graduation fee code is GRAF. If your balance for GRAF is 0, you are good to go! If you don’t see GRAF, it has not been paid, and you need to get to Student Accounts and pay. Please do not send money to the Registrar, only Student Accounts can take your money.

  • Make sure your mailing address is up-to-date! Your diploma will be mailed directly to the mailing address in your RAIN account approximately six weeks after final grades are officially posted for your final semester. An email will be sent to your Radar email address when your diploma has been mailed out. You can update your address by completing and submitting the Address Change Form.

  • Only students who have successfully met all graduation requirements are allowed to walk in commencement exercises. If you applied by the deadline, you will have notes on DegreeWorks indicating what requirements remain. Make sure you are registered for all remaining requirements and don't forget to study. You still have to pass those classes in order to graduate. If you do not see notes indicating what requirements remain for you to graduate, check your graduation application status (see Verify the Registrar's Office received your application).

    In rare cases you might discover you are actually one or two classes short of graduation and are not eligible to graduate at the time for which you have applied. See Can I Still Walk in Graduation to determine if you are still eligible to march during the graduation ceremony." This only applies to undergraduate students.

  • Herff Jones Class Rings

    Sometimes we cut you some slack on deadlines but this one is not in our control. Unless you want to pay a late charge, order before the April 19, 2021 deadline!

    The color of your hood (for master’s degrees) and tassel (for bachelor's degrees) represents your degree, so be sure to fill in the information correctly. Your cap, tassel, and hood (for master's degrees) are all included in your order. Regalia is only available by ordering online. To be certain you have the right regalia, please place your order at:

    In addition to your regalia, personalized graduation announcements and other memorabilia can be ordered online from Herff Jones. Orders for announcements or accessories may be charged to a credit card or debit card and will be delivered directly to the address you provide.

    Order here before April 19, 2021

    You may also wish to order a GSW Diploma Frame. 

  • Do not let that parking ticket or library fine keep you from getting your diploma on graduation day! Students with outstanding balances will not have a diploma mailed to them. All fees must be paid by the deadline (see Important Deadlines: Pay All Fees) other, you will have to come back to campus at a later time to pay your balance and pick up your diploma.

  • If any you need any physical accommodations for the ceremony, please contact Lois Oliver


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