Applying to graduate
Has it really been that long? Is this real? Only one way to find out – submit your Graduation Application! You can apply to graduate online through your Student Account and select Student Planning and then “Go to Plan & Schedule”. A pop-up will appear in the upper right-hand corner showing you any holds you have on your account and how to resolve them.
How to apply
You will need to fill out the Graduation Application located in your Student Account under “Graduation Overview.”
1. Is Your Major and/or Minor Correct?
- When you are filling out the Graduation Application, you may only see your major listed there. That is ok. We will review your record for any major(s)/minor(s) that you have formally declared when we review your application for completeness. If you are planning to complete a 2nd major or any minor(s) please make sure that you have formally declared them by submitting the online Change of Major/Minor Form.
2. Apply to Graduate
3. Check Your Account for Any Holds
- You can check your holds by going to your Student Account and select “OASIS for Students”. From that main menu, select “Student Restrictions” to see if you have any holds.
4. Resolve Any Holds You May Have
5. Receive an Email Confirming Your Eligibility to Participate in Commencement
6. Order Your Cap & Gown
7. Attend Commencement Week Activities
Frequently Asked Questions
Commencement exercises are held once a year at the end of the spring term in May. You must have completed all graduation requirements in order to participate. If you have additional questions about Commencement or would like additional details about Commencement, please visit Oglethorpe’s Commencement website.
I have heard that you don’t have to be done with all your degree requirements to “walk”. Is that true?
Don’t believe all the rumors you hear; however, it is possible. The only exception is if you have completed all other degree requirements except for a maximum of two courses totaling no more than 12 semester hours. Anything other than this would require you to submit an official appeal to participate in commencement. You can submit an appeal here.
All other students completing their degree requirements at the end of the summer or fall will be eligible to participate in the following spring’s commencement exercises.
Yes, you can still participate in Commencement. You just won’t receive your diploma. You will receive a diploma holder but inside will be a piece of paper that informs you that you cannot have your diploma until you have resolved your holds.
I applied for graduation and got an email that said I am not meeting degree requirements but my advisor said that I was fine. What should I do?
Respond to the email you received with your advisor on copy and ask your advisor to explain if there are any course substitutions that need to be made. Our Registrars are fabulous but they are not all knowing.
I submitted my Graduation Application but I want to change the name that is going to appear on my diploma. What do I need to do?
You should email the Office of the Registrar at [email protected] and confirm the name that you want on your diploma.
Information for Degree Candidates