Graduation vs. Commencement
Graduation is an exciting time in college. You’ve survived all your classes and now it’s time to celebrate. But before you walk onstage in your cap and gown, there’s a few things you need to do. First, you need to understand the difference between commencement and graduation:
- Graduation – Fulfillment of academic requirements and the award of a degree and diploma
- Commencement – A ceremony where graduates walk dressed in academic regalia (cap and gown) to be congratulated by the university’s leadership and faculty
Commencement is just the celebration. It doesn't mean you've officially graduated. Only the Office of the Registrar can confirm your graduation status and issue your diploma. Visit their site for more info on graduation and meet with your advisor to figure out if you are eligible for graduation to make sure you get that diploma.
If you've already been confirmed to graduate, congratulations! This means you can participate in commencement and get recognition for all your hard work. Take the next steps to commencement by starting the Graduate Checklist.