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You’ve Made It To Graduation Day!
Urbana University holds Commencement each May to recognize students who have completed the degree requirements during that academic year.
Students should contact the Registrar’s Office to address any questions regarding their eligibility to participate as well as details about the ceremony.
Acknowledging Academic Achievement
Graduation with honors is granted in recognition of academic excellence. To be awarded these distinctions, students receiving the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree must have completed at least 63 hours with Urbana University, while those receiving an associate degree from Urbana must have completed at least 40 hours with Urbana University. Credit for life experience will not be counted toward the credit hour requirement.
Honor citations are inscribed on diplomas as follows:
- Summa Cum Laude: GPA of 3.90-4.00
- Magna Cum Laude: GPA of 3.75-3.89
- Cum Laude: GPA of 3.60-3.74
Students must file with the Registrar’s Office, their intent to graduate two semesters prior to the anticipated graduation date. The student’s academic advisor will then complete a degree audit with the student through the Registrar’s Office to determine what courses must be scheduled during the student’s last two semesters of enrollment.
All students must file the formal Application for Degree and pay the appropriate fee in the Registrar’s Office according to the following schedule:
|Semester of Graduation||Deadline|
|Fall||First Day of Summer Semester|
|Spring||First Day of Fall Semester|
|Summer||First Day of Spring Semester|
Any student filing an application after the due date will be assessed a late application fee and may not be permitted to participate in the graduation ceremonies. Students must be enrolled in at least one course during the term of graduation. Graduating students are required to attend classes, and are responsible for all course material presented through the last week of regularly scheduled classes and final examination week. Students not graduating on the expected date must re-apply for graduation and pay the appropriate re-application fee. Please contact the Registrar’s Office for specific details.
Commencement - Saturday, May 5th, 2018
Picking up your Cap & Gown: If you don’t wish to wait until May 5, you may pick up your academic robes in the Bookstore beginning Wednesday, April 28th. The regular Bookstore hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Graduates can order personalized announcements online at herffjones.com/urbana. The bookstore also sells diploma frames, non-personalized announcements, souvenir tassels and alumni apparel. For more information call the Bookstore at 937-772-9282. The Bookstore will have the following extended hours
April 25th – April 27th 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
April 28th 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
April 30th – May 4th 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The Bookstore is open from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. for your convenience.
Parking and Personal Possessions
Upon arrival, park in the lot between Sycamore Hall and the Grimes Center or the large lot across from the Moore Classroom Building. Please wear your cap and gown and leave all other personal possessions including bags and backpacks located in your vehicles.
10:00 a.m. - All graduates must sign-in at the registration table in the tent. Instructions will be given to prepare you to participate in the commencement ceremony.
10:30 a.m. - Assemble in the tent for Commencement Procesional. At this time, the final marching order will be set and attendees confirmed. Anyone who is late may be placed at the end of the processional rather than in alphabetical order for their college.
The order for the processional is the platform party followed by Advisory Board. The faculty and graduates will line-up separately and merge by college with first the Faculty from the college and then the graduates from the college following their Dean.
11:00 a.m. - Commencement in Grimes Center Gymnasium. The order of the recessional is the platform party, then graduates.
Light refreshments will be served to graduates and their guests in the tent immediately following the ceremony.