Apply to Graduate

Graduate showing thumbs up walking to graduation


Congratulations on your upcoming graduation! 

Students should apply for the graduation term in which all of their degree requirements will be met.  If you are unsure of your graduation term contact your college advisor.

Note regarding commencement: USA has commencement ceremonies in Spring and Fall semesters. Summer candidates participate in the Spring commencement ceremony with the exception of doctoral candidates.  Summer doctoral candidates will have their degree conferred at the Fall commencement ceremony.  While Summer candidates will walk in the ceremonies as indicated above, they still apply for Summer graduation.

Degree candidates will receive emails to their University JagMail account and should check their emails often and manage them appropriately.

Graduation Application Deadlines

*It is essential that students apply before the posted deadline.  Failure to apply by the deadline may delay a student’s graduation term.  To apply after the deadline, please refer to Late Graduation Application for more information.

Fall 2019 03-02-2019 thru 07-05-2019 FEE $50
Spring 2020 07-06-2019 thru 10-04-2019 FEE $50
Summer 2020 ** 10-05-2019 thru 03-06-2020 FEE $50
Fall 2020 03-07-2020 thru 07-03-2020 FEE $50
Spring 2021 07-04-2020 thru 10-02-2020 FEE $50
Summer 2021 ** 10-03-2020 thru 03-05-2021 FEE $50
** If you will complete your degree requirements in summer, apply for summer graduation regardless of the commencement ceremony in which you will participate.

Follow the step-by-step instructions below to ensure you meet all graduation requirements.

Step 1: Check your unofficial transcript on PAWS to verify that you have met the minimum requirements to apply for graduation.

Level Minimum Earned Hours Minimum Institutional GPA
Undergraduate 90+ 1.80
Graduate 15+ 2.80
Professional 30+ 2.80

Step 2: Apply for Graduation - 

To apply to graduate, log into your PAWS account and under Student Services, select Student Records, then choose the link  "Apply to Graduate".  

Step-by-step instructions

The $50.00 graduation application fee will be charged to your student account. The application fee is term-specific and non-transferrable (i.e., the fee may not be transferred to a graduation application for another semester). In order to receive your diploma, all financial obligations to the University must be cleared through the Office of Student Accounting.

If you need additional information, please contact the Registrar's Office at (251) 460-6251 or email

Step 3: Read the instructions listed in the Letter to Degree Candidates


Calendar of Events  
Fall 2019 graduation application deadline July 5, 2019
Spring 2020 graduation application deadline October 4, 2019
Fall 2019 Grad Fair, USA Bookstore October 15, 2019, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
2019 Fall Commencement ceremony, Mitchell Center December 14, 2019, at 2:00 p.m
Summer 2020 graduation application deadline March 6, 2020
2020 Spring Commencement ceremonies, Mitchell Center May 9, 2020, at 9:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m
Fall 2020 graduation application deadline July 3, 2020
Spring 2021 graduation application deadline October 2, 2020
Summer 2021 graduation application deadline March 5, 2021

revised 05/13/2019