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Graduation and Commencement

College of Education Graduation Policy and Procedures

Distinguished Graduates (Undergraduate Students)

Fall Winter Spring/Summer
  2014 2014
2013 2013 2013
2012 2012 2012
2011 2011 2011
2010 2010 2010
2009 2009 2009
2008 2008 2008

Graduation: Fall - Winter - Spring/Summer

Students who complete degree requirements may graduate in Fall (December), Winter (May) or in Spring/Summer (August).  Degrees will be conferred at the end of each term.  While graduation is three times a year, there are only two Commencement Ceremonies—one in December and the other in May. Please review the information below regarding participation in the December and May Commencement Ceremonies.

Applying for Graduation: Deadlines and Instructions

Students must apply online (through Pipeline) for graduation before the fourth week of classes of the term in which they are completing all requirements for their degree.  Please see the instructions listed below. The University charges a Graduation Application fee of $40.00 for each graduation application. Graduation Deadlines and Information.

Graduation Term & Application Deadlines

  • Fall 2014 (December) - Deadline: Friday, September 26, 2014
  • Winter 2015 (May) - Deadline: Friday, February 13, 2015
  • Spring/Summer 2015 - Deadline: Friday, June 12, 2015

Notice for Spring/Summer Graduates

To participate in the May 2015 Commencement Ceremony, Spring/Summer graduates must apply online for August graduation by Friday, March 6, 2015 (College of Education Policy).  Doctoral Candidates (Ed.D and Ph.D) graduating in Spring/Summer 2014 will participate in the Fall 2014 Commencement Ceremony (Graduate School Policy).

Notice for Candidates for the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Degrees

Doctoral students should apply for graduation the term in which they are completing all requirements for their degree, including the Final Dissertation Defense. Deadline dates are established by the Graduate School each term for completion of all degree requirements. Please review the deadline dates in the section below for participation in the December and May Commencement Ceremonies and for important limitations on the participation of Ed.D. and Ph.D. candidates in the Commencement Ceremony.

Instructions

  1. Logon to WSU Pipeline.
  2. Log in using your WSU Access ID and Password.
  3. Click on the Student Tab.
  4. On the left side of the screen you will see “Student Services”.
  5. Under the heading of "Student Services," select the link entitled “Apply for Degree or Certificate”.
  6. Fill in the required information.
  7. You may pay online, request that a bill be sent to you, or have the fee included with your tuition.  Visa is not accepted for online payment.

Questions or problems applying for graduation may be directed to the Records Office by calling (313) 577-3531.

Common Graduation Application Issues to Avoid

When applying for graduation, the online application uses terms such as “primary” and “secondary.”  These terms do not correspond to “elementary” or “secondary” education.  The University uses the term “primary” to refer to a student’s first degree and “secondary” for a second degree.  Some students may be graduating in more than one program.  Most College of Education students are applying for one degree, the primary degree. 

The online application process is for “degree/certificate.” The use of the term “certificate” does not mean a teaching certificate. Students must apply online for graduation and file a supplementary Certification application (see instructions below).

Note: The degree application process is not completed and therefore NOT submitted until the payment option has been completed either by successful credit card payment online, or the sending of a bill.

Non-Completion of Degree Requirements

Students who do not complete their degree requirements during the term for which they applied to graduate must reapply before the fourth week of classes during the term when they will complete all requirements for their degree. Students must pay the application fee for graduation each time they apply for their degree/certificate.

Diploma Preparation and Delivery

After each graduation, it can take up to one month for the Records Office to complete the process of verifying and mailing diplomas and certificates. Therefore, if you graduate in May, diplomas and certificates will be mailed in late June. If you graduate in August, diplomas and certificates will be mailed in late September. If you graduate in December, diplomas and certificates will be mailed in late January. Any questions regarding your diploma should be directed to the University Records Office by calling (313) 577-3531.

Participation in the Commencement Ceremony

Participating/Walking in Commencement does not constitute graduation. Please check with the appropriate College of Education Degree Auditor to confirm that you have met all requirements for the degree for which you applied.

Students meeting the participation criteria listed above will be invited to the Fall Graduate Expo.  At this event, students may purchase caps and gowns, pick up tickets for Commencement, order class rings and announcements, have commencement photos taken, order diploma holders, and join the Alumni Association.

For more information about the December Commencement Ceremony, please visit the Commencement. Please direct questions about the ceremony, date/time, program, cap and gown orders, etc., to the Special Events Office, A/AB, 5700 Cass Avenue, Suite 4300, (313) 577-0300.

Participation in December 2014 Commencement Ceremony - Saturday, December 6 at 10:00 a.m. (Matthaei Building)

Note: Graduate Certificate and Education Specialist Certificate students do not participate in the Commencement Ceremony, which is limited to degree granting programs.

Students who have completed the following criteria may participate in the December 2014 Commencement Ceremony:

  1. Students that graduated in Spring/Summer 2014 (including candidates for the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) or the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees). 
  2. Students that applied for Fall 2014 graduation.
  3. Candidates for the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) or the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees may participate in the December Commencement Ceremony if the candidate has applied for Fall 2014 graduation and has met ALL requirements by the completion deadline of November 14, 2014.  The Final Defense of the Disseration must be completed by October 31, 2014.  For more information about the Final Defense deadline dates and the doctoral commencement policy, please visit the Doctoral Resources.

Participation in May 2015 Commencement Ceremony Thursday, May 7, 2015 (the time and location will be announced after January 2015).

Note: Graduate Certificate and Education Specialist Certificate students do not participate in the Commencement Ceremony, which is limited to degree granting programs.

Students who have completed the following criteria may participate in the May 2015 Commencement Ceremony:

  1. Students that applied for Winter 2015 graduation.
  2. Students that applied for Spring/Summer 2015 graduation by Friday, March 6, 2015 (excluding doctoral degree applicants).
  3. Candidates for the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) or the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees may participate in the May Commencement Ceremony if the candidate has applied for Winter 2014 graduation and has met ALL requirements by the completion deadline of March 1, 2015.  The Final Defense of the Disseration must be completed by March 1, 2015.  For more information about the Final Defense deadline dates and the doctoral commencement policy, please visit the Doctoral Resources.

Degree Auditors

Please direct questions about College of Education academic requirements for graduation to one of the following Degree Auditors:

Undergraduate Students

Fawne Allossery
489 College of Education
(313) 577-1601

Graduate Students

Michael J. Foley
489 College of Education
(313) 577-1606

Applying for Teacher Certification

Students completing requirements for an Initial Provisional Teaching Certificate must apply during the term in which they complete all certification requirements. The deadline to apply for certification is the same as for graduation: By the fourth week of each term.

To apply, students must complete the Initial Provisional Teaching Certification application, which is available in Room 489, College of Education or from the Teacher Certification webpage. Please submit the completed application and all necessary documentation to Room 489, College of Education by the deadline.