Remember to check your deadlines often as dates may change.
Submit your graduation application
Applications open eight months prior to the graduation month. Apply on time to avoid the fee increase! If you are planning to participate in commencement, be aware of the possible implications if your application is not processed at least two months before your commencement ceremony.
Students may apply on time for graduation during the following dates:
- Spring graduates: Sept. 15 to Nov. 15
- Summer graduates: Jan. 2 to March 2
- Fall graduates: April 1 to June 1
Apply through mySFA
Once you're eligible to apply for graduation, the appropriate link to apply will appear within the Graduation box on the mySFA Academics page.
If you're unable to access the application portal, revisit the mySFA page as soon as final grades are posted for the semester (Note: Maymester, summer I and summer II are considered a single semester).
How late applications may affect commencement ceremony participation:
Late applications are processed by hand and in the order in which they are received. It may take several months to complete your request. This process puts you at risk of missing important deadlines to appear in the commencement program and being seated last in the ceremony.
Applications submitted two weeks prior to ceremony: Students who apply for graduation during the two weeks prior to the ceremony will not be permitted to participate.
Email application (use only if directed)
What if I need to change my graduation date?
If you have already applied to graduate and need to delay graduation to a later semester, email email@example.com from your student email.
- campus ID number
- and a request to delete your graduation application.
It is helpful to copy your academic advisor on this email. Once the graduation team deletes your application, you will be notified via email and may reapply for a different semester.
What if I need to change my legal name?
If you intend to apply for graduation and know you will need to change your legal name, follow these steps:
- Apply to graduate.
- Update your university record using the legal name change form on our Forms and Resources page. Documentation is required. You will receive a confirmation once it has been completed.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org from your student email. Include your:
- campus ID number
- and a request to update your diploma name.
You will receive a confirmation once the change has been completed.
Although with proper documentation, this process can be completed rather quickly, it is optimal that this process be completed two to four months prior to your graduation date.
Did I already apply?
Once you have applied to graduate, you may view your application in MySFA.
- Log in to mySFA.
- Select "Academics" from the menu.
- Within the Graduation box, click the "View Personal Graduation Information" link to see your application.
How can I know if I might graduate with honors?
Visit the Honors and Distinction webpage for details on graduating with Latin Honors or as a University Scholar.
Do application changes affect commencement participation?
Updates to your graduation application, other than the commencement date, should be emailed to email@example.com.
If you or your advisor notify the Office of the Registrar that you're not eligible to graduate when expected, your application for graduation will be deleted and you will not be eligible to participate in commencement.
Your graduation fee is nonrefundable. You must reapply for a different term's graduation, pay the fee and will have the option to participate in that term's commencement ceremony.