The Office of the Registrar is here to support you through the graduation process. We encourage all students to acquaint themselves with our FAQ below. In general it is recommended that you apply for graduation for the term prior to the term in which you will actually complete your degree requirements. Your Dean’s office will be happy to assist you with any questions you have about the graduation process. When you apply to graduate you will be required to provide specific information related to your degree.
Graduates wishing to order duplicate diplomas may do so by submitting the Duplicate Diploma Order Form. All information is necessary and payment must accompany the request.
The Office of the Registrar would like to extend to you our full support in reaching your goal. If you should have any questions or need any assistance, please contact us.
- Confirm with your Dean's Office that you will meet all of the requirements.
- Apply to graduate and participate in commencement.
- Pick up your regalia.
- Order your announcements and class ring.
- Review Commencement Event Details
- Complete your free alumni registration.
- Complete your post-graduate placement survey.
When will I see the option to apply to graduate in ISIS?
Students eligible to apply must meet one of the following criteria before the option to apply appears in their Student Center under Other Academics:
How do I receive my diploma?
Your diploma will not be mailed to any address in ISIS except for the Diploma Mailing Address. You can edit your Diploma Mailing Address from your Student Center in ISIS by selecting Addresses in your Personal Information Menu then selecting edit addresses. You will then need to select your diploma address to make any changes. Be sure to select apply to save your changes. If you no longer have access to ISIS to make changes to this address please submit the Diploma Mailing Form here. If there is no Diploma Mailing Address in ISIS your diploma will be held until such time that you can provide one in writing.
When will I receive my diploma?
Clearing students for graduation during any term is a very detailed process with the cooperation of the schools and colleges and the Office of the Registrar. After final clearances are determined they are printed by the Office of the Registrar, audited for accuracy and then mailed. Fall graduates should receive diplomas in early February, Spring graduates should receive it by late July and Summer graduates by mid-October.
What’s on my diploma?
Your diploma has your name, graduation date, the degree awarded to you (along with Latin honors, if appropriate), the university’s seal and official signatures. The diploma shows the full name of the degree awarded, such as Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration or Doctor of Philosophy. Majors and minors are not shown on the diploma but are listed on your official transcript.
When will I find out information about Commencement?
Details regarding upcoming commencement ceremonies will be posted on the appropriate ceremony page, Spring or Fall as the details develop. For general information regarding the ceremony, please visit the Commencement page.
I have applied for Spring graduation but will need to take classes over the summer. When will I receive my diploma?
Participation in the Spring Commencement or a recognition ceremony does not mean you have graduated. Graduation occurs the term in which all degree requirements have been satisfied. If you finish your requirements over the summer, you will need to apply for the Summer graduation date. Providing clearance is granted by your school or college, you may expect to receive your diploma in early October.
If I am denied graduation for the term for which I applied, what should I do?
I am taking an independent study course that is necessary to satisfy my degree requirement. If I know that I will be unable to complete it during the term I applied for graduation, what should I do?
You may defer the application to a later term at the Office of the Registrar, Hunt Hall 146. You may also reapply for a later term by completing the Reapplication to Graduate Form
If I move before my diploma is mailed, how will I let you know?
How are University honors such as Cum laude, Magna cum laude and Summa cum laude determined?
As outlined in the Catalog, the faculty of each college will recommend for graduation with honors or with high honors those students it considers to be eligible for such distinction under its own regulations with the following general restrictions:
- To be eligible for graduation honors, a student must have completed at least one half of his or her degree work at the University of Arkansas.
- No student shall be eligible for graduation honors whose cumulative grade point average is below 3.125.
- A college should not be expected to recommend more than 10 percent of its graduating class for graduation honors except under unusual circumstances.
- It is recommended that in determining graduation honors the faculty consider the whole of a student's record but give greater weight to the last half of the record than the first half.
Graduate students are not eligible for honors.