Application Process

Graduation is a significant period in your life and the life of the University and we want to make this a most enjoyable event in your educational career.  To help you through the final stages to obtain your degree, we prepare a graduation Blackboard page that contains all of the information you need to apply to graduate and alert you via Cardinal email when you are near completion of your degree.  Your final semesters are pretty intensive and there will be many details that you could potentially overlook.  The information on the Blackboard page helps you work through those details and will help make Commencement much easier and more enjoyable.

Your academic advisor will help you determine your eligibility to graduate and will help you to select the appropriate graduation date. You will receive an email from the Registrar's Office instructing you to make an appointment with your advisor to review your degree plan, your transcript, and the checklist for graduation.  Once you and your advisor have determined the conferral period during which you will graduate, you will log on to Bannerweb per the instructions given in Blackboard and complete the online application.  All required documentation, including Community Service forms and any Substitution forms must be submitted by the first week of your final semester.

Please pay attention to the detail and all deadlines required in this process.  Doing so early in the process will enhance your Commencement experience and ease frustrations greatly.  Please carefully read the deadlines for turning in all documents and completing the application for graduation.  Not meeting these deadlines will affect the number of tickets you receive for the Commencement ceremonies and will result in late fees.

Once we receive your application for graduation, you will receive a degree audit from us that will provide you with information you need pertaining to graduation. We will correspond with you only through UIW email. It is important that you regularly check your UIW email as we may request information from you that we need to prepare you for Commencement and we will provide information about your graduation.  We also ask that you keep your address with the University updated at all times and that you let us know when you change your address.  This is particularly important during your final semester when we use a database separate from the University database to manage your progression to the degree.

Check our graduation link on the  Registrar web page frequently for information and updates related to Commencement. If you have questions about your degree requirements, please consult with your advisor.  If you have questions about the Commencement ceremonies, please contact the Registrar’s Office.