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December 2015 Commencement

Please be sure to review and take note of key dates associated with May 2015 commencement-related activities.

September 25, 2015

Deadline to apply for December 2015 graduation. Find December 2015 graduation applications online (beginning 8/31/15).

  • Students who graduate in August 2015 are invited to participate in our December 2015 commencement activities. Only under extenuating circumstances can students gain approval to walk early. See your Dean's office for additional details.
  • Both a paper application and an online application (through VIP) must be submitted for the application process to be considered complete.
  • Graduate students must submit the Graduate Level Application for Graduation to the Graduate Office. 
  • Undergraduate students must submit a completed application for graduation at their academic dean's office.
  • All students should contact their academic department in order to obtain further information on official graduation requirements and responsibilities. Honors status should also be reviewed and established at this time.   

October 12, 2015

Last day for faculty to submit orders to purchase regalia (requires 8 week lead time).

Mid-October 2015

Initial commencement information will be sent to graduating students (based on December 2015 graduation applications received by the deadline of September 25, 2015 AND only to those students who have indicated they will be attending the ceremony). 

 Be sure to take care of the following details early:

  • Teacher Certification Applications: (see college dean)
  • Financial Aid Loan Exit Interview: Recipients of the Stafford Loan program must complete an exit interview online or at the Financial Aid Office, Dixon 105, 724-938-4415, before graduation.
  • Change of Address: Visit the post office link provided and change your address, if you will be moving out of the area after graduation.
  • Voter Registration: Graduating students who will be moving and are registered to vote in Washington County should update their registration with their new address, if staying within Pennsylvania. Details can be found online:

October 26, 2015

Our Graduation Fair will be held Monday, October 26, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is recommended that students purchase caps and gowns at least one month prior to commencement. Caps and Gowns: Undergraduate and graduate students must purchase approved academic robe and matching cap through the University Bookstore, except those who chose to wear their military dress uniform.

October 26, 2015

Honors cords will be available at the University Bookstore. Because of print deadlines for the commencement brochure, grade point averages from the semester prior to the last semester are used to determine honors status at commencement. Cords can be obtained at the University Bookstore (at no charge).

Review the undergraduate Honors at Graduation policy.

Honors cords are given to graduate students who complete their program with a cumulative minimum 3.75 QPA based on the semester prior to graduation. Graduate students will not be recognized in the commencement program as receiving honors.

November 13, 2015

Recommended date for students to purchase of caps and gowns. Students should arrange for purchase at least one month prior to commencement, before sizes are limited and it is too late to place special orders. 

Last day for faculty to place regalia rental orders at the University Bookstore.

November 23, 2015

Students with disabilities should request necessary accommodations. Alternate access arrangements for commencement events and/or all other accommodation requests should be made to the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD), preferably by Monday, November 23, 2015. Contact OSD in person, Azorsky Hall - Room 105, or by phone, 724-938-5781.    

December 1-4, 2015

Graduates may return parking permits from December 1-4, 2015. If students are required to be on campus, temporary parking permits for the last week of the semester can be obtained. Return parking permits to Room 123 in Manderino Library  Please call 724-938-4677 with any questions.

December 7, 2015

Deadline to register your contact information with the Cal U Alumni Association. You are required to update your information to ensure inclusion in our many Young Alumni mailings, e-blasts, networking events, insurance offerings, discounted car rental rates, Cal U logo license plate orders, and more. Don't miss out!

December 10, 2015

President's Dinner for Graduates

  • Dinner begins at 6 p.m., Gallagher Hall (This event is open to graduating students and invited faculty and staff members only.) 
  • Commencement rehearsals begin immediately following dinner. Graduate School rehearsal will be held in Steele Hall and Undergraduate rehearsal will be held in the Convocation Center.

December 11, 2015

  • Graduate Commencement, 7 p.m., Convocation Center 

December 12, 2015

  • Undergraduate Commencement, 10 a.m., Convocation Center 

  • CCAC Nursing Pinning Ceremony, 6 p.m., Steele Hall