Information for Graduating Students

Steps for Graduation

1. Apply for graduation

Submit your application for graduation online through MyBenU (also necessary for degree conferral if not walking in Commencement ceremony). Follow these steps:

MyBenU > Self Service > Degree Progress/Graduation > Apply for Graduation

        Log in to MyBenU        

Preferred Deadlines for Undergrads to submit graduation application:
October 31, 2018 for May 31, 2019 conferral date;
January 15, 2019 for August 31, 2019 conferral date;
March 15, 2019 for December 31, 2019 conferral date
 

2. Order your cap and gown

Order your cap and gown online. The cost of the cap and gown is included in the application for graduation fee.

Order your cap and gown by March 11, 2019. All orders after this date will be charged an additional mailing fee. The delivery date of all regalia is April 17 at the graduation fair! 

3. RSVP for ceremony 

Fill out the online response form for participation in Graduation Mass and the 2019 Commencement.  

  RSVP Hooding Ceremony
& Bacc. Mass   
         RSVP 2018 Commencement    

4. Attend the Graduation Fair 

Attend the Graduation Fair from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24 on the first floor of Gillett Hall to:

  • Pick up your cap and gown.
  • Obtain Commencement information.
  • Have your photo taken with Rico!
  • Receive information about alumni benefits and career development services.
  • Discuss your financial obligations.
  • Enjoy a raffle and refreshments.

Graduation FAQ

Got a question about attending Commencement or what’s going on with your diploma? Here are some answers to some of the most common questions students ask leading up to graduation day.

Am I required to participate in Commencement to receive my diploma?

Participation in the Commencement Convocation is optional but encouraged. All students who participate in the Commencement Convocation will receive a diploma cover. Diplomas are mailed after the degree conferral process is completed at the end of each term.

When and where are diplomas mailed?

Diplomas are mailed to the recipient at the home address on file.

Mailing of the diploma takes place after the degree conferral process is complete. This process can take six to eight weeks after the conferral date (ex: fall conferral date is December 31). Once the process is complete, the degree you earned will be posted to your Benedictine account. You may expect to receive your diploma in the mail 10 to 14 business days after the posting. Please note that diplomas will not be released if you have any financial holds.

Who sends out diplomas?

The Office of the Registrar.

When will the degree be posted as earned on my transcript?

Degrees will be reflected on your academic transcript after the record has been reviewed, confirming that all graduation requirements have been satisfied. This process is called degree conferral.

What would prevent a student from participating in Commencement?

Not being in good financial or academic standing with the University. You must be in good financial standing before receiving your cap and gown, and be enrolled in an academic program that will be completed by the end of the summer term (if necessary to fulfill degree requirements).

Are invitations/announcements available?

Yes. Visit the Commencement Mementos page for details on ordering personalized invitations and announcements.

How and where do I get my cap and gown?

Cap and gown ordering and pick-up information will be available beginning December 1, 2017.

Is there a practice ceremony?

No.

What is the appropriate attire for the ceremony?

Business casual or formal dress is suggested. Adornments such as corsages and pins are not traditionally worn as a part of the regalia. The cap should be worn flat on the top of the head and signs are not recommended. Caps or gowns decorated with inappropriate messages will not be permitted. We highly recommend women wear comfortable shoes as you will be walking in a procession.

On what side of the cap do I wear the tassel?

As an associate or bachelor’s degree candidate, you wear your tassel on the right side. After the abbot announces your degree conferral and all diploma covers are distributed, you will switch the tassel to the left side. As a master’s and doctoral degree candidate, you wear your tassel on the left side.

As a student who is graduating from a master’s program, will I be recognized for graduation honors?

There are no graduation honors for students earning master’s and doctoral degrees.

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