Graduation To-Do Checklist

Are you graduating?

Make sure to pay attention to degree candidate information on the Commencement page, emails sent to your Lamar email and/or preferred email, and our Facebook.  Students should pay attention to the following checklist. To view more detailed information regarding each checklist item, please click on the accordion links below or print out a copy of the Graduation Checklist - HERE.

STEP ONE: Review your degree audit

Verify all degree requirements have been met or in-progress to be met this term.

Undergraduates: if you are completing a minor, but haven’t declared it you must do so by June 25, 2018.

Graduates: if your Field of Study has changed from thesis to non-thesis or vice-versa, then the change must be finalized and submitted to Records by June 25, 2018.


STEP TWO: Apply for Graduation

Applications for summer graduation are available through your Self-Service Banner beginning Thursday, June 7th through Monday, June 25th.


The online application will ONLY be accessible after your department has notified the Records Department of your eligibility. Once notified,

  • An email will be sent to your preferred email address, providing directions on how to apply
  • Your application will be accessible in your Self-Service banner
  • A graduation status block will appear on your degree audit, if your catalog start date is 2014 or newer

If you do not receive an email, see “no curriculum” in Self-Service Banner and/or do not see a graduation block in your audit, the Records Department has not been notified, please contact your department immediately.

 When applying, verify the following:

  • Degree/curriculum information is correct
  • Name, you can only change your middle name
    • If your first or last name has changed, it must be officially changed with registration. Email and indicate you are graduating in the subject line. Official corrections must be received by June 25, 2018
    • If you need to correct capitalization, add periods or add a suffix (Jr. Sr. I, II...) you can do this when you apply or contact us at the emails provided below to make the correction by June 25, 2018.
  • mailing address
  • Are you attending commencement? After completing your application, if your plans change you will need to notify the graduation department, no later than August 8, 2018. 

If you have already applied and any of the above information has changed please immediately contact:



FERPA Information

Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), if you withhold any of the following information your name will not be printed in the commencement program:

  • Your name
  • Program of study (college, major, or campus)
  • Degrees
  • Honors and awards received

If you completed a Directory Hold form at any time while you are a student here at Lamar University, you will receive an email from the graduation coordinator requesting that you release the hold prior to graduating. You must complete the form and email it back no later than June 25, 2018 to have your directory information shown in the commencement program. 

If you elect to withhold your name from directory information you must complete the form no later than June 25, 2018 to have information withheld from the program. 

Undergraduates: You may qualify for a $1000 Tuition Rebate

Please review the rebate requirements here. If you qualify, please complete the Tuition Rebate form. Send the completed form to for further review.

STEP THREE: Confirm Your Graduation Status

Graduation Coordinators will evaluate your degree audit for graduation. If you’re a candidate for graduation, the graduation status on your audit will show complete, pending final grades of the term.

  • Requirements will be checked off and it will state the "Graduation application accepted-Congratulations"

If your audit needs further review, your audit will indicate further review is needed by your academic advisor.

If you are no longer a candidate for graduation, your audit status will state "Your graduation requirements for the term were not met - Contact your department advisor.

STEP FOUR: Pay the Application Fee

There is a non-refundable fee when you apply for graduation. When your graduation status shows “complete, application accepted” please make your payment through Self-Service Banner. Deadline to pay fee is August 8, 2018. Remember, you must apply for graduation to receive your diploma. This pays for the processing of your application and diploma printing.

  • Undergraduates: $24.45
  • Masters: $24.45
  • Doctorate: $44.45

STEP FIVE: Participate in Commencement

  • Congratulations on your accomplishment! Lamar University’s Commencement for the summer term is Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Please note that you must have applied for graduation to participate in the ceremony.

    Benefits of attending:

    • Name and honors (if applicable) announced
    • Celebrating with fellow graduates in your department, faculty and staff, family and friends
    • Receive your diploma at commencement, to receive your diploma the following must be true
      • degree audit at 100%*
      • GPA must be 2.0 or higher for undergraduates
      • GPA must be 3.0 or higher for graduates
      • no financial holds**
      • notified Graduation Department that you will be attending, no later than August 8, 2018
      • last class day August 13, 2018 - those with course ending on August 20th will receive their diploma in the mail, conferral date will be August 30th.

*Upon submission of your Application for Degree, if you are enrolled in courses at an institution other than Lamar University, you must submit any transcripts to within 4 weeks of graduation to remain a degree candidate for the semester.

**All outstanding balances must be paid in full prior to the release of diplomas.

  • Be sure to check your student account balance on Self-Service Banner or by contacting Cashiering at (409) 880-8390 or (409) 880-8320.
  • If you have books or money owed to the Library contact them at (409) 880-8113.
  • If you haven't completed your "Exit" Loan Counseling Session, contact Financial Aid at (409) 880-8450.

STEP SIX: Receive Your Degree

After you are cleared for graduation, either with no remaining requirements or with your final courses in progress – and successful completion of those courses – your degree will be conferred (i.e., program completion will be indicated in your records, including your official transcript) at the end of the term, and a diploma will be provided to you at Lamar University’s Commencement Ceremony Saturday, August 18, 2018 or by mail. If mailed, please allow up to two to four weeks after the conferral date to receive by mail. Please remember that participation in commencement ceremony does not constitute official graduation from Lamar University; your degree must be conferred before you are considered a graduate of Lamar University.

Important Dates to Remember:

June 7

  • Graduation Application process begins

June 25

  • Last day to apply for graduation, applications received after this day may not have name in program
  • Undergraduates must have declared their minor
  • Graduates Field of Study change must be finalized and submitted to Records
  • Name Changes deadline, changes to name after this date may not be in commencement program

August 8

  • Application fee due
  • Notification of change to commencement attendance deadline

August 10

  • Room assignments for check-in posted on Facebook and emailed to graduating students

August 13

  • PDF version of Lamar University Commencement Program will be available on Commencement page

August 18

  • Commencement Ceremony – 10:00 a.m. at the Montagne-Graduating student must arrive at 9 a.m.

August 20

  • Degree conferral will appear in your records by end of day

August 30

  • Degree conferral for students who’s last class day is August 20th
  • Conferral will appear in your records by end of day
  • Your diploma will be mailed. Please allow two to four weeks after the conferral date.