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.

Graduation vs. Commencement

Graduation - the date on which you have officially and successfully completed all of your graduation requirements and your degree is conferred

Commencement - often referred to as "graduation", the Commencement ceremony is just that, a ceremony. It is an end-of-semester celebration for students projected to successfully complete all of the graduation requirements. Here at Lamar University, Commencement ceremonies are held at the end of each semester. 

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 November 13, 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 November 13, 2018.


STEP TWO: Apply for Graduation

Applications for summer graduation are available through your Self-Service Banner beginning Tuesday, September 4th through Tuesday, November 13th.


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 November 13, 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 November 13, 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 December 7, 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 November 13, 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 November 13, 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 December 7, 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 fall term is Friday, December 14 and Saturday, December 15, 2018. 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 December 7, 2018
      • last class day must be by December 13, 2018 - those with course ending on December 17th or later will receive their diploma in the mail, conferral date will be January 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 Friday, December 14th or Saturday, December 15th, 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.

LUOnline - Graduation Dates for Education Graduates

As you may have heard, in order to expedite your career goals we will now confer degrees multiple times during and after the semester. If you are a Graduate student (Master degree), whos class ends on one of the following dates, then this will affect you. 

Last Class Day Graduation Date
Fall 2018
October 1, 2018 October 15, 2018
November 12, 2018 November 28, 2018
December 21, 2018 January 11, 2018
Spring 2019
February 25, 2019 March 11, 2019
April 8, 2019 April 22, 2019
May 20, 2019 June 10, 2019
Summer 2019 (to be announced)


Please be aware of the following:

  • Your degree will be conferred on Graduation date by the end of day
  • Diplomas will be mailed out no later than five days after the given graduation date, to the address provided to us on your graduation application
  • If you still have an outstanding balance, your diploma will NOT be mailed out until your balance is cleared
  • Even though your are possibly graduating before the end of the "on campus" semester, we STILL want to see you at commencement!!!
  •  If you indicated on your graduation application that you will be attending commencement, please be on the lookout for additional information about the ceremony, including your check-in room assignment.

Important Dates to Remember:

September 4

  • Graduation Application process begins

October 15

  •  If your last class day is October 1st, your degree will be conferred by end of day

November 13

  • 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

November 28

  • If your last class day is November 12th, your degree will be conferred by end of day

December 7

  • Application fee due
  • Notification of change to commencement attendance deadline
  • Room assignments for check-in posted on Facebook and emailed to graduating students
  • PDF version of Lamar University Commencement Program will be available on Commencement page

December 14

  • College of Arts & Sciences Commencement Ceremony – 7:00 p.m. at the Montagne-Graduating students must arrive at 6 p.m.

December 15

  • College of Engineering Commencement Ceremony – 8:30 a.m. at the Montagne-Graduating students must arrive at 7:30 a.m.
  • College of Business Commencement Ceremony – 11:00 a.m. at the Montagne-Graduating students must arrive at 10:00 a.m.
  • College of Fine Arts & Comm. Commencement Ceremony – 2:00 p.m. at the Montagne-Graduating students must arrive at 1:00 p.m.
  • College of Education & Human Development Commencement Ceremony – 5:00 p.m. at the Montagne-Graduating students must arrive at 4:00 p.m.

December 17

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

January 11

  • Degree conferral for students who’s last class day is December 21st or Winter Mini
  • 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.