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.


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 1: 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 2, 2020

    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 6, 2020.


  • STEP 2: Apply for Graduation

    Applications for fall graduation are available through your Self-Service Banner beginning August 18, 2020 through November 2, 2020.

     The online application will ONLY be accessible after your department has notified the Graduation 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 2, 2020.
      • 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 2, 2020.
    • 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 3, 2020.

    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 2, 2020 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 2, 2020 to have information withheld from the program. 

    Undergraduates: You may qualify for a $1000 Tuition Rebate

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

  • STEP 3: 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 4: Pay the Application Fee

    When your graduation status shows “complete, application accepted” please make your payment through Self-Service Banner. Deadline to pay fee is December 3, 2020. Remember, you must apply for graduation and pay the graduation fee to receive your diploma. 

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

    Graduation Fee Policy (revised January 2019) - PDF

    The graduation fee covers the cost of the diploma and tube, program expenses, mailing fees, and other expenses associate with graduation. All graduates are listed in the Commencement Program(s), if their name is submitted by the NOvember 2, 2020 deadline, and all graduates must pay the fee, regardless of attendance at the ceremony. 

    Students are required to pay the graduation fee no later than one week before commencement. If a student has not paid their fee, their diploma and transcripts will be held for non-payment until their balance is 0. Students who pay their balance in full the week of commencement can pick up their diploma the Tuesday following the ceremony. If the balance is paid after the term has ended, the student must notify the Graduation Department by email that their balance is paid in full to receive their diploma by mail or in person. 

    Graduation fees are non-refundable. However, if a student is eligible to graduate, completes the application and pays the fee, but does not graduate in the term in which the fee is paid, the student will be allowed to apply for graduation without paying an additional fee in subsequent terms - up to one year. 

    Example: Student applies in spring, doesn't’t graduate but pays the fee. Student is allowed to apply for summer and/or fall graduation and the fee will be waived. If the student doesn't’t graduate in summer or fall and has to reapply in spring the student will have to pay an additional graduation fee.

  • STEP 5: Participate in Commencement
    • Congratulations on your accomplishment! Lamar University’s Commencement for the fall term is Friday, December 11th & Saturday, December 12th, 2020. Please note that you must have applied for graduation to participate in the ceremony.

      Benefits of attending:

      • Name and honors (if applicable) announced - see Honors Policy
      • 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 3, 2020.

    *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 6: 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 11, Saturday, December 12, 2020 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.

  • STEP 7: Note Conferral (Graduation) Dates

    As you may have heard, in order to expedite your career goals we will now confer degrees multiple times during and after the semester. This is not your commencement ceremony date. This is the actual date your degree will be awarded.

    Conferral Dates
    Last Day of Term/Conferral Date Finalized by End of day
    September 21, 2020 October 5, 2020
    October 12, 2020 October 26, 2020
    November 2, 2020 November 16, 2020
    December 8, 2020 December 12, 2020
    December 11, 2020 January 11, 2020


    Please be aware of the following:

    • Your degree will be finalized by end of day on date given above. Your diploma and transcript will reflect the "last day of term/conferral date"
    • Diplomas will be mailed out no later than five days after the finalized date, to the address provided to us on your graduation application. If your conferral date is December 8th you will have an opportunity to pick up your diploma at the ceremony
    • If you still have an outstanding balance, your diploma will NOT be mailed out or available for pick up at the ceremony until your balance is cleared
    • Even though you may receive your diploma before or after the ceremony date, 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.