Graduation 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, Twitter, and Instagram.  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.

Application for Graduation

After ensuring you meet all degree and graduation requirements, submit your graduation application online by the deadline March 20th for Graduates and April 3rd for Undergraduates. The official graduation date for spring 2018 is May 12, 2018. The Application for Graduation can be found on your Self-Service Banner. 

The online application will only be accessible after your department has notified the Records Department. You will receive an email and a graduation block will appear on your degree audit, when Records has been notified of your eligibility. 

Important Questions You Need to Verify on the Graduation Application:

  • Verify your degree/curriculum information correct on the graduation application?
  • Verify your name correct on the graduation application? 
    • 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 April 3, 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 April 3, 2018. 
  • Verify your permanent legal address is up to date?
  • Will you be attending the ceremony?

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




Name in Commencement Program

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 April 3, 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 April 3, 2018 to have information withheld from the program. 

Degree Requirement Verification for Final Semester

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.

Outstanding Balances and Holds

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.

Preparing for Commencement

Make sure to check our Commencement page for information regarding graduation or click on any of the links below.