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 - click 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 April 2, 2019.

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 April 2, 2019.


STEP TWO: Apply for Graduation

Applications for spring graduation are available through your Self-Service Banner beginning Tuesday, January 22, 2019 through Tuesday, April 2, 2019.


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 April 2, 2019.
    • 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 2, 2019.
  • 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 May 9, 2019.

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 April 2, 2019 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 2, 2019 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

When your graduation status shows “complete, application accepted” please make your payment through Self-Service Banner. Deadline to pay fee is April 2, 2019. 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 beginning January 2019 - PDF version

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 April 2, 2019 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 FIVE: Participate in Commencement

  • Congratulations on your accomplishment! Lamar University’s Commencement for the fall term is Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18, 2019. 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 May 9, 2019.
      • last class day must be by May 15, 2019 - those with course ending on May 17th or later will receive their diploma in the mail, conferral date will be June 14th.

*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, May 17th or Saturday, May 18th 2019 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. 

Conferral Dates
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 17, 2019 June 14, 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:

Important graduation/commencement dates
January 22 Graduation Applications process begins
TBA Grad Fair 
January 29 Last day for departments to submit eligible students for spring 2019 graduation
April 2 Last day to apply for graduation
Name changes/corrections submitted, names submitted after this day may or
may not appear in the program
April 4 Departments start sending names to Graduation Department for summer 2019
TBA Last day to order Cap & Gown online at LU Bookstore
May 9 Graduation Application Fee due to receive diploma at ceremony
Notification of change - commencement attendance
Last day for paper graduation application NAME WILL NOT BE IN PROGRAM
May 10 Check-in Room Assignments released
Commencement Programs PDF Available
Commencement Ceremonies
May 17 College of Arts & Sciences - 7:00 p.m.
May 18 College of Engineering - time to be announced
College of Business - time to be announced
College of Fine Arts & Communication - time to be announced
College of Education & Human Development - time to be announced
Conferral Dates
January 11 Degrees Conferred end of day for students who have finished last class on December 21, 2018 or completed their last class day in Winter Mini
March 11 Degrees Conferred end of day for students who have finished last class on February 25, 2019 -Diplomas will be mailed allow 2-4 weeks after this date
April 22 Degrees Conferred end of day for students who have finished last class on April 8, 2019 -Diplomas will be mailed allow 2-4 weeks after this date
May 18 Conferral Date for all on-campus students and those students who completed their last class by May 15, 2019
May 22 Degrees Conferred end of day for students who completed their last class by May 15, 2019. If you did not attend commencement or honors will be added -Diplomas will be mailed allow 2-4 weeks after this date
May 23 Finalized Transcripts will be available for release
June 14 Degrees Conferred end of day for students who have finished last class on May 17, 2019 or completed their last class day in May Mini -Diplomas will be mailed allow 2-4 weeks after this date