Apply to Graduate

Graduation, which is the awarding of a degree, should not be confused with participation in commencement ceremonies.

Commencement is a ceremony that celebrates your accomplishment and completion of a degree, however, participating in the ceremony does not mean you have earned your degree.

All students need to apply for graduation, which initiates the degree evaluation process.

When to apply (bachelor’s degree)

Apply after you complete 60 units toward your degree

We recommend you apply three semesters before you expect to complete all your degree requirements. For most students, this will be early in their junior year. Applying early will ensure that you receive your degree check in time to plan your final semesters at HSU.

If you do not apply to graduate after earning 90 units, a hold will be placed on future registration until an Application for Graduation is received.

Check deadlines: See the Academic Calendar for the deadline to apply. After the deadline a late fee will be posted to your student account. You can find information about current student fee rates at Tuition & Fees.

How to apply (bachelor's degree)

  • Login to myHumboldt and view Student Center.
  • Select Apply for Graduation from the other academic…. drop-down and click the double arrows.
  • Click on Apply for Graduation
  • Select your Expected Graduation Term and click Continue (Tip: Use your DARS plan to estimate when you will finish all your degree requirements)
  • Verify your information and click Submit Application

Find Step by step instructions on the Student Center Help site.

Term Missing in Student Center: If you need to apply for graduation in the current semester (and the term is no longer available in Student Center) use the Late Application for graduation e-form.

What happens next?

The graduation processing fee will be posted to your student account.

graduation counselor will prepare a degree check. It summarizes how degree requirements have been satisfied and lists any remaining requirements. Your degree check will be emailed to you and your advisor.

After grades are final, a graduation counselor will review your degree check. If all degree requirements are satisfied, your degree is posted to your record. See Processing - Diplomas & Transcripts for more information.

If any requirements remain unsatisfied, you will receive an email from your graduation counselor. You will need to postpone your graduation date. It is your responsibility to check your HSU email for official university communications.

When to apply (master’s degree)

We recommend that you apply for graduation by the second week of classes at least one semester before finishing all degree requirements so you will receive your degree check in time to plan your final semester of enrollment. See Graduate Studies for application

Change your graduation date

Complete a Graduation Date Change Request eForm to postpone your graduation date.

There is no cost to change your graduation unless you wait until after the graduation date on file is passed. Once that date has passed there is a $25 late graduate date change fee.

Please note that you will not be able to enroll in classes for the semester following the expected graduation date without first reapplying to the university or postponing your expected date of graduation.

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