Apply to Graduate

After you successfully complete all the requirements for your degree and those requirements are verified by a graduation counselor, your degree will be awarded. That’s when you officially graduate.

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.

Application to graduate

Your application initiates the degree evaluation process, participation in commencement, diploma ordering, and commencement booklet publication.

When to apply - Bachelor’s degree

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

Avoid a HOLD! 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.

Step 1 
After you complete 60+ units toward your degree, review your degree plan so that you can estimate when you will finish all your degree requirements.

Step 2
Apply to Graduate in your Student Center. See step by step instructions here. The graduation processing fee will be posted to your student account. Note: If you need to apply for Spring 2021 use the e-form.

Check 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.

Step 3
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.

Step 4
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.

Disclosure of Student Information

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