Many students find graduation to be an exciting process, however they can also find it to be stressful.

The Registrar’s Office is helping students tackle this process with ease with the ‘Ready, Set, Graduate’ workshop series.

“I think the workshop is a great idea because it covered a lot things I didn’t know, and the PowerPoint presentation helped me visualize what I needed to complete,” fifth-year hospitality management student Ariana McKissock said.

The 2018 Commencement ceremonies will be held June 8-10. (Courtesy of CPP)

The hour-long workshops are held in the Bronco Student Center to help students learn about the process of applying for graduation and commencement.

The workshop covered several topics such as early commencement, graduation fees and the senior exit survey.

Reviewing your Degree Progress Report (DPR) was one of the main topics highlighted to ensure the majority of undergraduate students complete the required minimum units of 180 to graduate.  

“As graduation approaches, I advise students to review their Degree Progress Report because it’s at their fingertips 24/7, and is the key to make sure all requirements have been met,” Transfer and Graduation Advisor for the Registrar’s Office Elizabeth M. Guevara-Laxamana said.

Common mistakes found on DPR’s include double counted courses, and repeated courses.

It is important to closely monitor the DPR so all discrepancies are met prior to graduation.

Since your academic records cannot be adjusted once you’ve graduated, students must submit any outstanding documents such as grade changes, grade forgiveness forms, or other requirements as they take time to get processed.  

The DPR also serves as an official graduation check, which is automatically generated by their transfer and graduation advisor (TGA) once students achieve senior status via email notification.

“If students still have questions after reviewing their degree progress report, students have a couple different resources such as academic advisors, faculty advisors and transfer graduation advisors,” Guevara-Laxamana said.

Other requirements may include internship, senior projects and the Graduation Writing Test (GWT).

The Registrar’s Office suggests students only apply to graduate when they are sure they have completed all requirements.

The Graduation application fee is $59 per student, which covers both the fees for commencement and the individual diploma.

Students must make sure they are ready to graduate with their advisors before paying the fee because it is non-refundable and cannot be rolled-over to future quarters if their graduation quarter gets delayed.

Students may apply to graduate online via BroncoDirect, or in person by the deadlines posted on the Registrar’s website.

Once students have applied, an email confirmation will be sent with instructions on how to pay.

The application deadline for Winter 2018 is Jan. 26, 2018, and for Spring 2018 it is April 13, 2018.

Spring applicants must apply by this deadline to secure their name is printed in the commencement program.

Also, if students still have requirements to complete after spring quarter, the Registrar’s suggests students to see if they may qualify for early commencement participation, which is a separate process.

Once students apply for graduation, applicants will be notified on their eligibility to participate in commencement via email by Tuesday, May 1, 2018.

If for some reason students missed the online application deadline, they are still able to apply in person at the Bronco Advising Center to fill out a paper application.

However, students are not guaranteed to be listed in the commencement program.

Once all requirements have been met, the transfer and graduation advisors begin to do a final review and begin clearing students once grades are posted.

Students will also receive a congratulatory email once their degree has posted, followed by a request to complete the senior exit survey.

Once completed, their diploma will be processed.

For more information, questions or other workshops regarding graduation or commencement, students may contact the Registrar’s Office at (909) 869-3000, or the Registrar’s Office Website.

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