Students request to walk in a ceremony before they actually graduate for a variety of reasons:

  • Completing an internship in the last semester and don’t want to return for commencement.
  • Student teaching in the last semester and don’t want to return for commencement.
  • The student’s health, or that of a family member, makes it difficult for a student to participate in the ceremony affiliated with his or her graduation date.
  • Family members’ travel restrictions require participation in a specific ceremony.
  • The student has a few more classes to complete but wants to walk in the same ceremony as friends.

Whatever the reason, we are happy to accommodate requests to walk early (or late), if the timing is reasonable.

Important points to remember:

  • You must apply to graduate for the term when you meet your degree requirements to officially graduate. If you apply for the wrong term, you will have to re-apply for the correct term, and you will be charged an additional graduation application fee.
  • Your name will be printed in the program book at the ceremony when you will officially graduate, not at the ceremony where you are walking early. You’ll want to prepare friends and family so they don’t worry when they arrive at the ceremony and don’t see your name in the program book.
  • You will participate in the ceremony the exact same way graduating students do. Ceremony information posted for graduates also applies to you. You are responsible for purchasing proper regalia and arriving at the ceremony line up location on time.
  • If you are present at the ceremony, your name will be called. You do not need to confirm this prior to the ceremony. Once you receive an email with an approval to walk early, no other action is necessary on your part.

To request permission to walk early (or late) in a ceremony that is different from your graduation date, please complete this form.

You will receive a response by email within one week of your submission. If you have questions, please contact

Remember, your approval to participate in an early ceremony does not fill the requirement of applying to graduate. You must apply for graduation for the term when all degree requirements (including terms of internship) are finished. For questions about your degree requirements, please contact one of the advisors listed in Degree Works.