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

  • Completing an internship in the last semester and do not want to return for commencement.
  • Student teaching in the last semester and do not 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:

  • Students must apply to graduate for the term when they will meet their degree requirements to officially graduate. If a student applies for the wrong term, he/she will have to re-apply for the correct term and will be charged an additional graduation application fee.
  • As long as a student applies to walk early by the undergraduate application deadline, his/her name will be printed in the program book. The Spring 2020 deadline to be listed in the program is March 16.
  • Students who walk early will participate in the ceremony the exact same way graduating students do. Ceremony information posted for graduates also applies to walk early students. Students who walk early are responsible for purchasing proper regalia and arriving at the ceremony line up location on time.
  • If a walk early student is present at the ceremony, his/her name will be called. There is no need to confirm this prior to the ceremony. Once the student receives an email with an approval to walk early, no other action is necessary.

To request permission to walk early (or late) in a ceremony that is different from a student’s official graduation date, they will need to complete this form online.

Students should receive a response by email within two weeks of their submission. Questions can be directed to commencement@bsu.edu.

Remember, the approval to participate in an early ceremony does not fill the requirement of applying to graduate. Students must apply for graduation for the term when all degree requirements (including terms of internship) are finished. For questions about degree requirements, the advisors listed in a student’s Degree Works should be contacted.