Applying for graduation is a two-step process, both of which must be completed in order for a student to graduate. Be sure to understand the difference between "walking in commencement" and "graduating." Walking in commencement does not mean that a student has obtained his or her degree. The degree is not conferred and a student does not actually graduate until all requirements for the degree have been met. Students who graduate in December will be invited back to walk in the following May commencement ceremony.
In order to graduate from The University of Mississippi, every student must submit a degree application to his or her Dean. Each school has a different process and different deadlines for submitting the degree application. School of Applied Sciences students must come to the Dean's Office at the George Street house the semester prior to the student's final semester to fill out a Letter of Intent to Graduate or obtain the printable on-line form and return the completed form to the Dean's Office by mail or by fax at (662) 915-7901.
Approximate due dates are as follows (a mass e-mail is sent to all seniors with notification of specific due dates each semester):
If you have questions about the deadline, please contact the Dean's Office.
After submitting your Letter of Intent to Graduate, the Office of the Dean will complete a checklist of requirements and send you back a list of your remaining degree requirements via your UM e-mail account. A copy of the application is also sent to your academic advisor.
After meeting with a representative from the Dean's Office, you will receive an e-mail (which automatically goes to your UM e-mail account unless you have had your e-mail forwarded to another account through the Help Desk) notifying you that it is time to submit your on-line Diploma Application. The e-mail contains a link to the web site where you will need to go to complete this form. When you complete the Diploma Application on-line, it goes to the Office of the Registrar where the list of graduates is compiled and diplomas are printed upon completion of your degree. If you do not complete this form, you will not graduate since the Office of the Registrar will not even know that you are a candidate for graduation.