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 Commencement

Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

Use the links below to find frequently asked questions about commencement arranged by category.

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Don't see your question below? Contact the Office of the Registrar at 301-860-3730.

 

Application Process

I missed the graduation application deadline. Will I have a diploma on graduation day?

My name has changed. Is it too late to have it reflected on my diploma?

If I don’t plan to attend the ceremony, do I have to apply for graduation?

Can I be cleared for graduation if I have an outstanding balance?

If I do not complete my degree requirements by the deadline, will my name automatically roll over to the list for graduation the next semester?

How will I know that I have met ALL degree and financial requirements for graduation?

 

Question: I missed the graduation application deadline. Will I have a diploma on graduation day?
Answer: The Office of the Registrar cannot guarantee arrival of the diploma if the graduation application was submitted after the application deadline date.

 

Question: My name has changed. Is it too late to have it reflected on my diploma?
Answer: If you request a name change more than 7 days after the graduation application deadline, you will be required to complete a Replacement Diploma Form and pay a fee. You also will be required to submit to the Office of the Registrar official documentation to support the change of name.

 

Question: If I don’t plan to attend the ceremony, do I have to apply for graduation?
Answer: Yes. All students whether planning to participate in the ceremony or not have to apply and pay all fees to be academically reviewed and cleared by the Office of the Registrar.

 

Question: Can I be cleared for graduation if I have an outstanding balance?
Answer: No. To be eligible for graduation, all fees – including the graduation fee, student accounts, parking, and library fines – must be paid.

 

Question: If I do not complete my degree requirements, will my name automatically roll over to the graduation list for the next semester?
Answer: No. You must reapply for graduation; however, you will not be required to pay an additional graduation fee.

 

Question: How will I know that I have met ALL degree and financial requirements for graduation?
Answer: Check Bulldog Connection to make sure that you do not have any Negative Service Indicators. If  you do, click on the indicator for additional instructions. Also make sure that you have received all of your grades. If a grade has not been posted more than 72 hours after your final exam or if you have grades of “NG” or “I,” contact your instructor. You are not eligible for graduation with grades of “F”, “NG” or “I” or “D” in a major requirement.

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Cap & Gown

How do I order my academic regalia, rings, &c.?

How do I know that I have been cleared for graduation and can pick up my academic regalia?

I haven’t ordered my regalia. Can I still participate in the graduation ceremony?

I am a transfer student with 59 Bowie credits. Will I be eligible for Latin Honors?

When will I receive my Honors cord?

Question: How do I order my academic regalia, rings, &c.?

Answer: Visit http://colleges.herffjones.com/college/bsu/

 

Question: How do I know that I have been cleared for graduation and can pick up my academic regalia?
Answer: Your graduation status  will say APPROVED on Bulldog Connection once you have been cleared. Regalia will be shipped to your home if you choose to order it. Regalia is not required to participate in the virtual ceremony.

 

Question: I haven’t ordered my regalia. Can I still participate in the graduation ceremony?
Answer: Regalia will be shipped to your home if you choose to order it. Regalia is not required to participate in the virtual ceremony.



Question: I am a transfer student with 59 Bowie credits. Will I be eligible for Latin Honors?
Answer: You need 60 or more Bowie State credits to be considered for Latin Honors. However, a transfer student who has earned 30-59 semester hours at Bowie State University and has a GPA of 3.5 or above will graduate with Academic Recognition.



Question: When will I receive my Honors cord?
Answer: Honor cords will be distributed on the morning of graduation at check-in with your name cards.

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