How to submit a graduation application

Virginia Commonwealth University confers degrees only three times per year in May, August, and December as outlined in the Bulletin. Each student who expects to complete the degree requirements by the end of a semester (fall, spring, or summer) must apply to graduate by the deadline published on the university academic calendar; typically this deadline is two to three weeks after the first day of classes.

Graduation applications are submitted electronically to Records and Registration via eServices. As part of this process, we strongly recommend that you confirm your program information matches your major on DegreeWorks. Please review the instructions for viewing your program information.

You will not be automatically alerted that your graduation application has been successfully submitted or received. We encourage you to confirm by viewing the status of your graduation application on eServices.

There is no fee to submit a graduation application.

Submitting an undergraduate graduation application

screen recording of these steps is available online. 

To submit a graduation application, from the eServices home page:

  • Click the Student tab
  • Click Student Records
  • Click Apply to Graduate
  • Follow the on-screen prompts to progress through the application questions:
    • On the Curriculum Term Selection screen, click the dropdown menu and select the term you were last enrolled
    • On the Curriculum Selection screen, select the circle beside your intended degree and click Continue
    • On the Graduation Term Selection screen, click the dropdown menu and select the term in which you expect to complete all degree requirements
    • On the Graduation Ceremony Selection screen, select the circle beside your intent to participate in university commencement
    • On the Diploma Name Selection screens, click the dropdown menu, select your preferred name (or create a new preferred name) to be printed on your diploma, and confirm the spelling of your preferred name
    • On the Diploma Mailing Address Selection screens, click the dropdown menu, select the mailing address at which you wish to receive your diploma, and confirm the spelling of your mailing address
    • On the Graduation Application Summary screen, confirm the details of your tentative graduation application and click Submit Request
  • Follow the on-screen prompts to provide additional information on your hometown address and diploma pickup

Viewing an undergraduate graduation application

screen recording of these steps is available online.

To view your graduation application, from the eServices home page: 

  • Click the Student tab
  • Click Student Records
  • Click View Application to Graduate

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on undergraduate graduation applications