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This page is updated periodically to reflect Commencement and Graduation information for the upcoming academic year.

Applying for Graduation -- Students are expected to apply for graduation when they reach 75 completed hours, in order to be properly tracked by the Office of the Registrar. An Application for Graduation card must be completed in person at the Registrar's counter in Curry Library (Quad Level). Students planning to graduate May 2014 or July 2014 should have applied for graduation by now. Seniors who have not applied for graduation will not be cleared to enroll in a required CTI capstone course, and will not be included in distribution of information to grad candidates. Students who change their anticipated graduation date must re-apply for graduation at the Registrar's counter.

Jewell's Commencement Ceremony is held once each year in May (Commencement 2014 will be held on Saturday, May 17). Students eligible to participate include the previous December's graduates and candidates for graduation for both May and July. Only grad candidates who are listed as "on-track" for graduation will be eligible to walk. May grad candidates are notified in January of their "on-track status" in order to rectify any discrepancies or re-apply for graduation (see Applying for Graduation above).


Upcoming Dates for 2013-2014:
December Grad Celebration:
 Tuesday, December 10, Gano Chapel (not a cap-and-gown event -- recognition ceremony and reception only).
2014 Grad Fair: Wednesday, March 12, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Bookstore Lobby ("one-stop shop" for grads to take care of business, including regalia rental!)
Nurses Pinning Ceremony: Friday, May 16, Mabee Center (for graduating Nursing majors)
Commencement 2014: Saturday, May 17, 1 p.m., Mabee Center (Baccalaureate service same day at 9 a.m. in Gano Chapel)

Academic Regalia Policy and Info: Grad candidates who walk at Commencement are required to rent their regalia through the Jewell Bookstore. Academic regalia includes mortar board cap, bachelors' gown and hood in a specific style, and red tassel to keep. (High school regalia or borrowed regalia will not be allowed.) Regalia for each May Commencement is available for rental at the Bookstore beginning on the day of the Grad Fair in March. Grad candidates should watch this site and their email for upcoming information beginning late fall.

Commencement Photography: Grads who walked at May Commencement received an email with two photo proofs taken on the stage and with their diploma cover.  Grads should check your Jewell email account for an email from Grad Images. Grads and their families who wish to purchase Commencement photographs may order online at or by contacting Grad Images at 800-261-2576.


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