Graduation Information


For those students that will be participating in the Spring Commencement Ceremony...

Graduation Cap and Gown Portraits

Will take place at Fayetteville State University by Thornton Studio.

  • Tuesday, March 28 each day through Saturday, April 1, 2023
  • Wednesday, May 10, Thursday, May 11 and Friday, May 12, 2023

Information for all Prospective Graduating Students

All students must apply for graduation, whether participating in a commencement exercise or not and pay the $75.00 graduation application fee.

Students who fail to meet graduation requirements automatically void their candidacy for that particular graduation term. If the student does not complete the necessary degree requirements within two semesters of his/her expected term of graduation, then the student must re-apply and pay an additional $75.00 application fee. The application fee assists with clearance processing, diploma printing, diploma postage, diploma vendor services, diploma paper supply and commencement ceremonies.

When to Apply - Doctoral, Graduate, and Undergraduate level students:

Students with degrees conferred in December are eligible to participate in the spring commencement.

If you are a prospective graduate with degree conferral scheduled for Spring or Summer, you will be permitted to participate if you are enrolled in all outstanding courses required for degree completion. This may include enrollment in courses scheduled for Summer.

Honors for commencement ceremony purposes are based on the student's current GPA and earned hours at the end of the previous fall semester or the first eight-week grading of the spring semester if enrolled in the first eight-week classes.  All students who apply and are enrolled in all required courses to complete degree requirements in Spring or Summer are eligible to participate in the spring commencement ceremony. Grades will not be recorded until after commencement and grades are due. After degree clearance, honors, if applicable, are posted on the transcript and the diploma.

Spring and Summer candidates must apply for graduation by March 30 to be included in the commencement book or honor addendum. Spring candidates can continue to apply to graduate through May 31. Summer candidates can apply for graduation up through July 31.

Send all inquiries concerning graduation to to include your name, Banner ID, and Degree program.

Please allow 4 - 6 weeks after grades are due to expect transcripts to be updated with "Degree Awarded" and diplomas to be mailed. Please verify your mailing address through banner self-service.

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