Diplomas


Graduation Requirements and Deadlines

In order to graduate students must satisfy all academic requirements AND resolve all outstanding university obligations including any outstanding fees and all holds that prevent graduation by the deadlines below.  Academic requirements include majors, minors, second majors, college and university requirements as well as Latin honors and certificates. CLEP tests must be taken by the semester end date and scores must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office by the graduation deadline.

Federal compliance requires the University report graduates no later than the following dates:

February graduation: March 15th
May graduation: June 25th
September graduation: October 15th

If your academic graduation clearance and outstanding obligations are not completed by these dates you will be graduated from the University in the following graduation period.

If you have questions or concerns, please meet with Diploma & Graduation Services staff as soon as possible.
 

Graduation Checklist

___ University requirements - Check transcript and Academic Requirement Report in SPIRE to confirm credit total, residence credits, General Education requirements, over all cumulative GPA above 2.0   Note: in progress and ungraded courses are not factored in credit total - if you have questions contact Diploma & Graduation Services.
___ Major requirements – Contact your major to confirm.
___ College/School requirements (if applicable) – contact college/school to confirm.
___ Check SPIRE for holds - Note: even after you have left campus, holds can be added to your record that will prevent graduation.  Check SPIRE for holds periodically until you 1) receive your diploma, or 2) see on your unofficial transcript that your degree has been awarded.
___ Update Diploma Address, Diploma Email, and Diploma Name via your Student Service Center in SPIRE.
___ Commonwealth College Honors requirements (if applicable) – contact Commonwealth Honors College to confirm.
___ Additional Major(s) requirements (if applicable) – Contact major to confirm.
___ Minor(s) requirements (if applicable) – Contact minor to confirm.
___ Dual degree(s) requirements (if applicable; note Dual degrees require 150 credits) – Contact major to confirm
 

Receiving Diploma

The Registrar's Office staff have 6 weeks from the official graduation date to clear all students for graduation. After the 6 week deadline, diplomas will begin to be mailed. A general guideline for this mailing is:

If your graduation date is:

  • February, your diploma will be mailed in April.
  • May, your diploma will be mailed in August.
  • September, your diploma will be mailed in November.

Name on Diploma

Diplomas are printed using the diploma name listed in SPIRE. You can view and update your diploma name in your SPIRE Student Center Graduation information. For help with updating your diploma name, use the OIT help located HERE. If you no longer have access to SPIRE, send a written letter which includes your name, student id or social security number, date of graduation, the name you want printed on your diploma,and your signature to the address listed below. We will not change the name on your diploma without written authorization from you.

Mailing Address Diploma is Sent To

Diplomas are mailed to the diploma address we have listed for you. You can view and update this address in your SPIRE Student Center Graduation information. For help with updating your diploma address use the OIT help located HERE. If you no longer have access to SPIRE, send a written letter which includes your name, student id or social security number, date of graduation, the address where you would like your diploma mailed, and your signature to the address listed below. We will not send your diploma to an address other than your diploma address without written authorization from you.

Other Questions about Diploma

Email Diploma and Graduation Services or Call (413) 545-0555 and press option 3 for inquiries, Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Or send in a letter with your full name, student id or social security number, date of birth and date of graduation to address above.