Graduation is the completion of all degree requirements, as recorded on the official transcript, and the conferring of a diploma.

Undergraduates: Review requirements for degree completion and work with your academic advisor to determine your anticipated graduation semester no later than one year prior to anticipated degree completion. Check the Academic Calendar on the Registrar’s website and submit your graduation application in myZou by the priority deadline.

Graduates: Review and complete all requirements and timelines for degree completion in your academic program.


Commencement is a ceremony that recognizes students for the completion of their degree.

Undergraduates: The College of Education & Human Development hosts commencement exercises each May.

  • Fall (previous), Spring, and Summer degree candidates will receive an email in late February or early March with ceremony participation details. Fall graduates may choose to participate in the May commencement immediately after completion of their degree requirements.
  • The College of Education & Human Development only provides cords for students who complete the Education Honors program. No cords are provided for students graduating with Latin honors.
  • Tickets are not required for College of Education & Human Development Commencement.

All Masters Degrees and Education Specialist Candidates: Please review and observe the commencement guidelines from the Office of Graduate Studies.

PhD and EdD Candidates: The Hooding Ceremony for doctoral candidates is hosted by the Office of Graduate Studies in December and May.  Please review and observe their commencement guidelines.

Commencement Resources