All academic requirements must be completed and processed before the date of graduation. Students expecting to graduate must submit the online application through myNOVA no later than the date specified in the academic calendar in the semester in which they expect to complete their program requirements. Those who miss the deadline will not have their names printed in the Commencement program.
Screen shot of Graduation Information found in myNova.
How to Apply to Graduate
Students must submit the application to graduate via myNOVA. The form can be found in the 'Graduation Information' channel that is located on the 'Student' tab in myNOVA.
If a student applies to graduate for a particular semester and then does not actually graduate that semester, the student must reapply for the next semester. These forms are not kept on file in the Dean's Office once the semester is finished.
- For September 1st, graduation applications must be completed in myNOVA by June 15th.
- For December 31st, graduation applications must be completed in myNOVA by September 15th.
- For May 31st, graduation applications must be completed in myNOVA by January 15th.
Permission to Participate in May Commencement
Any graduate student expecting to complete his/her degree requirements in the semester/session following May graduation may request permission to participate in the Commencement ceremony in May by completing the form entitled “Permission to Participate in May Commencement” (please see below link to access the form). A student requesting this permission should have no more than six credits to complete. Your name will not appear in the Commencement program until the following May, after you have officially graduated. Full details about Commencement (cap and gown pickup) can be found here.
PLEASE NOTE: Participating in Commencement does not mean you are graduating. You will not have your name listed in the Commencement Ceremony Program and you will not be issued a diploma until your degree requirements are completed. You must apply to graduate separately. Register (or re-register) for graduation via the myNOVA portal to access the prospective graduation form. For details about how to complete the Prospective Graduate Form, please click here.
All graduate students must earn a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher to receive their master's degrees. Therefore, there are no honors categories for master's level students. You may check to see if your program has an honor society and what the requirements are for being invited to join.