Information For Graduates

The Process

  1. Check your credits
    Prospective graduates should check with their advisors to be sure that they will have sufficient academic credits to complete their graduation requirements by their expected graduation date.

  2. Financial Matters
    Students must meet all financial obligations before their diploma and transcript can be released. It is the student's responsibility to monitor his/her account periodically between now and graduation for any charges being transferred from the health center, the library, parking or various other departments within the University. Questions concerning student accounts may be directed to the Bursar's Office at (610) 519-4258.

  3. Complete a Prospective Graduate Form
    You will need to complete a Prospective Graduate Form to indicate how your name should appear on your diploma and to alert your college to begin the graduation degree audit process. Follow the instructions below to complete the Prospective Graduate Form for your particular degree program.

  4. Check your Prospective Graduate status
    At the beginning of the Spring Semester, prospective graduates can verify their individual status through myNOVA. On the Student tab, go to the Graduation Infomation channel and choose "Verify Diploma Information." These instructions also will be provided via email by the Registrar's Office.

    If graduation status is not verified by the Registrar's Office Graduation List, the graduate's name will not be included on lists that permit cap and gown pick up (unless they have received prior approval to participate in the Commencement Ceremony from the Academic Dean of your College). Only graduates who have completed all of their degree requirements will be listed in the Commencement Program and no diploma will be produced for those who have not completed all requirements. If graduates are uncertain of their status, they should contact the Academic Dean of their College.

Things to Do

Bachelor Degree Candidates

  • Check with your advisor to make sure that academic credits fulfill requirements
  • Financial Matters - Students must meet all financial obligations before their diploma and transcript can be released.
  • Order announcements (optional)
  • Complete a Prospective Graduate Form online via myNOVA - go to the Graduation Information channel on the Student tab
  • Check your graduation status through myNOVA - go to the Graduation Information channel on the Student tab
  • Complete the Senior Survey, Part I and Part II - Undergraduates only
  • Pick-up Cap and Gown

Master Degree Candidates

If you are a Master Degree candidate, please note that you must initiate the process for receiving your Master's Degree. The steps below indicate the starting point for each particular college.

  • Business: Form available in the Graduate Programs Office in Bartley Hall. The form should be completed and returned the semester before you plan to graduate.
  • Nursing: Download Graduate ApplicationPDF icon and instructions.
  • Liberal Arts & Sciences: Submit your Prospective Graduate Form online via myNOVA - go to the Graduation Information channel on the Student tab.
  • Engineering: Complete the Graduation Application and submit to your departmental office prior to registration for your final semester. Be sure to check the late January submission deadline.
  • Check that academic credits fulfill requirements.
  • Financial Matters - Students must meet all  financial obligations before their diploma and transcript can be released. It is the student's responsibility to monitor his/her account periodically between now and graduation for any charges being transferred from the health center, the library, parking or various other departments within the University. Questions concerning your account may be directed to the Bursar's Office at (610) 519-4258.
  • Order announcements (optional).
  • Check your prospective graduation status via myNOVA - go to the Graduation Information channel on the Student tab.
  • Pick-up Cap and Gown.

Future Commencement Weekend Dates

Year 2015: May 15—16
Year 2016: May 13—14
Year 2017: May 19—20

2013 Commencement Memories

2013 Commencement Memories

Time to Graduate?

Review the Prospective Graduate Information and Checklist