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Steps toward becoming a graduation candidate

To be eligible to graduate, you must apply online and pay a non-refundable fee of $60 as you approach completion of degree requirements. The deadline to apply for graduation is the last day of final exams during the semester before the semester you expect to graduate.

Here's a step-by-step guide to the graduation process for:

Remember you must apply before the deadline, review your Degree Works to see if adjustments are needed and order your cap and gown if you plan to participate in the graduation ceremony.

Commencement is held twice each year, in May (spring) and December (fall). Elsewhere on this website, you'll find information about what's expected of candidates, parents and guests, etiquette tips, notes on photography and more. Please share this information with family and guests who might attend commencement.

If your diploma is ever misplaced or destroyed, please complete this form and mail it, with payment as described, to:

Columbus State University
Office of Registrar
4225 University Ave.
Columbus, GA 31907