How do I indicate my intent and apply to graduate?  

Prior to registering for classes, if your earned hours indicate that you are within a year of completing degree requirements, you will need to answer a question about when you plan to graduate. The Graduation Intent question asks you to indicate whether you intend to complete the requirements of your program of study in the coming year: the upcoming spring semester, the summer semester, or fall semester. If you indicate that you plan to finish in the semester/term for which you are registering, you will receive an email with a link to the online graduation application.  Following submission of your graduation application and registration for your final semester, our office will conduct a graduation audit and you will be notified, through your Dominican email account, if there are any deficiencies that impede your ability to graduate.  If you are eligible to graduate, based on earned and currently enrolled coursework, a "Prospective Graduate" hold will be placed on your account and you can assume that you are on track to confer your degree.

The graduation application is a requirement to earn a degree.  The intent question helps us identify students that need access to the online application.  The intent question also helps us to send links to the application and courtesy reminders to apply.  Declaring intent IS NOT the same as applying for graduation.

Graduation Information Sheet

What is a graduation audit?
Your academic record is thoroughly examined in the Office of the Registrar to determine if you will have completed all courses required for your degree by the end of your final term (based on earned and currently enrolled coursework).  Your record will be reviewed to identify anything that may be missing from your core curriculum requirements, major and minor requirements, or total credit requirement. Based on the results of your graduation audit, one of the following holds will be placed on your account; see below.  Graduation audits are typically completed by the add/drop deadline of your final semester.  This allows students time to make schedule changes within the add/drop period if any deficiencies are found.  Students are encouraged to submit graduation applications early in the period between advance registration and the first day of classes to ensure their audit will be complete before the add/drop deadline.  After your record has been audited and a hold has been placed on your account, you will no longer be able to add or drop courses online.  Any schedule changes must be completed using a paper add/drop/withdrawal form.
Graduation Holds
GX = Prospective Graduate (you are tentatively on track to graduate)
GD = Prospective Graduate/Deficient (a deficiency must be resolved to be eligible to graduate)
GI = Prospective Graduate/Incomplete (an incomplete must be resolved to be eligible to graduate)
GT = Transfer Transcript Graduation (official transfer credit is needed  to be eligible to graduate)

Your audit is conducted using requirements of the Bulletin in effect at the time you began your studies at Dominican (or your declared bulletin).  It is in your Bulletin that you will find clearly outlined policies regarding residency, major fields of study, and transfer work.

Honors degrees are awarded on the basis of the cumulative grade point average of all baccalaureate coursework.  If a student enters in or before the 2015-2016 academic year, they must complete a minimum of 62 credit hours at Dominican in order to qualify for these honors distinctions.  If a student enters in the 2016-2017 academic year or later, they must complete a minimum of 56 credit hours to qualify.
                   Latin Honors:                     Cumulative GPA:

                  Summa cum laude                      3.9
                  Magna cum laude                       3.7
                  Cum laude                                  3.5

There is a $75 fee for graduation. 

For late applications, there is an additional $25 fee for graduation

Final payment of all fees (including graduation fee) must be received to participate in the commencement ceremony, receive a copy of your diploma, or request transcripts

(Degrees are conferred regardless of financial obligation)

The graduation fee will be billed to your account in the fifth week of your final semester

Payment can be made by using either a credit card or electronic check through Cashnet.  Please contact the Student Accounts Office for payment questions.

Late Graduation Application

The late undergraduate graduation application may only be submitted beyond your application deadline.  The graduation application deadline is typically within a week before the start of your final term. The late form must be received with physical signatures from the following individuals/departments.

  • The student
  • Department Dean

The late application may only be used if you are submitting the application after the deadline.  Early application submissions using the late form will not be accepted. The general graduation applications are available for students to complete online in the time period between advanced registration and the start of the semester students intend to graduate.  If you are submitting an application for the current semester after the deadline below, you may need to submit the late paper form:

Semester in which degree requirements are completed:

Deadline to apply for graduation:

Date of degree conferral:

Fall 2019

August 19, 2019

January 4, 2020

Spring 2020

January 8, 2020

May 10, 2020

Summer 2020

March 6, 2020†

August 29, 2020‡

Fall 2020

August 24, 2020

January 2, 2021

  Students who plan to complete degree requirements during the Summer Session and who intend to participate in the May commencement ceremony must submit a graduation application prior to the mid-semester break of the preceding spring semester. Students who do not intend to participate have until the first day of Summer Session I to submit a graduation application.

Late BA/BS/BBA/BSN Graduation Application Late Application BA/BS/BBA/BSN/BAS.pdf

Late BLS/BHS/BPS Graduation Application Late App for Graduation BALS-HS-BPS.pdf

Late BMS Graduation Application Late App for Graduation BMS.doc

Late AND Certificate Graduation Application Late App for AND Nutrition Cert

Late ISPP/CPDC Certificate Graduation Application Late App for ISPP/CPDC Cert


~ If you are submitting a late graduation application, you will be assessed a graduation fee of $75 and a late fee of $25 ~