Graduation Requirements

It is the student’s responsibility to see that all requirements for graduation have been met. Candidates for graduation must submit an application through their my.emich account, on or before the deadline listed in the Student Guide each semester.

Deadlines are generally within the first two weeks of the semester. A non-refundable fee is associated with the application and is automatically charged to the student’s account. Students who apply for graduation, but fail to complete their degree requirements in a timely manner, must notify the Office of Records and Registration in writing and submit a new graduation application for a subsequent semester. No additional fee is required; however, previously charged fees are not refunded.

Failure to apply for graduation will result in a delay in graduation date (conferral of degree).

Students should expect to receive their degree-verification letter within three to four weeks after the close of the semester in which their degree is conferred. Diplomas and a student-issued transcript are mailed approximately eight weeks after the close of the semester in which the degree is conferred.

Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA in all graduate-level courses taken at EMU, and in their program of study, to remain in good academic standing and be eligible for graduation. Students do not need to be registered for classes during the semester of graduation.

Graduation Fee

A non-refundable graduation fee is charged to each student applying for a degree or a graduate or advanced graduate certificate. 

Licensure fees for teaching certifications are set by the State of Michigan Department of Education.


Information about commencement, including tickets, regalia and procedures, are published on the EMU website. Information is updated before each ceremony.

If coursework is being finished during the summer semester (i.e., August graduation), the student’s name will appear in the December commencement program and the student may return to participate in that event.

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