Graduation Information

Graduation Requirements


Online Application Deadlines

Graduation with Honors

To be eligible for graduation with honors, an undergraduate student must complete, in residence at Appalachian, a minimum of 48 semester hours.

Note: Credit for which a grade is not awarded will not be used in the determination of honors (AP, CLEP, credit by examination, credit for military service, credit for prior learning, etc.)

HonorsRequired cGPA
Summa Cum Laude3.85
Magna Cum Laude3.65
Cum Laude3.45

Graduation Ceremonies

Graduation is confirmed in May, August and December of each year.  Formal ceremonies occur in May and December.

Students who complete their requirements in the summer are permitted to participate in the May ceremony prior to the summer term or they may wait to participate in the December ceremony.

Applying to Graduate

Currently Enrolled Students

Students who have enough earned hours to be eligible to apply for graduation will receive an email at the beginning of the term alerting them the application for graduation is open.  Students are required to apply for graduation during the term immediately preceding the one in which they expect to complete all coursework and requirements for graduation (including internships, study abroad, etc.).  Even if you do not plan to attend the Commencement ceremony, you must still apply to graduate.

For instructions on submitting your application, see the Online Degree Application tutorial.  A $15.00 degree application fee will be posted to accounts of graduating seniors during the semester they apply to graduate.  Please select the correct term of graduation, as you will be charged the $15.00 fee each time you need to reapply.  You should select the term that represents when you will complete ALL requirements for graduation, not the term you plan to participate in commencement.

Based on your formal application to graduate, the Dean’s Office of your major college will review your student record and notify you by email whether you have met the requirements to be awarded your degree. If you have not met all degree requirements for that term, you will need to reapply to graduate for the future term in which you anticipate completing all remaining requirements. Your degree will not be awarded until you have been cleared by the College as meeting the requirements for graduation, and have an active graduation application for the term in which you are cleared. The graduation check-out is what prompts the Registrar's Office to award your degree once the College confirms all requirements have been met. Students who do not submit an application for graduation will not have their degree awarded and will not receive a diploma.

Students Not Currently Enrolled

Students not currently enrolled at Appalachian may submit an online degree application through their AppalNet account by clicking on Self Service > Student > Student Records > and then Apply to Graduate

How to Apply

You may complete your degree application in AppalNet by clicking on Self Service > Student > Student Records > and then Apply to Graduate.  Make sure you review and then select the appropriate major(s) and degree(s) with which you are graduating.  Failure to submit the correct information by the application deadline will result in you not being awarded your degree in the specified term.

An undergraduate graduation application fee of $15 will be applied to your student account for each term you apply to graduate and for each distinct degree. 

If you need to change any information regarding your major, minor, or concentration do so before submitting your application for graduation by contacting your Dean's office.

Making Changes to Your Application

Please contact the Registrar's Office at if you need to make any changes on your degree application after it is submitted.  If the term you will meet your graduation requirements changes, you must contact the graduation unit to have your current application removed.  This will allow you to submit another online degree application for the appropriate term at a later date. You will be charged an additional $15 application fee each time you apply.

Updated Your Expected Graduation Date?

If the term you will meet your graduation requirements changes, please request that your current application be removed. This will allow you to submit another online degree application for the appropriate term at a later date.  Students will be charged the degree application fee of $15.00 each time they formally apply to graduate. Please make sure this fee, as well as any other outstanding balance, is paid by the end of the semester in which the student is graduating.

To remove a current application, email