The Registrar's Office requests students to submit a Petition for Graduation at least one semester in advance (i.e. if students are planning on graduating at the end of the Fall 2023 semester, then they should submit their petition for graduation during the Spring 2023 semester). This timeframe allows the Office of the Registrar to ensure that students meet all the necessary requirements for graduation and, should there be any issues, grants students ample time to make the necessary adjustments.
The Commencement Ceremony is held at the end of the Spring semester, during the month of May.
Only students that have completed all graduation requirements, or that have completed all but two courses of their graduation requirements and will complete those two courses by the end of the following Summer Session I, will be allowed to participate in the ceremony. Students that complete graduation requirements at a time other than the end of a Spring semester or the following Summer Session are encouraged to return to the University the following May to participate in the commencement ceremony.
For further information about JCU Graduation, please refer to the Commencement page.