Ready or not: Students must apply for May graduation by end of today
Published: Thursday, February 21, 2013
Updated: Thursday, February 21, 2013 23:02
Today marks Miami University’s deadline to apply for graduation for all students planning to graduate in May. However, according to Amber Beal, assistant registrar for certification processes, undergraduate and master’s students have a little leeway.
Beal said undergraduate students may apply online up until the week before the ceremony and masters students may apply up until two weeks before the ceremony, but doctoral students must adhere to the Feb. 22 deadline.
“It is also important to note that students who miss the deadline may not be included in the ceremony programs and may also miss some important communications,” Beal said.
Seniors Brittany Peters and Sam Brock are concerned that they will not have all the requirements to graduate.
“DARs [are] really confusing to read and it freaks me out that I won’t have everything I need to graduate in May,” Peters said. “I would feel much better if they sent back confirmation after you applied and said, ‘yes, you are done, you are going to graduate.’”
Brock said he thinks he has all the requirements, but still has concerns about the process.
“I have a friend who thought he was set to graduate, but it turns out he was actually one class short because of a complicated requirement for his major,” Brock said.
Beal said students can check the status of their application in BannerWeb under the View Graduation Application Link or at the top of their degree audit.
“Undergraduate students with missing requirements at the end of the term will be notified by mail by the Registrar Office or by the College of Arts and Sciences when we begin awarding degrees,” Beal said.
According to the Registrar’s Office, students who are missing requirements to graduate can still participate in the ceremony since degree clearing does not begin until after final grades are due.
Brock and Peters said they have already begun to make plans for after graduation; Brock will go to graduate school and Peters will apply for teaching positions.
“My resume says I’m expected to graduate in May 2013, and I will tell all prospective employers that, so if [the Registrar Office] comes back and says I can’t graduate, and I have to take classes over the summer, it could really mess up my [job] application process,” Peters said.
According to Beal, if there is an issue with the students’ application to graduate where the Registrar’s office is unable to process the application, they will be notified by email and the Registrar’s office will work with them to resolve the issue so their application will be processed.