Student FAQs

Do I need to apply to graduate?

Yes! Applying to graduate is the important first step in the process, whether you plan to attend the Commencement ceremony or not. 

How do I apply to graduate?

There are a number of ways to apply. You can find all of the details on the application process here

If I have not completed all of the requirements for my degree, can I still participate in Commencement?

If you have completed at least 114 credits and are registered for the remaining 6 credits required to graduate by the end of summer, you can participate in the Commencement ceremony. 

Will the ceremony be broadcasted on the web for friends and family ?

Yes! An updated link for the video broadcast will be posted on the front page of the Commencement website closer to the event date. The link will go live at approx. 8:50 AM.  The countdown will begin at 9:00am with the official start at 9:02am on May 8th.

How do I get my name listed in the program?

When you apply to graduate make sure you check the box on the application that says "include my name in printed materials". There is also a box that says "exclude my name from printed materials." If you would prefer to not have your name in the program make sure to choose that option instead. 

How are Latin honors determined?

Cum Laude honors are for students with a GPA of at least 3.60 and less than 3.75, Magna Cum Laude honors are for students with a GPA of at least 3.75 and less than 3.90, Summa Cum Laude honors are for students with a GPA of at least a 3.9 and above.  NOTE:  Honor cords will be sent to students with their diploma and diploma cover. 

How do I get my diploma?

Your diploma will be mailed to you once your appropriate Academic Dean or Department has certified that you have met all degree requirements and your degree has been awarded. This process usually takes 4-6 weeks. 

How big will my diploma be and where can I find a frame for it?

Undergraduate diplomas measure 7x9 inches and Graduate diplomas measure 8 1/2x11. Frames can be ordered through the University store here. Check out the University Store Graduation page for information on other items available for purchase.  

How can I order a cap & gown?

Some graduates may want to purchase graduation regalia at this time - whether as a souvenir or for photo ops to share with friends and family.  These are available to purchase online.  If a student does not want the full set they can even purchase just a cap and tassel.  Regalia will be available for sale at a later date too, for our rescheduled ceremony. 

If I am a double major, will I get two diplomas?

A student who completes two majors will receive one diploma that lists both majors. 

What if I lose my diploma?

Don't worry! You can order a replacement diploma here

How can I stay connected to USM past graduation?

USM Alumni Relations would love to communicate with you about news, events, and special offers just for USM graduates!