Graduation checklist

Close to graduating? Here’s what you need to do to get in that cap and gown.

All communication regarding your degree progress and commencement activities will be sent to your UA e-mail account. 

All financial obligations to The University of Akron must be reconciled prior to degree candidacy (i.e., commencement program notation, ceremony attendance and degree conferral). 

Since there is no Summer commencement ceremony, Summer degree candidates have the option of attending either the Spring or Fall commencement ceremony in the same calendar year. Please note that your degree will be conferred at the end of the Summer semester regardless of the ceremony you choose to attend.

Questions? Contact us at graduation@uakron.edu.

The DPR is an online guide to assist you in reviewing your academic progress towards degree completion as well as being used in the final degree clearance process.  My DPR is accessible in your Student Center in My Akron.  

Based on your current academic record, My DPR will display your academic requirements including what requirements have been fulfilled and what needs to be satisfied in order to complete your degree.  Please see your academic advisor if you have questions regarding the course requirements shown in My DPR.     

Financial Obligations

In your Student Center in My Akron, review the information under the Finances section to ensure that you do not have any due charges.  Also review the Holds section to the right of your Student Center to ensure that you do not have any Library, Parking, or Accounts Receivable holds.   

All financial obligations to The University of Akron must be reconciled prior to degree candidacy (i.e., commencement program notation, ceremony attendance and degree conferral). If a financial obligation exists at the time of degree conferral, your graduation application will be cancelled. 

Diploma Mailing Address

Once your degree and/or certificate is posted to your academic record, it will be mailed to your DIPLOMA address.  If we do not have a diploma address for you at the time of mailing, your diploma/certificate will be mailed to your HOME address.  To ensure that your diploma/certificate is mailed to the correct address, make any necessary corrections to your DIPLOMA (and/or home) address via My Akron no later than the end of your graduating semester.  If a DIPLOMA address does not exist on your record, click on the “Add A New Address” button and follow the instructions. 

Your Name

In your Student Center in My Akron under the Personal Information section, click on the Names link and review your Primary Name Type.  Your Primary Name is what will appear on your diploma and/or certificate.  Please note that we do not include prefixes such as Mr. or Mrs. on the diploma/certificate.

If you have had a legal name change and you want your new name to appear on your diploma/certificate, please complete the Name Change Request form and submit it to the Office of the University Registrar no later than the end of your graduating semester.

If you have questions regarding how your name will appear on your diploma, please contact us at graduation@uakron.edu.

The degree and certificate graduation application deadlines are as follows:

Graduate degree candidates:

  • Summer 2020:  September 1, 2019 – July 1, 2020
  • Fall 2020:  January 1, 2020 – November 1, 2020
  • Spring 2020:  June 1, 2020 – April 1, 2021
  • Summer 2021:  September 1, 2020 – July 1, 2021

Undergraduate degree candidates:

  • Summer 2020:  September 1, 2019 – April 1, 202
  • Fall 2020:  January 1, 2020 – July 1, 2020
  • Spring 2021:  June 1, 2020 – December 1, 2020
  • Summer 2021:  September 1, 2020 – April 1, 2021

Law degree candidates

  • Fall 2020:  January 1, 2020 – May 1, 2020
  • Spring 2021:  May 1, 2020 – October 1, 2020

To apply for graduation, log into My Akron and follow these instructions.  Please see your academic advisor if you have missed the application deadline.

Please note: In order for your name to be printed in the commencement program, your graduation application must be submitted prior to the following dates:

  • Spring commencement program - April 1
  • Fall commencement program - November 1

With the latest news that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending against holding events of 50 or more people for at least the next two months, the University has decided that it is in the best interest of our campus community to postpone our Spring Commencement ceremonies on May 8-10.

 

Alternate dates have not yet been set.  More details will be shared as soon as they are known.

 

Graduates will still have their degrees conferred on May 9 for graduate and undergraduate students. 

With the latest news that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending against holding events of 50 or more people for at least the next two months, the University has decided that it is in the best interest of our campus community to postpone our Spring Commencement ceremonies on May 8-10.

 

Alternate dates have not yet been set.  More details will be shared as soon as they are known.

 

Graduates will still have their degrees conferred on May 9 for graduate and undergraduate students. 

All degree candidates attending the commencement ceremony must wear proper graduation regalia.  Caps and gowns are available for purchase online as well as at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore in the Student Union and in the Polsky Building. 

Professional DVDs of your commencement ceremony may be ordered online

Want to proudly display your diploma from The University of Akron?  Diploma frames may be ordered online

Professional photographers from GradImagesTM take photographs of each degree candidate prior to the ceremony processional and while crossing the stage.   

A final audit of your academic record and student financial account will be conducted beginning one week after your graduating semester and can take up to four weeks following your graduation date. 

After all degree requirements have been verified as successfully completed and all financial obligations have been verified as reconciled, your degree will be posted and your diploma will be mailed to your DIPLOMA address.  If we do not have a diploma address for you at the time of mailing, your diploma will be mailed to your HOME address.

Undergraduate students should review information on Graduating with Honors.

Are you an alumni and your UA diploma has been lost or damaged?  Alumni may submit a Duplicate Diploma Request