Applying for Graduation

Candidates for graduation should apply to the Registrar's Office approximately two regular semesters prior to planned completion of graduation requirements.

Applications for December graduation are due in September, and applications for May and August graduation are due in October. Exact application deadlines are posted in the Academic Calendar in the Fall semester.

To apply for graduation, students must obtain degree audits for all academic programs and graduate certificates. Graduation applications are available in the Registrar's Office. Students are expected to meet with their academic advisors to review and sign all required paperwork. Paperwork that is unsigned or incomplete will not be accepted. Candidates are notified of remaining degree requirements and their status within four to eight weeks after applying for graduation.

Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for a master's degree or graduate certificate, students must satisfy the conditions outlined in each program.

The final responsibility for being informed about, and adhering to, graduation requirements rests with the individual.

Graduating with Honors

Honors are not awarded to graduate students.

Academic Rank

Westminster College does not rank its students.


The commencement ceremony is held in late May or early June. All students who complete requirements for graduation and are entitled to receive degrees are required to be present at the commencement exercises. Students who, due to extenuating circumstances, are unable to attend must request that they be excused. Requests must be made in writing to the Registrar's Office.

December and April graduates will receive their diplomas following the ceremony. Students attending May term will receive diplomas mid-June. August graduates completing their degree requirements during the Summer semester may attend the preceding spring ceremony but will not receive diplomas until mid-August.