Graduation Frequently Asked Questions
When do I apply for my degree?
You must fill out your application for degree one semester/term prior to your intended graduation. Typically, the deadlines are as follows:
|Graduation Date||Deadline to File Application|
|May (Spring Semester)||February|
|August (Summer Term)||June|
|December (Fall Semester)||September|
How do I get a duplicate copy of my diploma?
Please contact the Office of the Registrar at 931-221-7150 or email email@example.com. There is a $10 fee for the duplicate diploma. Please allow two weeks for processing.
Is there a fee for my degree?
Yes, there is a required fee for all degrees awarded. This fee is required, regardless whether or not you participate in the ceremony. Your graduation fee pays for your cap, gown, tassel, diploma, and diploma tube.
|Master and Education Specialist||$35|
Am I graduating with honors?
To graduate with honors you must have achieved the inclusive cumulative grade point average below at the end of the semester prior to the semester you graduate.
- Cum Laude: 3.500 - 3.699
- Magna Cum Laude: 3.700 - 3.899
- Summa Cum Laude: 3.900 - 4.000
- With Honor: 3.85 or higher
Do I get to wear an Honor Cord?
If you are an Undergraduate, graduating with honors, you are allowed to wear an honor cord. Cords may be purchased online when ordering your cap and gown. Cord costs ARE NOT included with graduation fees.
- Cum Laude: 3.500 - 3.699 white $12.99
- Magna Cum Laude: 3.700 - 3.899 red/white $12.99
- Summa Cum Laude: 3.900 - 4.000 red/white/gold $19.99
What if I cannot make it to Graduation Gala?
If you can’t come to Graduation Gala you may pick up your cap and gown in the Office of the Registrar; if you don’t plan to come to campus until graduation day, you will also be able to pick up your cap and gown from personnel located in the Dunn Center lobby on the day of your commencement ceremony. You can then login to AP OneStop and pay online.
I want to make sure I've turned in everything for graduation.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions regarding your graduation status. Also, if you have applied for graduation, please come to Graduation Gala and your status will be discussed with you then. You will also receive an email regarding your graduation status once you have applied for graduation.
I need a letter saying I will graduate or I have graduated.
You must contact the Office of the Registrar at (931) 221-7150 or by email at email@example.com.
Can my wife/husband pick up my diploma?
Yes, if you will send an email from your APSU official email to firstname.lastname@example.org or provide your spouse with a signed letter, with his/her name and address, s/he can then pick it up. Your spouse must show a picture ID and sign for the diploma.
Questions concerning course substitutions?
Please see your academic advisor regarding possible substitutions.
How do I get my graduation announced in my local newspaper?
Degree candidates who wish to have graduation information released to their hometown newspaper must do so through their MERIT page.
If you have any questions about hometown press releases, please contact the Office of Public Relations and Marketing, (931)221-7459.
Thank you, and congratulations on your achievements!