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Graduation Checklist and How to apply

Fillable Graduation Application (click here)

Information about our free information sessions (click here)

Prior to your last semester you should:

  • Apply for graduation two semesters before your intended graduation date in the College of Arts and Sciences located in 303 Lucas Hall or by completing the Graduation Application.
  • Schedule an advising appointment for a graduation review the semester prior to the semester in which you intend to graduate (i.e., schedule in September for a May graduation, and in February for an August or December graduation). This meeting will consist of a complete review of all graduation requirements. This cannot be done on a walk-in basis. These appointments take time and this is not something that can be done as a walk-in. Stop by the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office in 303 Lucas Hall to schedule an appointment or call (314) 516-5501 or log in to MyGateway, go to the Academic Planning Tools (bottom box, far right) and click “Schedule an Advising Appointment.”
  • Register with Career Services located at 278 Millennium Student Center. It is recommended that you meet with Career Services before your last year. They can help with internship and job search. There is no fee for registration!  Call 314-516-5111 or visit: http://careers.umsl.edu 
  • Attend a Graduation Workshop. Graduation workshops are designed to walk you through the graduation process. Dates for these workshops can be found on the CAS Advising page.
  • Go to http://mydegree.umsl.edu to check your Degree Audit Report (DARS) after you preregister for your last semester!  Or, you can run it online from your MyGateway account. Go to My Academic Toolbox (middle box, far right) and click on “My DARS Report.”  If it says “All requirements complete – in progress courses used” you know you are almost at the finish line!

During your FINAL semester, you should:

  • Register and take the major field exam (not all majors have a major field exam requirement).  
  • Check in with your advisor to make sure everything is in place and that you’re still on track to graduate. If any changes are made to your schedule, it is your responsibility to re-run and check your degree audit and clear any changes with your advisor.
  • Complete a grade modification form with an academic advisor for any courses you have repeated in which you received a grade of C- or lower. (Remember, the lower grade is removed from your campus GPA only, not your business, emphasis area, or major GPA.) Once your degree is posted on your transcript, you cannot use grade modification.
  • Register to participate in the commencement ceremony at the UMSL Bookstore (209 MSC) by April 1st (for May and August) and November 1st (for December) to make sure your name is listed in the program.  More information on the commencement ceremony is available at: http://www.umsl.edu/commencement/ .
  • Complete a grade modification form with an academic advisor for any courses you have repeated in which you received a grade of C- or lower. (Remember, the lower grade is removed from your campus GPA only, not your business, emphasis area, or major GPA.) Once your degree is posted on your transcript, you cannot use grade modification.
  • Students graduating in August will have the option to walk in the May or December commencement ceremony. Please make sure you register with the bookstore by the dates listed above.