Graduation ceremonies are conducted at the end of fall and spring semesters for associate and baccalaureate degree candidates and end of spring for graduate candidates. Each semester has a deadline in which all graduation requirements must be completed. All requirements must be completed and grades must be in the student system by June 7 for spring graduation, September 7 for summer graduation and January 7 for fall graduation. Some students may take courses from other schools or through our Extended Studies program and are given deadlines in which to complete their coursework. However, our graduation deadline must be met for the semester in which the student applies to graduate. If students cannot complete their requirements by the deadline for the semester in which they applied, they should reapply for graduation in the subsequent semester. Students who complete degree requirements may participate in commencement.

Information sheets giving details about graduation exercises, fees for caps, gowns, and announcements will be mailed approximately one month prior to commencement. Students who complete degree requirements during the summer semester will be added (provided they have applied for graduation) to the fall semester commencement program. Students who will complete degree requirements in the summer and wish to participate in the previous spring commencement ceremony should notify the records evaluator of their desire to participate in this commencement ceremony. Note: Students must be lacking only one course (up to six credit hours) in order to participate in any commencement ceremony.

The graduation ceremony for master’s candidates is held each May on the Adams State University campus in Alamosa. There is no summer or fall commencement for graduate students. If you complete the requirements for graduation during summer or fall semester, you may choose to walk in the preceding spring or the following spring ceremony. Students who have a hold placed against their account, any incomplete coursework or other unfulfilled degree requirements, including successfully completing the culminating activity, will not be permitted to participate in commencement exercises until such time as all requirements have been met. Students who plan to graduate must apply the semester before the anticipated completion. At the ceremony, students will receive a diploma cover. Provided all requirements have been met for the degree, students will receive their diploma in the mail approximately six weeks later. At the ceremony, graduate students will be hooded. The graduate must furnish his/her own academic regalia including the proper hood. Prior to each graduation ceremony, the Graduate School will provide additional information regarding purchase and rental of academic attire for the commencement ceremony. Master’s candidates are encouraged to attend the ceremony.