Commencement/Graduation FAQ

Q. How do I apply for graduation?

You can pick up your graduation application in the Student Services/Enrollment Management Office in the Workforce Development/Continuing Studies Building. 

Deadlines for applying are as follows:

  • Associate degree candidates - By the end of the second week of the semester during which you'll complete all requirements.
  • Bachelor's degree candidates - December graduation: March 15; May graduation: September 15; August graduation: December 15.

Should the 15th day fall on a weekend, the deadline will be the next business day.

Q. Where do I get my cap and gown?

Cap, gown and tassel will be available for purchase in the bookstore in mid-April. The cost of the cap, gown and tassel is $21 plus tax. Be sure to try on the cap and gown in the bookstore prior to purchase. These items are not a rental; they will be yours to keep. For further information, contact the bookstore at 330-675-8852, or 330-847-0571, ext. 58852.

Q. Do I have to attend loan exit counseling?

All students who received Stafford or direct loans must attend loan exit counseling. You will be notified by letter regarding dates and times for these sessions. You need attend only one session. 

Q. When will I receive my diploma?

Diplomas will be mailed from the Office of the University Registrar to the graduate's permanent address approximately six to eight weeks after the ceremony. Check Web for Students to be sure we have the correct address, or to update your address. 

Q. How will my name appear on my diploma?

Your name will appear exactly as it does on your university record. Check with the Records office staff in the Student Services Office if you have any concerns with how your name will appear. 

Q. How many graduation ceremonies are held each year?

Kent State Trumbull holds one commencement ceremony each year in May. All Trumbull Campus graduates from the previous summer and fall terms will be recognized along with the spring graduates.

The Kent Campus holds several ceremonies in December, May and August.