I applied late for graduation will I have a diploma on December 20, 2013?
Diplomas will be ordered on Friday, Oct. 11. The Office of the Registrar cannot guarantee arrival of the diploma if the application for graduation was submitted after the deadline date. Back to Top
What time is check-in on Friday, December 20, 2013?
Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. Be prepared to remain in the gym once you enter. Back to Top
What happens if it snows on Friday, December 20 will Commencement be cancelled?
Announcements will go out through Bowie State Electronic Emergency System (BEES). Additional news updates will also be sent to local radio and television stations. Back to Top
If I don’t plan to attend the ceremony, do I have to apply for graduation?
Yes. All students whether planning to participate in the ceremony or not have to apply and pay all fees to be academically reviewed and cleared by the Office of the Registrar. Back to Top
I haven’t ordered my regalia; can I still participate in the graduation ceremony?
Only students with complete regalia (cap, gown, and hood) will be allowed to participate in the ceremony. It is not too late to obtain your regalia. Anyone who has not placed an order can buy their regalia at the bookstore during clearance week in December. Back to Top
Can I be cleared for graduation and allowed to participate in the ceremony if I have an outstanding balance?
No. To be eligible for graduation clearance, all fees must be paid, including the graduation fee, student accounts, parking, and library fines. Academically, all grades must be posted to your transcript and all degree requirements must be satisfied before clearance will be obtained. Back to Top
My name has changed and I want to have it reflected on my diploma is it too late?
If you are requesting a change of name after Monday, Oct. 4, then it is too late because diplomas have already been ordered. You will need to make the request to have the diploma reordered once you have given the Office of the Registrar official documentation to support the change of name, there is a fee charged for reordering diplomas. Back to Top
I am a transfer student with 59 Bowie credits; will I be eligible for Latin Honors?
You need 60 or more Bowie State credits to be considered for Latin Honors. However, a transfer student who has earned 30-59 semester hours at Bowie State University and has a GPA of 3.5 or above will graduate with academic recognition. Back to Top
When will I receive my Honors cord?
Honor cords will be distributed on the morning of graduation at check-in with your name cards. Back to Top
How long is the ceremony?
The ceremony will last approximately two hours. Back to Top
Is there a secure place to leave my purse or wallet during the ceremony?
We do not have a secure area for your personal belongings. We encourage you to leave all personal items with family members or friends attending the ceremony. Back to Top
How will I know that I have met ALL degree and financial requirements for graduation?
Check Bulldog Connection to make sure that you do not have any negative service indicators. If a negative service indicator exists, click on the indicator for addition instructions.
Academically, make sure that all of your grades are in. (Check Bulldog Connection) and monitor your outstanding grades.
If a grade has not been posted more than 72 hours after your final exam, contact your instructor to be certain that you have completed all of the course requirements.
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If grades of NG or I are submitted as final grades, contact your instructor to make sure that you have completed all of the course requirements. You are not eligible for graduation with grades of “D” in a major requirement, “F”, “NG” or “I”.
How do I know that I have been cleared for graduation and can pick up my academic regalia?
The Office of the Registrar will send emails to all students at their Bowie email address with notification of the graduation status. Print the clearance letter and take it to the Bookstore to pick up or purchase your regalia. Regalia will not be issued without the clearance letter. So it is important to make sure that your Bowie State email account is active. Back to Top
If I do not complete my degree requirements in December, will my name automatically roll over to the May list for graduation?
No. You must reapply for May graduation. You will not be required to pay an additional graduation fee. Back to Top
I need a final transcript to verify that I have graduated. How soon can I request my final transcript?
Transcripts will not be processed the week of December 16-20 since the Office of the Registrar will be clearing students’ records. You will be able to make transcript requests starting January 2, 2014. Back to Top