Are you ready to graduate - to earn your LMU degree?

To start the graduation process, you must inform the University of your intent to graduate in a specific term by submitting an online Application for Degree. Apply for the term in which you will complete your degree program. You are strongly encouraged to apply for the degree as soon as possible after registering for your last term; this will give you time to address any unmet requirements before the degree date.

Application Deadlines

Degree Conferral Date
Filing Dates
May 5 or 6, 2018 Friday, January 12, 2018: Students must apply by this date to be considered for department and university awards.
August 31, 2018 Friday, August 31, 2018: Application deadline
December 31, 2018 Monday, December 31, 2018: Application deadline
  • Graduation and Commencement: The same thing?

    No, and it is important to understand how they differ.

    To graduate from LMU means that you have earned your degree and the Registrar's Office has posted the degree to your academic transcript. This is the official statement of the University that you have graduated.

    Students must apply for a degree to participate in Commencement.

    You are eligible to participate in Commencement 2018 if you have applied for your degree and meet one of the following criteria:

    • Awarded a degree in August or December 2017
    • Bachelor’s or Master's candidates with intent to graduate in May 2018
    • Bachelor's candidates with no more than 30 semester hours remaining who can complete all degree requirements by the August or December 2018 semester without a unit overload in any of the remaining terms
    • Master’s candidates with no more than 6 semester hours to complete by August or December 2018
    • Doctoral candidates with approval from the Doctoral Program

    Participation in Commencement does not imply that you have graduated or will graduate with an LMU degree. You must meet degree requirements as indicated for your respective program to earn an LMU degree.

  • Where Do I Begin?

    Consider these items before submitting your application to graduate.

    Your degree audit (DegreeWorks or CAPP) MUST show all requirements as met or in progress. If you do not see a green checkmark or a tilde in the checkbox (DW) or No or Not Met (CAPP) next to a degree requirement when you apply, you will not graduate. It is your sole responsibility as a student to ensure your audit shows all requirements met before you will graduate.

    • Questions about your degree audit or requirements? See your advisor.
    • Unmet requirements which need an adjustment? File the necessary forms.
    • Do you see something you think should already be corrected? Contact your college's Academic Records Coordinator in the Office of the Registrar.

    Apply to graduate in the term in which all degree requirements will be met. If you have a minor or second major, you must complete these prior to or in the same term as your major.

    • If you have majored in two different Colleges or Schools, the degree earned corresponds to the primary major, e.g., a student whose first major is English and second major is Chemistry will get a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a Chemistry second major. If you are a double major, submit one application for the degree including the second major. You will receive one diploma which will mention both majors (concentrations and minors do not appear on the diploma).
    • If you complete more than one degree, you will submit an application for each degree and receive a diploma for each degree.

    Please review your audit to confirm that degree and program requirements are met. Consult with your academic advisor or Associate Dean’s Office to address any outstanding requirements before registering for the graduation term and/or the for your college/school in the Office of the Registrar.

    Courses or requirements not met should alert you that you may not qualify to graduate. It is your responsibility to read, understand, comply with the degree requirements printed in the LMU Bulletin Undergraduate & Graduate Degree Requirements and to take action to address all outstanding issues before the degree-granting date. No one else may do this for you.

    You may submit an Application for Degree if your audit shows unmet requirements. In cases where the audit report is not met, consider the following:

    • Is your registration finalized?
      • Be aware that after the first week of classes, late registration may not be approved.
    • Did substituting one course for another fulfill the requirement?
      • A Petition for Degree Audit Adjustment must be approved by the Dean’s Office and submitted to the Office of the Registrar before the end of the degree term.
    • Is the requirement to be fulfilled by transfer work from another school?
      • Send the official transcript(s) from that school and Transfer Course Approval to the Office of the Registrar. Refer to PROWL (Student Services > Student Records > Transfer Information) to confirm that all transfer work is entered.
        • Work taken elsewhere for Spring 2018 must be completed prior to the end of the LMU Spring semester in order to qualify for graduation. LMU does not allow enrollment at LMU and another school in the same term if the transfer courses are to be used for degree credit.
    • Are there any grades of Incomplete on your record?
      • You may not graduate with an Incomplete in a degree-required course. If the instructor submits an Incomplete grade on the final grade sheet, the student's application is canceled. There is no grace period to make up an Incomplete before the degree date.
    • Do you have a second major and/or any minor which is not complete?
      • If you are not actively pursuing a declared second major and/or minor, it is important that you drop it officially no later than the end of the degree term. Run a “What-if Analysis” to check the progress of a second major that is in a different College or School than the primary major.
  • Application for Degree

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    Students inform LMU of their intent to graduate by submitting an application for degree; the University does not submit applications for students. All applicants file for degree in the term in which they qualify to graduate.

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    After submission of the application, you will receive an email at the address supplied on the form confirming the data you entered. Please allow 10 business days for processing and then confirm the degree status in PROWL: Student Services > Student Records > View Degree Information.

    Changes to Diploma Name after Submission

    To change your legal name after having submitted an application, submit another Application for Degree with the appropriate option checked or email Your new diploma name be viewed in PROWL: Student Services > Student Records > View Degree Information.

    Remember, only legal names as found on your student record may be printed on the diploma; nicknames or unverified alternate names, e.g., a married or family name, are not accepted. To change your student name on record, use this form.‌

    Changes to Diploma Address after Submission

    If you need to change your diploma address, submit another application for Degree with the appropriate option checked or email prior to the order date. You may view both the diploma address and the order date on PROWL: Student Services > Student Records > View Degree Information.

  • Degree Application Status Codes

    When your application has been processed, you will see one of the following status codes in PROWL: Student Services > Student Records > View Degree Information.

    The status is given at the time of the processing of the application and may not reflect the current degree audit status. In all cases, the status of the degree audit is the one to follow.

    • PN - Pending
      • Your audit shows all academic requirements as met, and presuming successful completion of currently enrolled courses, you should expect to earn your degree.
      • Note: Application status remains PN until the degrees are posted for that term.
    • MR - Missing Requirements
      • Your audit shows that you have not completed the academic requirements.
      • Consult your advisor and/or Dean's Office to address unmet requirements on your degree audit. If necessary, process a degree audit adjustment(s).
      • If you do not address the unmet requirements, your application will be canceled.
    • CN - Degree Application Canceled
      • Your audit shows unmet requirements on the degree date; your application has been canceled. You must re-apply for your degree in the term in which your audit shows all requirements as met. Degrees may not be backdated.
    • AC - Application Canceled
      • Your audit shows that you were not eligible to apply for the degree in the term you submitted. You must re-apply for the term in which your audit shows all requirements as met.
  • Degree Awarding and Cancellation

    Awarding of Degree

    If you applied for a degree by the deadline and your audit shows ALL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS as MET, you are a candidate for degree posting. After conferral with the Deans' Offices, the degree is conferred and posted to the transcript by the Office of the Registrar. Please note that the posting of degrees may take up to 30 business days after the awarding date.


    You do not receive your diploma during the Commencement ceremony; rather, diplomas are mailed to the address you provided on the application approximately two to three weeks after the degree has posted.

    If you have a Controller's Hold (Student Services > Registration > View Holds), your diploma will be available after the hold is released by Student Financial Services. Please inform the Office of the Registrar of the hold removal with this form.

    Duplicate diplomas may be ordered by completing this form.

    Cancellation of Degree

    The following items on your record will result in cancellation of degree:

    • You must complete the minimum number of units required for your degree program. Your unit total is not rounded-up - even a fraction of a unit short of the required minimum will result in degree cancellation.
    • The GPA does not fulfill stated minimum requirements. Specifically, Undergraduates cannot graduate with a cumulative GPA or a major GPA below 2.0. Master’s and Doctoral candidates cannot graduate with a cumulative GPA below 3.0.
    • All degree requirements are not met. This includes fieldwork, examinations, etc., that are completed after coursework is finished.
    • A second major and/or minor(s) is unfinished.
    • All required coursework is not completed and/or outstanding paperwork is not submitted to the Office of the Registrar by the end of the term for which the degree is pending, including an Application for Degree for each degree being earned.
    • You receive an Incomplete grade in a course required for the degree.
    • Should it be necessary to take courses elsewhere before degree work is completed, a Transfer Course Approval may be completed IF the term and course end of the transferring institution are prior to the LMU graduation date. For example, if you take a course at a community college where the spring semester ends AFTER LMU's spring term graduation date, you are ineligible for the spring degree and the degree application will be canceled. LMU does not allow concurrent enrollment for the purpose of transferring degree credit.

    Reapplying for Degree

    If your degree audit shows the Overall Degree Requirements are NOT MET, you will not graduate. You will need to submit another degree application for the term in which you will finish all requirements. Your degree date will be the one in the term when degree requirements are met. Degree dates are not backdated.

    If you are using transfer work to complete degree requirements, the Office of the Registrar must have received the signed Transfer Course Approval(s) and official transcript(s) from the institution(s) within 30 working days of the end of the degree date. Items received after that date will not be applicable to the graduation term and will cause the application to be cancelled.

    If you have questions concerning missing requirements, you may contact your Academic Records Coordinator in Office of the Registrar and/or your Associate Dean's Office.