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Helpful Hints to Prepare for Graduation


The Spring 2018 GRAD FINALE will be held on Wednesday, March 28th from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the basement of the Wilkinson Alumni Center. This is your opportunity to pick up your cap and gown and take care of many of your graduation tasks all at one time. Information concerning Financial Assistance Exit Interviews, graduation fee payment, ordering graduation announcements and more will be available! Participation in this event usually takes less than an hour. You may call the Degree Checking Office, 620-235-4211, if you have any questions.


Payment of the Graduation Fee is required for anyone receiving a degree in May or July 2018. The fee is $55 for Undergraduate degrees and $65 for Graduate degrees. This mandatory fee does not include any additional overseas mailing costs for mailing your diploma. An Undergraduate student, who has been approved to apply for graduation, may do so online—near the bottom of the GUS audit—by accessing the ‘Apply For Graduation’ box and following the directions for completing this application.  If you cannot access this feature on your GUS Audit, please go to the Degree Checking Office, 102 Russ Hall, to obtain a Fee Card. A Graduate student obtains a fee statement when petitioning for candidacy. Contact the Graduate and Continuing Studies Office [112 Russ Hall, 620-235-4218] if you have any questions concerning the Candidacy procedures. Note: Friday, March 30th is the last day to apply for graduation and pay the Graduation Fee for the Spring 2018 Commencement.


Undergraduate students who are graduating with the University Scholastic Honors Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, or Cum Laude are designated by ribbons and medallions worn around the neck. University Scholastic Honors, will be listed in the Commencement Program based on course work completed prior to the graduates final semester. Undergraduate students who graduate with these distinctions will be notified in the near future.

Undergraduate students who have participated in the Departmental Academic Honors Program and who are graduating with Departmental Academic Honors are designated by gold cording worn around the neck. Students will be notified where to obtain their cording in the near future.


All students will pick up their name card in the East concession area in the Garfield W. Weede Physical Education Building. See commencement map. If your name is difficult to pronounce correctly, please assist those who will be announcing your name by writing in the phonetic spelling on the name card.   All students will assemble in the Plaster Center to the East of the Garfield W. Weede Physical Education Building.


No rehearsal will be held. See Your Graduation Day - Agenda to learn more about where to meet, how to line up and the processional. There will be a Marshall to assist you with the process during commencement.


Your diploma will be mailed to you within a month of your graduation term provided all graduation requirements have been met. If you are an undergraduate student you may notify our Degree Checking Office if you would prefer to pick up your diploma from them. Please contact them via phone at 620-235-4211, email or visit the office at 102 Russ Hall.  Graduate students may notify Graduate and Continuing Studies Office if you would prefer to pick up your diploma. If you attend commencement, you will be given an empty cover. If you do not attend commencement, your diploma and cover will be provided at a later time.

HOODING (Graduate students)

All graduate students should have received a hood with your cap and gown.

Masters students, you will carry this hood over your right arm and be hooded by the Dean of the Graduate School as you cross the stage.

Ed.S and Doctoral students, you will carry this hood over your right arm and be hooded by your academic advisor as you cross the stage. Be sure to write the name of your advisor on your name card when you arrive for your ceremony so that their name can be announced with yours as you are hooded.

Please review these instructions for more information: Graduate Student Hooding Instructions for Commencement


PSU will webcast the Spring 2018 commencement via live stream at  The webcast will start shortly before the ceremony on May 11th and 12th. An archived copy of the ceremony will be available online at - simply select the video on demand option. A sign language interpreter will be part of the broadcast. Questions should be directed to University Marketing and Communication at 620-235-4122 Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Please be wearing your regalia and pick up your name card at the East concession area and gather with your fellow graduates in the Plaster Center at least 20 minutes prior to your ceremony. See commencement map. Processional begins promptly 5 minutes prior to beginning of ceremony. Faculty Marshals will escort students and will lead degree candidates to their seats. If you wish to sit with another graduating student, be sure to walk behind or in front of that student. Childcare is not provided and children are not permitted to cross the stage with the graduate.


There will be a program in your seat once you are in the auditorium. Remember to leave the program in your seat as you proceed to the stage so you will have a free hand to accept your diploma cover and shake hands.


Candidates who have not already obtained caps and gowns should contact the University Bookstore (Student Center) immediately or call 620-235-4875. All persons who receive degrees will wear caps and gowns for the ceremony.

The cap should be worn with (1) the deep part at the back of the head, (2) the hair completely concealed in front, (3) the top level, (4) the tassel over the right temple. Corsages and/or jewelry should not be worn on the gowns and no handbags carried. All candidates should wear dark shoes. Ladies wear dark slacks or dresses and men wear dress shirts with ties and dark slacks.


Your safety is of our utmost importance. Please take a moment to acquaint yourself with the building and the exits. Should an emergency arise, please listen for announcements to safely direct your actions. Severe Weather Emergency Plan

An ambulance will be parked at the southwest doors of the Weede Gymnasium during Commencement ceremonies. Should an emergency arise, refer any person needing medical assistance to the personnel stationed with the ambulance by calling 911. Address of the Weede Gymnasium is 1701 S. Homer Street, Pittsburg, KS 66762.