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Registrar to launch graduation website

Published: Monday, February 4, 2013

Updated: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 10:09

Starting in February, the Office of the Registrar will launch a new website to simplify the process of graduation and commencement for itself and students.

The website will allow students to look at the advising worksheet and program guide available on PointWeb. These sheets will enable students to see the required courses needed for his or her major, along with credit requirements. Outside of the website, the Registrar said students should still be keeping their schedule up to date with their advisors.

“Advisors should work with students to ensure that all requirements are met and no changes need to be made,” said Director of Registration Daniell Matthews Tuesday over the phone. “They [advisors] should keep in touch with students to ensure there is no miscommunication.”

Most majors require 120 credits to graduate, so after students have earned 90 credits, an email is sent to him or her at the start of each semester as a reminder to apply for graduation approval, according to the Registrar.

 The earlier students apply, the sooner the applications will be reviewed. Once students have met all of the academic and credit requirements,the Registrar will then send an email to all students and their advisors on whether they have met these requirements. The Registrar then looks at whether the student owes the University in any way.

Diplomas will be held for any student that owes the University money and/or any materials. Student Affairs will then send a letter and email to all students who have met these requirements; however, the Registrar said that students should keep in mind that only two people are responsible for reviewing hundreds of applications, so the process can be time consuming.

Students can apply as soon as they are notified that he or she is able to graduate in order to find out sooner. The final day to apply for spring graduation was Sept. 30, 2012, and summer graduates were to apply by Jan. 30, 2013.

After applying for graduation promptly after a reminder was sent via email in September, senior musical theatre major A.J. D’Alfonso finds the situation to be a bit aggravating.

“I feel I have been prepared by my advisor,” D’Alfonso said Saturday Lawrence Hall. “But I would say I've had basically zero interaction or guidance from the Registrar. Since everything is online only if you need to withdrawal or have an issue, do you really go up there now? So effectively, they've been zero help in getting ready for graduation.”

Not all students have found the graduation registration as difficult as others. Junior acting major Michelle Sayah, an early graduating student, found the process to be rather seamless, and in fact has already received her graduation approval via email.

“It helped because I was prepared,” Sayah said Thursday in the café. The past four years were spent carefully planning each step in preparation for graduation. “Communication between the Registrar was great, but between the advisors and myself could’ve been better.”

Students can visit the Commencement 2013 website which can be found when searching “commencement” on PointWeb.

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