If you will finish your degree by the end of the Fall 2015 or Winter 2015 terms, you are
invited to participate in the commencement ceremonies on Friday, December 18, 2015, in the Skydome. See the university commencement website for more details.
The application deadlines for Fall and Winter 2015 graduation was May 1, 2015. The application deadline for Spring and Summer 2016 graduation is December 1, 2015. Missing the application deadline means your name will not appear in the commencement program and possibly a delayed graduation date, so make it happen!
Graduation Requirements and Policy
See the NAU official graduation policy
, including graduate degree and certificate requirements, thesis and dissertation requirements, and academic recognition in the Academic Catalog.
Applying for Graduation
You must file an application for graduation with the
Graduate College in order to confirm that you have
met all degree requirements. If you expect to complete degree requirements during the summer term, but wish to participate in the preceding spring commencement, you must submit your application for graduation by the spring term deadline. Please be aware that participating in commencement does NOT guarantee
that you will complete degree requirements or receive a diploma.
Application Forms and Deadlines
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The graduation application form for a master’s or doctoral degree
or for a graduate certificate
- completed by you
- signed by you, your adviser, and your department
- received by the Graduate College by the date listed below:
|Graduation Term |
Changes or Additions to
Last Day to Submit
an Application for
|Fall 2015||May 1st||September 1st||December 18, 2015|
|Winter 2015||May 1st||September 1st ||January 15, 2016|
|Spring 2016||December 1st||February 1st||May 13, 2016|
|Summer 2016||December 1st||February 1st||August 9, 2016|
Please include the following documents when you submit your application:
- a current program of study
- an unofficial transcript
The graduation application must include all signatures and attachments and be submitted to the Graduate College by the date listed above to be considered complete.
Please allow six to eight weeks for the application process.
Changing an Approved Graduation Application
If you need to add, delete, or change items after your
graduation application has been approved, you must complete and sign an Addendum form. Get
the signature of your advisor, department chair, and the Graduate College, and then
submit the form to the Graduate College.
At the time of graduation, if you have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.90 or higher for all courses taken at Northern Arizona University on your plan of study, NAU will recognize you with the notation "with distinction" on your transcript.
Cap and Gown for Master's and Doctoral Graduates
Cap, gown, hood, and announcement information can be
obtained through the Bookstore.
Posting of Degrees
Degree Posted to Transcript
The Office of the Registrar must confirm all grades before your degree will post, which could take four to six weeks.
Rush Requests for Degree Posting
To request a rush for degree posting, you must complete the Transcript Request form with the Office of the Registrar. For more information about rush requests, please refer to the official graduation policy.
Verification Letters before your Degree is Conferred
If you have an approved graduation application on file, you may
request a letter of verification indicating that:
- “Fulfillment of degree requirements is in
- “All degree requirements are completed” (if you
will have completed all coursework after Summer Session I, or are a statewide
student finishing coursework mid-fall or mid-spring term)
We do not provide a letter stating that your degree has been
Include in your request:
- your name
- your degree program
- your NAU ID number
- the address and/or fax number you want the
letter sent to
- your telephone number and mailing address
Submitting Your Request
The Graduate College
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-4125
Receiving Your Diploma
Every effort is made to mail diplomas four weeks from the
date your degree was posted to the transcript. Any financial hold placed by the
Student and Departmental Account Services office will prevent the mailing of
your diploma. If you have not received your diploma within 60 days of your
graduation date, please contact the Graduation Coordinator at