Registrar's Office

Graduation Application and Requirements - Graduates

Degrees are conferred three times a year:

Graduation Term Graduation Date Application Submission Period
Fall 2016 Dec. 16, 2016 March 28 – April 13, 2016
Spring 2017 May 19, 2017 October 24 – November 22, 2016
Summer 2017 August 31, 2017 March 20 – April 17, 2017

Graduate Student Graduation Process


Graduate students must officially apply for graduation with their department. If you are unable to apply for spring 2017 graduation, please contact your Department Chair and Graduation Services immediately via email at


In addition to degree requirements, a candidate for a graduate degree must meet Academic, Residence and Catalog requirements and regulations in effect at the time of initial enrollment. Refer to the Graduate Catalog at the time of initial enrollment.

Check with your Graduate Program Coordinator to verify that all graduation requirements have been met. Only students who have been certified for graduation by the Graduate School and the Office of the Registrar may participate in the ceremonies. Students who have been certified for graduation are those students who have applied for graduation and who are currently enrolled in the remaining required courses to complete their degrees. Moreover, students who have completed degree requirements during the preceding summer or fall terms are eligible to participate in the Spring Commencement exercises and must contact the Registrar’s Office.


A student who is graduating and has a subsidized or unsubsidized student loan during their matriculation, must complete the mandatory exit questionnaire counseling form online at  The loan counseling process takes approximately 1 hour. For further information, please contact the Financial Aid Office at (336) 750-3280.


1. The graduation fee of $50.00 is automatically charged to your account by the Registrar’s Office.
    Please clear with Billings & Receivables to ensure you have no outstanding charges on your
    account. Any subsequent charges to your account after this clearance period will be billed to you.

2. You must register with the Winston-Salem State University Alumni Relations Office before final
    clearance is granted. For additional information, contact Catherine Snipes at (336) 750-3491 or

3. Complete the on-line mandatory Graduate Student Exit Survey. You must complete this survey
    before final clearance is granted.


• Meet with your Academic Advisor or Department Chair to verify all requirements have been met.
• Complete and submit the application for graduation to Academic Advisor or Department Chair.
• Purchase regalia from the bookstore, observing deadlines.
• Pay all outstanding financial obligations.
• Register with the Alumni Office.
• Complete Graduate Student Exit Survey.
• Pick up Honor Cords on the day before Spring Commencement exercises.
• Attend Spring Commencement rehearsal.
• Participate in Spring Commencement exercises.

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