If you are within three classes from finishing your degree or planning on attending National University's annual commencement exercises, you may be ready to begin the graduation process. Before you begin, plan on spending a few minutes with your student advisor to check your schedule of classes with your Academic Advisement  Report (the document that specified your course requirements after your academic records were officially evaluated) to see if you have met your requirements for graduation.

Graduation is a three-step process:

Step 1
Submit the Application for Degree form during the application period for your degree conferral date. Applications are available for submission electronically online through your Student Portal.

Remember, all remaining course work should be scheduled before your application can be processed for graduation.

Degree Conferral Dates* Application Periods
9/18/2016 Apply by 9/16/2016
11/20/2016 Apply by 11/18/2016
1/15/2017 Apply by 1/13/2017
3/19/2017 Apply by 3/17/2017
5/21/2017 Apply by 5/19/2017
7/16/2017 Apply by 7/14/2017


* The conferral date is the date in which your degree will be officially awarded.

Step 2
Complete all academic requirements for your degree by the deadline for course completion. All courses must be completed prior to the degree conferral date. Courses completed after the conferral date will be processed for the next conferral date.

Step 3
Settle all financial obligations, including payment of the graduation fee, prior to your conferral date. If you have outstanding financial obligations at the time diplomas are mailed out, your diploma will be filed away until you notify the Graduation Department that you have met all financial obligations.

Please be advised that diplomas will take approximately 6-8 weeks after your conferral date to arrive. If you need additional information, please contact the Graduation Department at