Follow These Steps to Graduation Day

If you’re within three classes from finishing your degree and plan 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 academic 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 Graduation form during the application period for your degree conferral date. Applications are available for submission electronically online through your Student Portal.

Please select the conferral date that falls after the end date of your final course. Your selected conferral date may be adjusted at the discretion of the graduation department.

Degree Conferral Dates* Application Periods
12/20/2020 Apply by 12/18/2020
01/17/2021 Apply by 01/15/2021
02/21/2021 Apply by 02/19/2021

* 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. In the event that you have not completed requirements by your anticipated conferral date, the graduation department will automatically move your application to the next conferral period.

Step 3

Please be advised that due to the ongoing health crisis, the University has shifted exclusively to distribution of digital diplomas. This process will continue in accordance with the County of San Diego guidance. Once normal operations resume, diplomas will automatically be mailed out to students. If you need additional information, please contact the Graduation department at