Graduation/Commencement: Frequently Asked Questions
Graduation/Commencement: (updated 08/01/21)
1. I am graduating in this semester - What do I need to know?
Refer to the Office of the Registrar Graduation page as well as the University Commencement website for additional information.
2. How do I receive my honor cords?
Student's who have applied to graduate and are determined by the last fully graded semester on record to be a Candidate for Scholastic/Latin Honors will recieve notification from their College Dean's Office on pick-up options.
2a. How are Honors Determined?
Typically, the honor cords are distributed prior to the end of the semester and are based on your prior semester GPA (i.e. Fall 2021 graduates were based on the Spring or Summer 2021 GPA). This is known as "Candidacy for Honors" and is not the official honors designation that will be listed on your diploma and the official transcript.
Your Honors Cord may not align with the Honors posted on your diploma and the official transcript. Information on Graduation Honors (undergraduate degrees only) can be found on the Graduation Honors website.
If you have questions about your Graduation Honors (after receiving your diploma) please contact the Office of the Registrar at KSUgraduation@k-state.edu
3. When should I expect my degree would be conferred (posted to my academic record)? (added 5/29/20)
The Office of the Registrar will begin reviewing potential graduates as approved by their Academic college, approximately one week after grades are due (see the academic calendar for exact dates). Awarding of degrees takes approximately 4-6 weeks for review and it is anticipated initial degree posting will occur one month following the grade deadline for the semester.
5. How do I know if my degree has been conferred? (added 5/29/20)
Once your degree has been conferred (posted), your unofficial and official transcript/academic history will reflect this information.
6. When should I expect my diploma? (added 5/29/20)
Diplomas will be mailed to the Diploma Mailing Address indicated on your graduation application approximately six to eight weeks after graduation. Diploma mailing address changes must be made in KSIS on your graduation application no later than the Friday of the end of the semester. All financial holds, including Exit Interviews, must be cleared before the diploma will be released.
7. I had a hold on my account preventing the release of my diploma and it has been resolved - What do I need todo?
When a hold that has been resolved and released allowing your diploma or transcript to now be available, know that the system will not automatically identify that the hold has been removed and that your diploma should be mailed. Instead you need to contact email@example.com as soon as the hold has been removed so we can work with you to determine next steps.
Depending on how long it has been since your degree conferral will depend on additional information that may be required - such as updated email, phone, mailing address, etc... It may also be that the original diploma that printed is no longer in our physical repository requiring that a new one be ordered/printed resulting in the need to walk through the replacement diploma processess and payment options.