Deadlines approach for graduation applications ‘Destination Graduation’ is seen on the horizon

As the sand keeps running through the hourglass for seniors and their college careers, they are reminded to be aware of the steps towards a successful graduation and the opportunities for help.

Applications for degrees are due tomorrow for seniors graduating in Aug. 2006 and April 24 for students graduating in Dec. 2006. Along with your application for degree, students need to have an official degree plan filed with the registrar’s office before your application for a degree can be accepted.

Students can pick up applications at the registrar’s office or students can print an application online through a link at and should be turned into the registrar’s office by 5:00 p.m. on Friday.

There is a $25 fee for applications and an extra $25 late fee will be added for students who apply after the deadline.

Graduating seniors with questions about what steps to make regarding graduation should mark their calendars for “Destination Graduation” being held on March 29 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the HKC.

“Someone from each department will be there to answer any questions that students may have. People from financial aid, people from admissions office will be there to let students know if they owe money to the university and also people from the school with cap and gown information,” said registrar’s office employee Tiffany West.

Seniors must have completed a minimum of 128 hours; 42 of those hours should be advanced. Twenty-four hours of advanced hours must be “in residence,” 12 advanced hours “in residence” coming from your major and six advanced hours “in residence” coming from your minor.

The registrar’s office is offering help for students who do not know they are missing hours of credit for graduation in certain areas.

“Lacking letters did go out in the mail yesterday to let students know if they are lacking courses to graduate. If students are lacking degree requirements, they need to contact their major department about what courses they may be lacking,” said West.

If a student finds out about hours that are lacking, students will have one more deadline to make.

“April 21, 2006 is the deadline to move your graduation date without having to pay a late fee,” said Tiffany West.

To speak to someone about graduation information, contact the registrar’s office at (936) 294-4245 from 8 a.m. to 5p.m. or visit for more information. For more on “Destination Graduation,” e-mail your questions to or call the graduation office at (936) 294-3493.

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