Graduation Information

Graduation is a term used when all academic requirements have been met and a degree has been awarded. Commencement is a ceremony to honor students who have met graduation requirements and students who anticipate fulfilling graduation requirements by the end of the following term. Participation in the Commencement Ceremony does not guarantee graduation.

Petitions to graduate

Petition to graduate is a necessary step you must take before you can graduate. You must submit a petition to graduate in order for your degree to be formally awarded and to receive your diploma. 

Students are primarily responsible for monitoring their own progress toward degree completion and for meeting all graduation requirements. Prior to the beginning of their final semester students must contact the academic advisor and initiate a degree audit before starting graduation formalities.

Undergraduate and Graduate students will need to pick up a Petition form from the Office of the Registrar and complete it with their academic advisor. The advisor must complete a degree audit to accompany the petition. A graduation fee is payable at the Business Office where the form will be signed. The signed petition and degree audit should then be filed with the Office of the Registrar. Both the petition and the degree audit will be valid for one year. If graduation requirements are not met within one year, the student should submit another petition and degree audit.


Diplomas are dispatched by Webster University, St. Louis to the Athens campus approximately 8-10 weeks after the official date of graduation. They are checked by the Webster Athens, Office of the Registrar and Business Office, and diplomas pertaining to students with outstanding financial obligations or books on loan from the library are placed on “hold “. They are released when all financial obligations have been cleared.  All diplomas are sent to student’s permanent address by courier. Make sure that your mailing address is up to date.

Commencement Ceremony

The commencement ceremony is held in Athens once a year. usually after the end of the Spring II term.