Monday, January 26, 2015

Don't Get Left Behind: Graduation Deadline is Feb. 1


You've likely spent at least a couple of years working towards a degree. You're not going to give it all up by falling behind, are you?

Spring graduation might be several months away, but the deadline to apply is less than a week away.
The final deadline to turn in your graduation application is Feb. 1, but Vol State's Office of Records and Registration will accept applications through Monday, Feb. 2. Students who apply by the final deadline date are expected to follow up with their advisors and DegreeWorks to ensure they have met the requirements to graduate.

Graduation analyst Amber Regan said it's extremely important for students who have yet to apply to use DegreeWorks via the My Vol State to audit themselves to make sure they aren't missing requirements they will need to graduate.

"Schedule an appointment with an advisor to go over your graduation packet and keep an eye on your DegreeWorks audit, because that's what I use to audit students and it's what I use to graduate students. If they see something that's missing or see something that's wrong on their degree works, they can talk to their advisor or contact me," Regan said.
To apply to graduate, you must have completed one of the following requirements: 30 hours toward an associate degree, half of the coursework required for a two or more semester certificate program, or are currently enrolled in a one semester certificate program.
Another important aspect of making sure everything is ready to go for graduation is double-checking to see if your major and catalog year are correctly filed with the Admissions office. Regan said DegreeWorks pulls the information for an audit based on what major is on file. If the major is incorrect, fill out the appropriate paperwork and turn it into the Admissions office.
If you don't apply by the final deadline, you will have to wait until the end of the summer semester to graduate.
Graduation packets can be picked up from the Records office, or they can be found online. For more information on graduation application, including a comprehensive checklist of prerequisites, visit the graduation page, or visit the Records office in Room 183 in the Ramer Administration Building. The office is open from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.




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