An application for graduation needs to be submitted one year prior to your anticipated graduation. Applications are online.

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Important Notes:

  • If you are completing a minor or second major, please prepare an electronic copy of the minor form to upload to the graduation application before applying. Only completed applications with appropriate forms will be included on academic record. See forms below for more information.
  • Last day for applications for Summer 2019: July 12, 2019
  • Last day for applications for Autumn 2019: October 25, 2019

Important Forms

  • Minor Planning Form

    If you will be graduating with a minor, use the minor planning form or submit an approved form from the department granting the minor. Some minors require a department signature; see the form for details. 

    Submit this form at the same time as your Application for Graduation. 

    Minor Planning Form

    For more specific information about your minor and if a signature is needed Click Here

  • Commencement Ceremony Excuse Form

    Unabe to make it to the official commencement ceremony? Please fill out the following form. 

    Commencement Excuse Form

  • Early Grade Release Form

    Need to transfer credit to meet degree requirements? All outstanding transfer credit needs to be posted by week 7 of your graduation term. Click here for instructions.

    Taking credit at Columbus State Community College your last term? Go to the following website for instructions: Click Here

    Please note: Students may only use the early grade release form if it is their last, graduating term. 

Priority Scheduling: Graduating Seniors

To receive priority scheduling, applications should be turned in by the fourth Friday of the term. See important deadlines below:

Graduation Term Turn in Application Scheduling Priority Deadline
SU 19 SU 18 For terms SP 18 & SU 18 apply by September 17, 2018
AU 19 AU 18 For terms AU 18 & SP 18 apply by September 14, 2018
SP 20 SP 19 For terms AU 19 & SP 20, apply by February 1, 2019
SU 20 SU 19 For Terms SP 19 and SU 19, apply by February 1, 2019

Graduation Timeline

  • Year Prior

    2-3 semesters before graduation

    Turn in an application for Baccalaureate Degree. This application will be reviewed and you will receive feedback on your academic plan to complete degree requirements.

  • Final Term

    Week 1

    Applications will be audited the week before classes start. If there are any problems or issues, you will be notified via email. This allows you to make any scheduling changes the first week of classes.

    Weeks 6-8

    Applications will once again be audited. If there are any remaining problems, you will be notified via your OSU email. Please contact Terri Hoying by e-mail at if you believe there is discrepancy or if you are able to fix your problem.

    Week 11

    Your personal information will be available to review; this includes name on the diploma, specializations, minors, 2nd majors, hometown, and possible honors distinction (final honors decisions are made when all classes are completed and grades turned in). If there is any information that is not correct contact Terri Hoying by e-mail at

    All name changes need to be done at the Student Services Building on Lane Avenue and completed before Week 14 of your graduation term.

    Week 13

    You will receive graduation instructions and line number this week. Because students receive their own diplomas at graduation, line numbers are assigned to each student in order to receive the correct diploma.

    Week 14

    Fill out an absence from commencement form if you are unable attend the commencement by the 14th Friday. Forms are available online (see section above) or