The Catholic University of America

Archived 6-29-09

Academic Graduate
Commencement and Diploma

I. Commencement
Each candidate who has fulfilled all degree requirements and has been recommended to the Academic Senate by the faculty is required to attend the commencement exercises, unless excused by the provost of the university. A student so excused must notify the dean and registrar that he or she will not be in attendance. Arrangements must be made with the registrar for forwarding the diploma.

The list of candidates for degrees approved by the Academic Senate and deposited in the Office of the Registrar is the official record of students who have graduated from the university

II. Diploma
At the commencement exercises, the university awards a diploma to each student upon whom a degree is conferred provided a diploma application has been filed. The diploma is awarded under the name specified on the diploma application. Subsequent requests for issuance of replacement diplomas will be honored only upon submission by the student of a notarized statement that the original has been lost, stolen or destroyed and upon payment of the required fee.

A graduating student who has an outstanding bill with any department of the university will not receive a diploma until such balance is paid in full.