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Graduation Checklist

Want to walk across the stage, or walk the plank? Items marked with an asterisk are required to graduate; the rest are highly suggested. Deadlines are in bold.


Submit your Application for Diploma*

  • December Graduates: October 1, 2015
  • May Graduates: February 2, 2016

Subscribe to the Class of 2016 Calendar

This calendar will automatically be added to your Google Calendars and provide you with information and reminders about Class of 2016 events, deadlines and more.

Sign your scholarship thank you note

This may not apply to all students. For questions contact Susan Stubbs.

Order your cap & gown*

A $20 late fee will be applied to orders made after the deadline.

Reserve tickets to Commencement (Spring 2016)

Commencement tickets will only be issued upon clearance from the Business Office and Registrar’s Office. Be sure to pay any outstanding fees and fines as well as complete all paperwork.

Complete online exit counseling for your student loans.

This may not apply to all students. You will receive a mailing regarding this process in May, after graduation. Contact the Office of Financial Aid with any questions. 

Contact the Business Office*

  • To make sure your financial affairs are in order and learn of next steps so that your loan repayment is seamless and successful.
  • To be sure that all library fines, traffic tickets, discipline fines, student health services charges, etc. are paid.

Make your Senior Gift 

Sign the Cullen Tower 

Tower Day dates and times TBD

Order your Southwestern signet ring

Southwestern Rings can be ordered by contacting Balfour at 866-225-3687. The Ring Ceremony will be held on February 13, at 1:30 p.m.

Place your order by January 30, 2016 in order to participate in the Ring Ceremony. 

Visit Career Services

Attend Grad Fair (Tuesday, March 1)

Attend the Ring Ceremony (Saturday, February 13)

The Ring Ceremony will take place on Saturday, February 13 at 1:30 p.m. Ring must be purchased by December 4, 2015 to participate.

Vote for: 

  • Your Class Delegate
  • Your Class Agent
  • Young Alumni Board of Trustee
  • Student Commencement Speaker

Save/transfer all items from your Moodle and Google accounts

Migrate to your alumni email address

Beginning in late April 2016

Prepare for post-graduate life