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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 4, 2017
  • May & Summer Graduates: February 3, 2018

Subscribe to the Class of 2018 Calendar

This calendar will automatically be added to your Google Calendars and provide you with information and reminders about Class of 2018 events, deadlines and more.

Sign your scholarship thank you note

This may not apply to all students. For questions contact Maria Kruger.

Order your cap & gown*

A $20 late fee will be applied after March 13.

Reserve tickets to Commencement (Spring 2018)

If your financial balances are cleared and all appropriate paperwork filed with the Records Office, Commencement tickets will be distributed to you in advance.  Otherwise, tickets will be available at the will-call booth on Commencement day, but on a space-available basis.  

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 24.
  • Place your order by January 4, 2018 in order to participate in the Ring Ceremony. 
  • Balfour will be on campus in the Bishops Lounge on Nov. 2-4, 2017 to take ring orders.

Visit Career Services

Attend Grad Fair (Tuesday, Feb. 27)

Attend the Ring Ceremony (Saturday, February 24)

  • The Ring Ceremony will take place on Saturday, February 24. Ring must be purchased by Jan. 4 to participate.
  • Balfour to take orders on Nov. 2-4, 2017, Bishops Lounge

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 2017

Prepare for post-graduate life