Office of the Registrar

Graduation Deadlines & Application

Term SeaNet Opens for Applications Application Deadline
Spring 2020 March 18, 2019 March 18, 2020
Summer 2020 June 28, 2019 June 24, 2020
Fall 2020 October 18, 2019 October 19, 2020
Spring 2021 March 18, 2020 March 22, 2021

* There is no summer commencement. Summer graduates participate in the fall commencement.

Students may apply for gradation in any current or future term for which they are enrolled at UNCW. Late graduation application require Dean approval.

Two easy steps to filling out your Graduation Application

Step 1

On SeaNet, from the "Student Records" menu, choose "Apply to Graduate".

Step 2

Confirm Application and Check Degree Audit: The View Graduation Applications page on SeaNet will display your complete application. Approximately two hours after you submit your application, the Unofficial Transcript page on SeaNet will display your "Pending" degree status. Now is also a good time to check your SeaNet degree audit and discuss any questions with your academic advisor.

Note to "Walker" Applicants:
  • Students may be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony if they are expected to meet requirements with the completion of one course of up to four (4) hours during the term immediately following the graduation ceremony.
  • Students approved to walk will not have their names appear in the commencement program.
  • Students approved to walk will not receive any recognition of university honors and/or distinctions (no distinction cords issued) until all graduation requirements have been met.
  • Students will fill out the online graduation application for their appropriate term of graduation.
  • In addition to the online graduation application, students will be required to complete a Request to Walk in a Graduation Ceremony acknowledging the criteria and responsibilities of walking in a ceremony, prior to meeting graduation requirements. The course still required will be noted on this form along with a copy of their degree audit.
  • Each department will be responsible for maintaining a list within their department, as they are notified by the individual students. A list is maintained by the graduation specialist for cap and gown distribution, which is sent to the bookstore and transition programs for record-keeping purposes.
  • Any student not meeting the criteria for early participation in graduation, as set forth by the UNCW Faculty Senate, will be denied to participate by the Office of the Registrar. Appeals must go through the student's respective College/School Dean.
Other Notes:

A $12 graduation application fee will be added to your student bill when you apply for your degree. The fee will only be charged once per degree. Therefore, if you apply and then need to postpone your graduation, you will not be charged for the change.

If you have attended other higher education institutions and have not had a transcript sent to the Office of the Registrar, please do so.

Some holds on your account, particularly financial, will prevent transcripts and diplomas from being processed. You can check for holds on SeaNet.

Check your UNCW email account and your campus PO Box frequently to look for graduation and other information. [Commencement exercises]

Graduate students must be enrolled in the term in which they complete their graduate work or are scheduled to receive their degree. Please review Graduation Information for Graduate Students.

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International Authentication:

Notary services for international authentication of UNCW transcripts can usually be provided upon request during business hours. The service should be requested at the time of the transcript [or replacement diploma] request.

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