University of Southern Indiana
Undergraduate Student Information

Congratulations! You may be ready to complete your degree requirements at the end of spring or summer 2014. Here’s what you can do now to ensure a smooth graduation experience.

Students who completed degree requirements in December 2013, or who plan to do so in May 2014 or by August 2014, are eligible to participate in USI’s spring Commencement ceremony. Degree candidates must declare their intent to participate in the Commencement ceremony.

You are urged to carefully read all of the material so you are aware of the many aspects of graduation and Commencement.

For answers to questions regarding academic graduation requirements contact your academic advisor or refer to the Office of the Registrar’s website.

Steps to Graduation

All undergraduate students who plan to graduate must complete the following three steps whether or not they plan to participate in the Commencement Ceremony. 

Transcript of Grades/Verification of Graduation

A transcript of your academic record specifying your degree will be available approximately four weeks following the end of a term. If you need verification of graduation before normal processing is complete, special processing may be possible. Contact in the Office of the Registrar (812/464-1761 or 800/467-1965) before final exams of the term in which you will complete all requirements.

Spring Commencement

2014 Spring Commencement exercises for undergraduate students will take place during four ceremonies on Saturday, May 3 in the Physical Activities Center (PAC) on the USI campus. The appointed ceremony time for each college is as follows: 

Ceremony Begins

College(s)

9 a.m.

College of Nursing and Health Professions

12 (noon)

Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education

3 p.m.

College of Liberal Arts

6 p.m.

Romain College of Business; Division of Outreach & Engagement

At the conclusion of each ceremony, graduates will be led out of the Physical Activities Center to University Center East where a graduation reception will be held for the graduates, their guests, and USI faculty/staff.

Commencement Ceremony Participation

  • Make your required reservation to participate in the Commencement ceremony. The deadline for reservations to participate is March 7. Late Registration requires additional approval. >>REGISTER NOW

  • If you feel that your name may be mispronounced, please contact Lindsey Olliver at 812/464-1761 or 800/467-1965.

  • You must arrive at the Physical Activities Center (PAC) Room 200 (2nd floor) at the following times:

Ceremony Begins

Your arrival time in PAC room 200

Doors open to the public

College(s)

9 a.m.

no later than 8 a.m.

8 a.m.

College of Nursing and Health Professions

12 (noon)

no later than 11 a.m.

11 a.m.

Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education

3 p.m.

no later than 2 p.m.

2 p.m.

College of Liberal Arts

6 p.m.

no later than 5 p.m.

5 p.m.

Romain College of Business; Division of Outreach & Engagement

Line-up for the procession begins promptly 20 minutes after the arrival deadline. Do not bring valuables or cell phones into the robing area. (Cell phones will be collected for the duration of the ceremony.) This area will not be locked. Please take care of all restroom breaks before the processional line-up begins.

Ticket Information

In order to accommodate the large number of students participating in the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Nursing and Health Professions Commencement Ceremonies and their guests, degree candidates participating in the ceremony will receive a limited number of tickets for their guests to attend Commencement. 
 
All candidates who filed their paperwork by March 7, 2014, and have been approved to participate in Commencement are eligible to obtain tickets.
 
Tickets will not be required if you are participating in the Graduate Ceremony, the Romain College of Business and Division of Outreach and Engagement Ceremony, or the Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education Ceremony.
 
Complete ticket information and procedures are available online.

Students needing special accommodations are asked to contact in the Office of Special Events (812/465-1654).

Commencement Honors

Students who have completed the processing for graduation and are eligible for Commencement honors will be notified by letter from the Office of the Registrar. This letter will be mailed to students in early April. If you do not receive a letter, but believe you should be eligible, contact in the Office of the Registrar (812/464-1761 or 800/467-1965).

Commencement honors (for purposes of printing the commencement program) are based on a student’s cumulative grade point average at the end of the fall semester immediately preceding spring Commencement. Spring semester grades are not used to compute Commencement honors. Students who will receive a bachelor’s degree and meet each of the following requirements are eligible for Commencement Honors. To qualify, a student must:

  1. Have completed (or have a combination of completed and enrolled hours in the final semester) a minimum of 60 credit hours at USI; and

  2. Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.6 on all courses attempted at the University.

The student with the highest cumulative grade point average (computed at the end of the fall semester) will receive the honor of Summa Cum Laude at Commencement. In case of a tie, there will be more than one person designated for this honor. Those with a cumulative grade point average of 3.8 or higher will receive the honor of Magna Cum Laude. Those with a cumulative grade point average of 3.6 but less than 3.8 will receive the honor of Cum Laude.

Graduation honors are determined at the end of the final term when graduation requirements are complete, and therefore may differ from commencement honors. If a student completes graduation requirements at the end of the spring or summer terms with a cumulative grade point average equal to or higher than the person(s) designated Summa Cum Laude at Commencement, the student also will receive the Summa Cum Laude honor. If a student’s cumulative grade point average changes subsequent to computing honors for Commencement, and it changes the student’s honors eligibility or designation, the appropriate change will be made on the diploma and academic transcript.

PLEASE NOTE:You will not be allowed to wear any honor recognition from clubs or organizations at Commencement. Honors regalia is accorded only to students who have been notified by letter that they are earning Commencement honors or are designated as a graduate of the USI Honors Program. Members of the USI Honors Program should contact the Honors Program director for more information at 812/461-5357.

Commencement Merchandise

USI Alumni Association

Chartered by the first graduating class in 1971, the Alumni Association has grown to over 33,000 members. Upon graduation you become a member of the association. Your link to USI, the association has many programs, services, and events to offer.  Address and employment information may be updated on the association web site. As a graduate, you will receive the USI Magazine and the alumni e-mail newsletter, Connect Online, to keep you informed and connected to USI.

USI Career Services and Placement

The Career Services and Placement Office (812/464-1865) serves the employment needs of both students and alumni. Graduates and alumni seeking employment assistance should use the services of this office to identify desired employment opportunities and develop and effective job search strategy. A variety of services are available to graduates, whether seeking employment in the tri-state or planning to relocate. In addition, register to use Eagle Career Launch, the online job search engine exclusively for USI students and alumni, and USI CareerShift, an online employer research system. Visit www.usi.edu/careersv for more details.


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