CLAS Undergraduate Graduation Certification
Graduation is not an automatic process upon the completion of requirements. Students planning to graduate with a major from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences must adhere to the following:
Meet with an Academic Advisor prior to the final semester to review remaining degree requirements and establish a plan for completion.
Complete an Application for CLAS Undergraduate Graduation in accordance with the following deadlines:
May Graduation: October 1
August Graduation: October 1
December Graduation: March 1
Apply online using the link below. You will need to attach a current, signed degree progress report from your major, minor and/or certificate departments before submitting.
**BEFORE YOU BEGIN**
• To keep this form from timing out, you must complete the form either (1) in a browser other than Google Chrome (e.g., Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft Edge), (2) in Chrome on a mobile device, or (3) in Chrome on a non-mobile device, via the following blue link (not the red button) corresponding to the form you wish to complete: CLAS Application for Undergraduate Graduation or CLAS Undergraduate Application Update.
• Have your documents and your plan ready before you begin.
• Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Graduation is not the same as commencement and each has its own requirements and procedures. Graduation refers to the completion of your degree and the receipt of a diploma; commencement is the ceremony the university conducts to celebrate your graduation. Indiana University South Bend conducts commencement once per year. Commencement is held in May for graduates from the previous December and candidates for graduation in May or the following August. Commencement is coordinated by the Alumni Relations Office.
Degrees Awarded with Distinction
We recognize outstanding performance in course work by awarding degrees with three levels of distinction:
Distinction - 3.65
High Distinction - 3.80
Highest Distinction - 3.90
In order for a transfer student to graduate with distinction, you must successfully complete 60 Indiana University credit hours.
If you graduate with distinction, you will be given special honors cords (fourragéres) to wear at commencement.
High Distinction: Cream
Highest Distinction: Cream and Crimson