Frequently Asked Questions About Graduation
Here you will find answers to some commonly asked questions about graduation.
When is graduation?
Purdue Global holds graduation ceremonies throughout the year at various locations. Please visit the Graduation Center page for the list of ceremony dates and information. Dates are posted as soon as they are scheduled.
Am I required to attend graduation?
No, the ceremonies are celebratory events and graduates are not required to attend. Diplomas are not handed out at the ceremony and are shipped to the graduate’s address on file approximately 8 weeks after the final term ends.
How do I know if I am eligible to participate in the ceremony?
Candidates may walk in any graduation ceremony that is held after their final term ends. If you are not sure of your final term end date, please contact Student Support to go over your credits and requirements. Online students can reach Student Support at 866-522-7747. Students at regional locations should contact their academic team for assistance.
Can I attend a ceremony if I have a balance on my student account?
Yes. Owing a balance only prevents graduates from receiving their diploma, and the actual diplomas are not handed out at the ceremonies.
What do I have to do to attend a graduation ceremony?
Students who want to attend a ceremony must register by the posted deadline for the ceremony they choose to attend. Visit the Graduation Center page for registration details.
How many guests can I bring to the ceremony?
The guest limit is based on space in the venue and the number of graduates expected to attend in order to ensure there is space for all graduates and a limited number of guests. Check your chosen ceremony for specific guest limits.
How can I get more guest tickets?
When students register to attend, they can sign up for the waitlist. If space is still available when registration closes, we will give those slots to individuals on the waitlist in the order they signed up.
How can I get invitations for family members who need to apply for travel visas?
While there are no formal invitations sent out, graduates who have registered to attend a ceremony can contact the Graduation Team to request a letter be given to the embassy.
I'm eligible for one of the ceremonies, but I live closer to a later one. Can I attend a ceremony at a later date?
Yes, graduates may attend any ceremony within 1 year after their degree completion date.
Will my name be announced if I don’t attend the ceremony?
No, due to the volume of graduates eligible to attend the ceremony, only the names of those in physical attendance will be announced. However, all eligible graduates’ names will be listed in the ceremony program which will be available on the Programs, Videos, and Photos page in PDF format.
Will there be a hooding ceremony?
Master’s and doctorate-level graduates will be hooded during the graduation ceremony. There are no separate hooding ceremonies.
Caps and Gowns, Diplomas, and Transcripts
See below for frequently asked questions about ordering your cap and gown and how to obtain a copy of your transcripts.
Do I have to wear a cap and gown?
Yes, all graduates attending a ceremony must wear the traditional cap and gown. The ordering link will be posted when registration for the ceremony opens.
Can I purchase a cap and gown at the ceremony?
No, caps and gowns must be purchased from Jostens at least 7 weeks prior to the ceremony date. Jostens will not be onsite to sell caps and gowns.
Do I need a hood?
Master’s and doctoral-level graduates will need a hood. Hoods are part of the master’s-level and doctoral-level cap and gown packages and come with the set when ordered through Jostens.
Can I purchase a cap and gown if I am not attending a ceremony?
Students not attending a ceremony who would like a cap and gown can purchase a set through Jostens’ Customer Service at 800-854-7464. They can let the representative know that they are not attending a ceremony to avoid rush shipping fees.
Note: If attending a ceremony, check the ordering process for your location to be sure proper protocol is being followed.
When will I receive my diploma, and do I have to attend a graduation ceremony to receive it?
Diplomas are mailed by the Office of the Registrar approximately 8 weeks after completion of the final class and all program and financial requirements have been confirmed by University officials according to the University Catalog. For questions regarding diplomas, please email the Office of the Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 866-522-7747 (Toll Free). Diplomas are not distributed at the graduation ceremonies.
How do I obtain a copy of my transcripts?
Official transcripts can be ordered through Parchment Exchange. Please see the “Transcripts” link in the Registrar and Credits page of Purdue Global Campus for ordering instructions.
What size will my diploma be?
Diplomas are 8.5" x 11.0."
See below for frequently asked questions about academic honors.
How do I know if I have earned academic honors?
Associate’s- and bachelor’s-level graduates who complete their degrees with cumulative grade point averages (GPAs) of 3.70 or higher will achieve academic honors status. Certificate- and master’s-level graduates are not eligible for academic honors. Academic honors statuses will be noted on diplomas and transcripts.
The academic honors statuses are as follows:
- Cumulative GPA of 3.70–3.79—Cum Laude
- Cumulative GPA of 3.80–3.99—Magna Cum Laude
- Cumulative GPA of 4.0—Summa Cum Laude
Will I be recognized for academic honors at the ceremony?
Yes, please check with your ceremony's coordinator for specific recognition details.
My final term ends a few days prior to the ceremony. Will I be recognized for honors?
Associate's and bachelor's graduates attending the ceremony will be recognized in the program booklet based on their GPA at the time the program is printed, which is approximately 2 weeks prior to the ceremony. If your GPA changes during that time, graduates can stop at the Graduate Service desk on graduation day to exchange their honor cord.
Can I wear my honor society cords at the ceremony?
Yes, graduates who are members of an honor society may wear their honor society regalia (cords, stoles, pins, etc.) at the ceremony. Honor society items must be purchased directly from the honor society, and will not be available at the graduation venue. Graduates must be existing honor society members prior to their final term.
Purchasing Additional Graduation Items
See below for frequently asked questions about how to purchase other items for your graduation.
Where can I purchase additional items, such as printed graduation announcements, class ring, and diploma frame?
Printed announcements, class rings, and diploma frames can be ordered through Jostens.
Where can I purchase Purdue Global branded items?
Purdue Global branded items such as t-shirts, sweatshirts, totes, and more can be ordered through the Student Store.