GRADUATION INFORMATION

 

Congratulations, you will be graduating soon!

 

Below you will find instructions and frequently asked questions on the processes involved in applying for graduation at Benedictine University.   Read this information closely, as it gives you important information, deadlines, and explanations.

 

 

What does applying for graduation mean?

Students who will complete requirements for a degree in a given semester must make a electronic application for graduation through My BenU. Applying to graduate” means you want your degree conferred and officially recorded on your academic transcript whether or not you choose to attend the commencement ceremony.

Please note there is a distinct difference between OFFICIALLY graduating and participating in the graduation ceremony called commencement. The University holds one commencement ceremony in May for undergraduate students and one in June for graduate students.  Because there is no March, August or December ceremonies students are permitted to participate in the commencement following the conferral of their degree. 

 

What are the graduation application deadlines? 

Before submission, please meet with your academic advisor to ensure all degree requirements and coursework will be completed by the end of the semester that you have selected to graduate.  On the university website you will find step-by-step directions on how to apply to graduate through MyBenU.

Students are encouraged to APPLY EARLY before the final deadline.  Final deadlines are strictly enforced and a student’s degree conferral will be moved to the next term if the deadline has passed. 

 

TERM

GRADUATION

DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING APPLICATIONS

Fall 2019

December 2019 Graduation

July 1, 2019

Spring & Winter 2020

May 2020 Graduation

October 1, 2019

Summer 2020

August 2020 Graduation

January 1, 2020

 

 

Applications for Fall 2019 open on March 15, 2019

Applications for Spring and Winter 2020 open on July 2, 2019

Applications for Summer 2020 open on October 2, 2019

 

What are the application deadlines beginning Fall 2020 graduation moving forward? 

 

GRADUATION TERM

DATE APPLICATION OPENS

DATE APPLICATION CLOSES

Spring and Winter

June 1st (prior year)

October 1st (prior year)

Fall

December 1st (prior year)

March 1st

Summer

October 2nd (prior year)

January 1st

 

 

What happens after I submit my application to graduate?

The submission of the application to graduate through MyBenU  will cause a summary of the academic record of each applicant to be created by the Office of the Registrar. That academic summary will be sent to the department for auditing. Once the department has completed the audit, it will be sent to the Office of the Registrar where the final audit will occur.

The results of the audit will be one of three determinations:

    • The student is fully eligible to graduate,
    • The student is definitely not eligible to graduate, or
    • The student may be eligible pending completion of remaining requirements. These pending requirements are typically course work and/or defense and submission of the thesis or dissertation.

Students who are not eligible to graduate will receive an email from the Office of the Registrar and a letter from the University detailing the remaining requirements.

 

What happens if I miss the graduation application deadline?

If you miss the application deadline you may choose to pay a $150 late application fee. This is in addition to the graduation application fee of $145 (Associates, Bachelors and Masters degrees) and $205 (Doctoral degrees). The late fee must be paid prior to completing a paper application. You may also choose to defer your graduation until the following quarter/semester and must apply by the deadline for that quarter/semester.

 

May I change my graduation date after I have applied?

Yes, you can change your graduation date after you have applied. However, you cannot apply to an earlier term, only to a later term. You can only apply once for graduation using the electronic graduation application form. If you need to change your expected graduation term please email #Registrars@ben.edu with the term in which all of your requirements will be met (example: move my application for graduation from Fall 2018 to Spring 2019). At that time, the Office of the Registrar will change your graduation date to the new term and move your graduation audit to the updated term. 

Once you have completed all of your requirements, we can no longer change your graduation term to a later term.  After your degree has been conferred, your degree record is considered final and no longer be changed.

 

May I submit an application to graduate more than once?

You can only apply once for graduation using the electronic graduation application form. The system will not allow you to submit multiple applications. If you need to change your expected graduation term please email #Registrars@ben.edu with the term in which all of your requirements will be met (example: move my application for graduation from Fall 2018 to Spring 2019). At that time, the Office of the Registrar will change your graduation date to the new term and move your graduation audit to the updated term. Note: You cannot apply to an earlier term, only to a later term.

 

After I graduate, how can I get my diploma?

Complete information is available on the Diploma Information page of the Benedictine University website. 

 

How do I obtain a copy of my transcript?

Benedictine University transcripts are fulfilled through the Office of the Registrar.  Instructions are available on the transcript page on the website.  All transcript orders are done completely online.  To order an official transcript follow ben.edu/transcripts.

 

Where can I find complete information about the May undergraduate commencement ceremony?

All commencement information for undergraduate students is posted on our Commencement pages on our website.  Be sure that you are looking at the date for the undergraduate ceremony in May.

 

Where can I find complete information about the June graduate commencement ceremony? 

All commencement information for graduate students is posted on our Commencement pages on our website.  Be sure that you are looking at the date for the graduate ceremony in June.

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Jason Heidenfelder
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Benedictine University
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Lisle, IL 60532

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