APPLY TO GRADUATE

Think you're ready to graduate? Apply on MyBenU two terms in advance.

Below you will find instructions and frequently asked questions on the processes involved in applying for graduation at Benedictine Mesa. Read this information closely, as it gives you important information, deadlines, and explanations, especially concerning the upgrade to my BenU. 

What does applying for graduation mean?

Students who will complete requirements for a degree in a given term must complete an electronic application for graduation through MyBenU. Clicking on Apply for Graduation” means you want your degree conferred and officially recorded on your academic transcript whether or not you choose to attend the commencement ceremony. You only need to apply once for graduation using the electronic graduation application form. 

Please note: OFFICIALLY having your degree conferred and participating in the graduation ceremony called "commencement" are two entirely different things. The University holds one commencement ceremony in May for undergraduate students and graduate students. 

Students whose degrees are being conferred in Winter, Spring, or Summer may participate in the commencement ceremony in May of that year. Students whose degrees are conferred in Fall may participate in the May commencement the following year.

Before applying, please meet with your academic advisor to ensure all degree requirements and course work will be completed by the end of the semester that you have selected to graduate. On the office of the registrar's 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 APPLICATION
Fall 2020 December 2020 Graduation

July 1, 2020 (extended)

*May late apply until Dec 1, 2020

Spring & Winter 2021 May 2021 Graduation October 1, 2020
Summer 2021 August 2021 Graduation January 1, 2021

 

 

What are the application deadlines moving forward? 

GRADUATION TERM DATE APPLICATION OPENS DATE APPLICATION CLOSES
Winter and Spring June 1 of the previous year October 1 of the previous year
Fall December 1 of the previous year March 1
Summer October 2 of the previous yera January 1

 

What happens after I submit my application to graduate?

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

The results of the audit will be one of three possible outcomes:

  • The student is fully eligible to graduate
  • The student is definitely not eligible to graduate
  • 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 to their BenU 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 will be applied to your account after the paper application has been processed by the Office of the Registrar. 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.

If you want to change your graduation term to the term previous to the one you applied for, you will need to fill out the Late Graduation Application form and pay a $150 fee.  

If you need to change your expected graduation term to a later term, please email mtole10@ben.edu the term in which all of your requirements will be met (example: move my application for graduation from Fall 2019 to Spring 2020). Once the email is received, 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 mtole10@ben.edu with the term in which all of your requirements will be met (example: "Move my application for graduation from Fall 2019 to Spring 2020"). Once your email is received, 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. Make sure that you are looking at the date for the undergraduate ceremony in May.

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

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

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