Graduation Information

Happy student at graduation

"The ultimate responsibility for understanding and completing degree and graduation requirements lies with the student."
 - JSU Undergraduate Catalogue

Fall 2021 Commencement

December 10, 2021 | Pete Mathews Coliseum

Ceremony 1:  9:00 AM

College of Business and Industry
College of Health Professions and Wellness

Ceremony 2:  1:00 PM

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
College of Science and Mathematics

Ceremony 3:  4:00 PM

College of Arts and Humanities
College of Education and Professional Studies

For your health and safety, we are strongly recommending masks be worn inside the coliseum. Please join President Killingsworth in masking at this event to limit the spread of COVID-19.

All commencement plans are subject to change at any time due to health concerns and there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. Any changes will be communicated directly to those graduates attending the ceremonies and through the commencement webpage.


For more commencement information, please visit the Registrar's webpage.

Fall 2021 Graduation Fair

October 14-15, 2021- Hybrid

2021- 2022 Applications for Graduation

Fall 2021 applications are now closed and will re-open for late application on October 14 and 15, 2021. -Contact your Graduation Certification Advisor before this date.

Spring 2022 applications are now open

Meet with your Graduation Certification Advisor before applying.

All Majors Within the College of Arts and Humanities

  • Graduation Certification
  • Apply to Graduate After Certification is Completed
    • For detailed instructions, visit the Registrar's webpage.
  • ETS Proficiency Profile Exit Exam (EPP)
    • Once you have applied for graduation, the instructions will be sent to you via email.
  • Graduating Senior Survey
    • During the semester you plan to graduate a link will be sent to you via email.
  • Attend the Graduation Fair
    • Dates will be announced at the top of this page.
    • Cap and Gown Pictures will be taken and “Shout Outs” will be recorded during the Fair.

Departmental Exams

  • English Majors - MFAT Exam
    • Contact your Academic Advisor for dates
  • Drama Majors- Outcomes Exam
    • Contact your Academic Advisor for dates
  • History and Foreign Language Majors - MFAT Exam
    • Contact your Academic Advisor for dates
  • Integrated Studies Majors
    • No Exit Exam
  • Music Majors- MFT Exam
    • Contact your Academic Advisor for dates

The Graduation Certification Advisor (GCA) advises and informs students of their progress toward graduation. Our number one goal is to assist students towards completion of their degree in a timely manner. To ensure this, we maintain accurate records of the student progress.

Graduation Certification Advisement can be completed in two ways: electronically for distant education students, or face-to-face appointments.

Graduation certification is the process by which the undergraduate students meets with their GCA and their progress is reviewed.  Once certified, they can be cleared for graduation. JSU requires this be completed the semester before the student plans to graduate to safeguard that the student graduates on schedule.  

All students within the College of Arts and Humanities will need to schedule an appointment with Mrs. Barbara Cook at bacook@jsu.edu. JSU requires that students meet with their Graduation Certification Advisor the semester BEFORE they plan to graduate to ensure they have information on all requirements needed to graduate.

JSU requires ALL students to take the EPP Exit Exam during their last semester.  EPP Exit Exam Information

Major Field Exam (MFAT) is administered during the graduating semester and in accordance with accreditation standards.  Registration information and dates for the MFAT will be announced by each department and distributed to students who have followed application instructions. 

All students must apply for graduation by the deadline posted by JSU. This is during the term before they plan on completing degree requirements. There will be a $50.00 non-refundable charge to your account when you apply. Make sure you are applying for the right term.

For help applying for graduation, the Registrar's office web page has detailed instructions to assist you.

Graduating with a double major

If you are completing a double major, you should set appointments with the Graduation Certification Advisor with each School to verify requirements for each degree.

Students who have earned Latin Honors can purchase their gold honor cords at the on-campus bookstore before graduation. Latin Honors are based on the students overall institutional GPA hours.

Latin Honors designations are:

  • Summa cum laude 3.9-4.0
  • Magna cum laude 3.7-3.89
  • Cum laude 3.5-3.69
  • Special honors 3.5 average in the major field of study and a 3.25 Institutional GPA

Cap and Gown are distributed at the JSU Campus Bookstore. You can contact the JSU Campus Bookstore for more information and pricing.

For more information about Commencement/Diploma/invitations/etc. you can access the Registrar’s Office website.