Before you can graduate, the Registrar's Office needs to make sure that you have completed all of your degree requirements. We do that using the Application for Graduation. All degree- and certificate-seeking students must submit an Application for Graduation.
Under most circumstances, you have to be registered for the last of your degree requirements before you can apply to graduate.
If you will be taking a final requirement at another school, testing out of a course, or substituting one course for another, you can still apply to graduate, but you need to include documentation explaining how you intend to fulfill those final requirements.
Once you have registered for your final classes, it's time to make sure you're ready to go. Your WebOPUS degree audit is the best way to do this. Your degree audit tells you what your degree requirements are, including requirements for your major(s), minor(s), and certificates, and it tells you whether or not you have fulfilled those requirements.
Once you've confirmed that you will have fulfilled all of your degree requirements by the end of your final semester, it's time to submit your Application for Graduation.
Last but not least, make sure you are checking your FLC email regularly. All official communications about your application and graduation-related announcements will be sent to your FLC email.
Skyhawk Station staff will email you if there are any issues with your application, and you will receive and email notifying you of the status of your application once we have finished processing it.
The "catalog" is the document that defines all degree requirements for a given academic year, and it is subject to change from academic year to academic year. The degree requirements for a particular academic year are referred to as "a catalog" or a "catalog year". Unless you deliberately change your catalog year (which you can do), your catalog year is the academic year during which you first attended Fort Lewis College. That catalog year outlines the specific requirements that apply to you as you pursue your degree.
For example, if your first semester at Fort Lewis was Fall 2017, Spring 2018, or Summer 2018, your catalog year is 2017-2018. As such, the 2017-2018 catalog defines the requirements for all majors, minors, concentrations, and certificates available to you. In other words, your catalog year is your map -- it tells you exactly what you need to do to finish your degree.
You can find your catalog year in your WebOPUS degree audit. It will be listed right under your declared majors/minors/certificates.
You will be charged a $50 graduation fee when you submit your application. The fee covers the cost of your graduation regalia (cap and gown) and other associated costs. You will be charged the fee even if you do not intend to participate in Commencement.
You can pay your graduation fee online or at Skyhawk Station.
If your application was denied, you may appeal that decision. To appeal, you just need to submit and new Application for Graduation. On your new application, make sure that you document how you will complete all missing degree requirements by the end of the semester during which you would like to graduate.
You will need to wait until the next semester to submit another application.
If you have any questions, or if you would like assistance with your application, stop by Skyhawk Station, send us an email, or give us a call at 970-247-7301. We’re here to help!