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Applying for Graduation

Graduating students who successfully complete degree requirements and wish to receive their diploma at Commencement need to be aware of the following information:

Application for Degree

Students must accurately complete and submit the Application for Degree and pay the $90.00 fee. The application can be accessed through ULink and payments can also be made through your Statement of Account on ULink. View instructions on how to access and complete the online degree application. Please see the Academic Calendar for deadlines to submit the Application for Degree.

Additional Information:

  • It is particularly important that your MAILING ADDRESS be complete and accurate.  Without accurate mailing information, a student will miss important announcements.
  • Priority appointments for registration are available to degree candidates who apply a semester in advance. Please see the Academic Calendar for the deadline.


Graduating seniors in debt to the University will be notified by mail and email of that debt by the Registrar's Office.  If a student does not pay all debts by the deadline set by that office, the diploma will be withheld and the student will not be considered a graduate of UL Lafayette until all debts are cleared.

Incomplete Grades

Students must have completed any incomplete (I) grades necessary for graduation at least two (2) weeks before the beginning of final exams, and the Registrar's Office must receive the "Change of Grade" card from the instructor at least two (2) weeks before commencement.

Transfer Work

Any graduating senior completing coursework at another institution needed to satisfy degree requirements at UL Lafayette must make sure that the UL Lafayette Office of Admissions is in receipt of the official grade transcript(s) no later than the Wednesday before Graduation.  If this deadline cannot be met, the student should meet with the University Registrar at UL Lafayette to explore other means of receiving the requisite grades.

Dropped Courses



Each graduate will be issued a plaque diploma ready for immediate display.  In addition, each graduate will be receiving an additional sheet diploma.

Cap and Gown

The cap and gown fees must be paid to the University Bookstore upon pick up, which will start the week of finals. Students will receive notification of the deadline, along with other necessary commencement information by mail or email.

Attendance at Graduation

Students must attend the Commencement Exercises.  If a student has a conflict which prevents his/her attending the Ceremony, the student must apply to his/her dean for permission to graduate in absentia no later than two (2) weeks prior to the Commencement Ceremony, using the Absence from Commencement Request Form.  If a student does not apply to graduate in absentia and does not attend Commencement, the diploma will be withheld and the student will not be considered a graduate of UL Lafayette.