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Good Standing for Graduation

All graduates have a responsiblity to ensure that they are in good standing to graduate both academically and financially. Below please find a listing of checkpoint to ensure you are in good standing in regards to Graduation and the Graduation Ceremony.


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
Students must be aware that any course dropped (withdrawn) may adversly affect the completion of their degree requirements. As required, you must consult with your Academic Dean about the impact of withdrawing from a course.


Graduating seniors in debt to the University will be notified by mail and email of that debt by the Registrar's Office multiple times leading up to Commencement.

NOTE: If a student fails to pay all debts by the deadline (will be in notification), the diploma will be withheld and the student will not be considered a graduate of UL Lafayette until all debts are cleared.

Graduate Requirements

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. 

NOTE: If a graduate 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.

Cap and Gown
Graduates are required to wear the University's Official Commencement Regalia. The cap and gown fees must be paid to the University Bookstore upon pick up, which will start the week of finals (For Spring/Fall Commencement). Students will receive notification of the deadline, along with other necessary commencement information by email.

Diplomas/Program Listing
A student must complete their Application for Degree by the required deadline to ensure that they are able to recieve their diploma at the ceremony and are present in the Univeristy's Commencement Program. Each graduate will be issued a plaque diploma ready for immediate display.  In addition, each graduate will be receiving an additional sheet diploma.