Gradual Graduation or Crazy Commencement? It’s Up to You

Graduation does sneak up on you. When you registered for your major, your counselor gave you a chart of all the graduation requirements with little boxes to check off, but heaven only knows where that’s got to. And didn’t the business office say something about a glitch in this year’s student loan process? Time to get your act together.  Find more information regarding  the importance of student loans for you education by visiting the link below:

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Most college students are required to visit their academic counselor at least once a year to be sure that they are on right track as far as academic requirements are concerned.Click here to read responsibilities of counselor. Here they are told if they need one more math course, an elective in the arts, or a PE class. But between visits it’s easy to get confused.

The Course, of Course

By the end of your junior year you need to know exactly where you stand academically. If you are missing any required courses in either General Education or your major you will have no other time to take them. Most schools offer a print-out of your class record, though you may have to go through a counselor. By the beginning of your senior year you should know what courses you still need and when and how you are going to take them. If you’ve left the hard stuff until last, don’t be afraid to ask your professors or fellow students for help. You must pass in order to meet your school’s grade point average standard (seldom less than 2.0) and number of units. (This varies depending on what time system the school uses – semester, trimester or quarter.) Make sure you clear all incompletes.

Lifeline for Deadlines

Academics are only the beginning. There are deadlines for paperwork, financial obligations, and how you want your name spelled in the program. In addition you must fill out a notification of the dean that you intend to participate in commencement and complete your actual application for graduation. (This may be due as early as the first semester of your junior year.) Some schools also require an exit interview for those who have received financial aid.

Gradual Graduation or Crazy Commencement? It’s Up to You

Buy a wall-sized one-year calendar and hang it in your dorm room. Get a list of all the deadlines you must meet that year, academic, financial, clerical and any others. There may be a checklist available from the registrar. Take a bright-colored marker and put a dot on each deadline date. You may wish to color-code them. Carry a pad and pen with you and make lists. Find out where you get the forms you need and who should sign them. The registrar, your counselor or even your local Very Organized Student (you know who he or she is) can tell you the details. Write it all down. Tack up the list by your calendar. If you tend to be absent-minded, arrange for reminders from friends, professors or your e-mail or telephone service.

Check, Double Check and Then Make Sure

Some things can slip by your notice. Do you have any overdue library books? Have you paid all outstanding fines or fees? Have you paid for your cap and gown? If you are receiving special honors (cum laude, etc.) do you need arrange for a special stole or other regalia? Does the clerical office have your correct name and address so they know where to send the diploma? You wouldn’t want to disappoint all the relatives who are coming to your graduation ceremony over a few dollars or forgotten paperwork.

Other things are not required, but they will make your mother happy. Did you order a class ring? Did you send your parents the order form for graduation announcements? Will there be a photographer taking pictures of the graduates? When and where will the photos be available? Most schools post all this information somewhere on the official Web site, though it may not all be in the same place. Check the site. Check it again. Whether you think it’s fair or not, colleges and universities are very finicky about who graduates. Humor them. Make your mom and dad proud.

Edgar @ Degrees and Debt

AuthorEdgar @ Degrees and Debt

Founder of Degrees and Debt. Edgar just wrapped up his MS in Project Management with a focus on Information Security Management. Battling back to even from student loans, mortgage and credit card debt is an art Edgar is learning to master. This is his journey.