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What is the Graduation Application?

What is the Graduation Application?

In order to officially graduate and receive your diploma, you must submit an online application for graduation. The Graduation Application asks you to confirm your intended quarter of graduation, review important policies for graduating seniors, and verify that you understand which IAS and university requirements are still left to complete.

It is the student's responsibility to apply for graduation before the stated deadline for their intended quarter of graduation. The student is also responsible for completing all remaining IAS and university requirements after submitting their Graduation Application. A degree is only awarded once these requirements are complete and their Graduation Application is on file with the Office of the Registrar.

When should I submit the Graduation Application?

IAS students should submit their Graduation Application three (3) quarters before their anticipated quarter of graduation. Students who submit their application in advance may be eligible for Graduating Senior Priority registration.

The absolute deadline for submitting an application is the third Friday of the quarter in which the student intends to graduate. Students who are graduating in Summer quarter but want to attend the Commencement ceremony must meet the Spring quarter application deadline. Precise dates are listed under Application Deadlines on the Academic Calendar (listed as Applications for baccalaureate degrees and certificates).

Please see the table below for an idea of when you should sign the Graduation Application. 

When do you want to graduate? When should you apply?
Autumn quarter (December) Apply the winter quarter prior
Winter quarter (March) Apply the spring quarter prior
Spring quarter (June) Apply the summer quarter prior
Summer quarter (August) Apply the autumn quarter prior

Schedule an Appointment

Students must schedule a Graduation Application appointment with their academic advisor to initiate the Graduation Application process. 

What happens in a graduation application meeting?

Your IAS advisor will review your degree audit and make any necessary updates to ensure all credits are accurately recorded toward your major or other university requirements. Come to this meeting prepared to discuss any discrepancies you notice, and bring a list of questions you have about how to complete remaining requirements.

After making any necessary updates to your degree audit, your advisor will enter your graduation application online which will initiate an automatic email sent to your UW email address from The email will ask you to confirm the quarter and year of your intended graduation, and acknowledge that you understand the information outlined in your application. 

Your Graduation Application is not complete until you submit the form included in this email. 

What is Graduating Senior Priority?

Students who have a Graduation Application on file and are in senior status (135+ credits) have Graduating Senior Priority (GSP) which entitles them to register the first day of Registration Period I. Early registration for graduating seniors GSP is limited to two quarters.

If you need to postpone your graduation, you may save your GSP perks by not registering before your regular senior priority day. When Graduating Senior Priority has been used for two quarters, your registration date will revert to regular senior priority. The Office of the Registrar webpage provides more information about GSP and registration periods.

How do I participate in the Commencement ceremony?

Submitting a Graduation Application does not also sign you up to participate in Commencement. Graduating students must follow a separate registration process to walk at the ceremony.

Visit the Commencement website to view registration deadlines and order your cap and gown. The website also includes a helpful Graduation Checklist, an event schedule, ticket information, parking directions, and more! Questions can be directed to their office by email at or phone at 425-352-5166.