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How to Apply for Graduation (Graduate Students)

Commencement Ceremony: Saturday, December 13

  • 9:30 a.m., Fisher Auditorium
  • Graduating students must report to Fisher by 8:30 a.m.

Graduating Students: RSVP Required for Commencement

  • Sign into MyIUP using your IUP network account.
  • Click the “Home” link.
  • In the “Graduation Preparation” section, click “RSVP for commencement ceremony.” (You’ll see this option only if you’ve applied for the current semester graduation.)

Salute to Grads: Tuesday, October 28

  • 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Co-op Store
  • Purchase your cap and gown, order graduation announcements, and more.

Graduate students apply for graduation through URSA. Graduate students are required to apply for graduation by the established deadlines.

Deadline Dates:

  • May Graduation: May 1
  • August Graduation: August 1
  • December Graduation: December 1

Application Process

  1. At the URSA homepage, log into the secure area. When prompted to enter your user ID, enter your IUP student ID number. Enter the @ symbol before you enter the number.
  2. Enter your PIN.
  3. Select Student Services and Financial Aid, then Academic Records, then Apply for Graduation.
  4. Your IUP official academic record will display your name, IUP ID number, and Program of study. It is important that you check this information carefully, for if a program of study is incorrect, your graduation checkout will be affected. (If your program is incorrect, you must contact the School of Graduate Studies and Research office).
  5. You must select a graduation date. Please note that the online graduation application can only be used until the graduation application deadline. After the deadline date, the online program is not active. If you are applying after the deadline date, you must contact the School of Graduate Studies and Research to petition for permission to graduate.
  6. Your diploma name will bear your full legal name in accordance with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governor's Policy. Your diploma name will be the same as your transcript name in URSA. If your name is not correct, contact the Registrar's office at 724-357-2217.
  7. Place the cursor into the address box and type in the address to where you want your diploma sent after you are cleared for graduation. Please note that whatever address you enter here has no impact on the address(es) IUP currently has on record for you. This diploma mailing address does not update any address you have with the university. This is strictly for mailing your diploma.
  8. Please double check all the information you have entered. If you are satisfied it is correct, click on the gray “Submit” button.
  9. The information you have entered will display. Any time you come back to check this “Apply for Graduation,” the information you have entered will display. You can not update this information online. If you have any corrections after you have submitted your information, you must contact the School of Graduate Studies and Research in Stright Hall.
  10. Please go to the link containing information regarding graduation for the date for which you are planning to graduate. You should refer to this graduation information and be watchful for other information to be mailed to you.
  11. Log out of URSA.
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