Graduation Information

Happy student at graduation

"The ultimate responsibility for understanding and completing degree and graduation requirements lies with the student."
 - JSU Undergraduate Catalogue

Fall 2019 Graduation Commencement

Saturday, December 14, 2019. The School of Arts and Humanities Commencement is at 9:00 am. Make sure to arrive an hour before the commencement begins.

For more information, please visit the Graduation website.


Fall 2019 Graduation Fair

September 26, 2019 from 1:00-5:00 pm in the TMB Auditorium

2019 Applications for Graduation

Fall 2019 late applications are now open and will close Monday September 16, 2019 at 4:30 pm

Spring 2020 applications are now open

All Majors Within the School of Arts & Humanities

  • Graduation Certification
  • Apply to Graduate After Certification is Completed
  • English Competency Exam (ECE)
  • ETS Proficiency Profile Exit Exam (EPP)
    • Once you have applied for graduation, the instructions will be sent to you via email.
  • Graduating Senior Survey
  • Attend the Graduation Fair
    • Dates will be announced at the top of this page.
    • Cap and Gown pictures will be taken and “Shout Outs” will be recorded during the Fair.

Departmental Exams

  • English and History Majors - MFAT Exam
    • Contact your Academic Advisor for dates
  • Drama Majors- Outcomes Exam
    • Contact your Academic Advisor for dates
  • Music Majors- MFT Exam
    • Contact your Academic Advisor for dates

The Graduation Certification Advisor (GCA) advises and informs students of their progress toward graduation. Our number one goal is to assist students towards completion of their degree in a timely manner. To ensure this, we maintain accurate records of the student progress.

Graduation Certification Advisement can be completed in two ways: electronically for distant education students, or face-to-face appointments.

Graduation certification is the process by which the undergraduate students meets with their GCA and their progress is reviewed.  Once certified, they can be cleared for graduation. JSU requires this be completed the semester before the student plans to graduate to safeguard that the student graduates on schedule.  

All students within the School of Arts & Humanities will need to schedule an appointment with Mrs. Barbara Cook at bacook@jsu.edu. JSU requires that students meet with their Graduation Certification Advisor the semester BEFORE they plan to graduate to ensure they have information on all requirements needed to graduate.

** ECE Registration will be open from May 1-15, 2019, closing at 4:40pm pn May 15. The Exam will be on June 3, 2019 at 3:00pm.**

JSU requires ALL students to take and pass the ECE Exam. Students are eligible to take the ECE Exam after they have completed EH 101, EH 102, and 48 credit hours. It is highly recommended that students take the ECE Exam upon becoming eligible and not wait until their last semester to take it. Doing so could result in postponement of graduation. ECE Exam Information and Registration.

JSU requires ALL students to take the EPP Exit Exam during their last semester.  EPP Exit Exam Information

Major Field Exam (MFAT) is administered during the graduating semester and in accordance with accreditation standards.  Registration information and dates for the MFAT will be announced by each department and distributed to students who have followed application instructions. 

All students must apply for graduation by the deadline posted by JSU. This is during the term before they plan on completing degree requirements. There will be a $50.00 non-refundable charge to your account when you apply. Make sure you are applying for the right term.

For help applying for graduation, the Registrar's office web page has detailed instructions to assist you.

Graduating with a double major

If you are completing a double major, you should set appointments with the Graduation Certification Advisor with each School to verify requirements for each degree.

Students who have earned Latin Honors will receive their cords at the commencement check-in. Latin Honors are based on the students overall institutional GPA hours.

Latin Honors designations are:

  • Summa cum laude 3.9-4.0
  • Magna cum laude 3.7-3.89
  • Cum laude 3.5-3.69
  • Special honors 3.5 average in the major field of study and a 3.25 Institutional GPA

Cap and Gown are distributed at the JSU Campus Bookstore. You can contact the JSU Campus Bookstore for more information and pricing.

For more information about Commencement/Diploma/invitations/etc. you can access the Registrar’s Office website.