Graduation

Now that you are planning to graduate next year, we want to make sure you know the steps you need to complete in your final year. Please note that graduation refers to receiving the degree once you have met all requirements and commencement is a ceremony to celebrate academic accomplishments.

Step 1: Apply for graduation

Apply for graduation one year before you plan to graduate from Augsburg College. A graduation application is your official degree audit—a document listing out your final major, minor, and Core Curriculum requirements.

  • Meet with your faculty advisor to fill out the application—they will list your final major requirements.
  • Turn in the application signed by you and your faculty advisor to the Registrar’s Office (Enrollment Center, Sverdrup Hall).

Step 2: Review your graduation application in Augnet

The Registrar’s Office will post your graduation application to your Augnet account with a list of the Core Curriculum and credit requirements in addition to the major requirements listed by your faculty advisor. This can be found under Records and Registration.

Step 3: Participate in the final graduation application review

In the fall and spring, the Academic Advising office meets with students who have filed a graduation application to review the final requirements and to form a completion plan. You will receive an email from the Academic Advising Office with more information. If you miss the final graduation application review, make an appointment by calling 612-330-1025.

Step 4: Start planning for your life after Augsburg

Exploring possible career paths or job searching? Use the services provided at the Strommen Center for Meaningful Work. They can help you with your career decision making, resume, interview skills, and developing an action plan for your job search. The center can also connect you with job fairs, postings, and networking. Call 612-330-1148 for an appointment.

Graduate School? Work with URGO (Undergraduate Research and Graduate Opportunities) to prepare for applying to graduate school. Call 612-330-1447 or stop by SCI 116 for more information.

Step 5: Finish strong so you can graduate with honors

Latin Honors will be awarded based on GPAs. For more information go here.

  • Summa Cum Laude: 3.90-4.00 GPA and successful completion of the summa oral examination (Candidates will be contacted by the Dean’s Office regarding the Summa project in the beginning of their final term)
  • Magna Cum Laude: 3.80-3.89 GPA
  • Cum Laude: 3.60-3.79 GPA

Talk to your faculty advisor about Departmental Honors.

Step 6: Order Commencement tickets

In mid-February, each student will receive a reminder postcard about the Commencement Participation and Ticket Request Form found on the Commencement Website. For DAY students, this will be sent to your campus box. WEC students will receive this postcard at your home address.

  • Each graduate can receive UP TO 4 guaranteed tickets to the ceremony. ALL guests (including infants and toddlers) require a ticket for admission.
  • If you need extra tickets, indicate the number of tickets you would like to request on the form. You may request up to 4 additional tickets—but no extra tickets are guaranteed. All extra ticket requests will be based on availability and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Not planning to participate in the ceremony? Please still take a moment to fill out the Commencement Ceremony Participation and Ticket Request Form found on the Commencement Website. This will help us to plan more accurately.

Step 7: Order your cap and gown

Augsburg uses custom gowns that can be purchased online. Please note: It is important to order early as extra gowns are not as readily available. Visit the Commencement Website in late-February to order your cap and gown.

If you have questions about ordering your cap and gown, attend the Graduation Fair in March at the Augsburg Bookstore. This is also your opportunity to order graduation products including class rings, announcements, and diploma frames.

Step 8: Get a handle on your finances

Complete Exit Loan Counseling—If you have borrowed federal Stafford student loans, you will need to complete exit counseling at www.nslds.ed.gov. This must be done prior to graduating. The counseling session will provide you with valuable information about managing your loans as you enter repayment. You will receive more information about counseling in your final term. If you have additional questions after completing your online Exit Counseling please call Student Financial Services at 612-330-1046 to schedule a Follow Up Exit Counseling appointment.

Curious how much you need to pay back? Go to www.nslds.ed.gov to view the amount of federal loans you have borrowed.

Ensure that you have settled your student account with Student Financial Services. You will not receive your diploma until your student account is paid in full. Call 612-330-1046 if you have questions.

Step 9: Stay an Auggie

As a graduate of Augsburg College you will receive invitations to alumni events, the Augsburg NOW, and a monthly e-Newsletter to keep you informed of happenings at the College and updates on former classmates. To ensure you receive these things, please keep your contact information up-to-date. To update your contact information or submit your news visit the Alumni Office or email alumni@augsburg.edu.

“Email for Life” is a free service provided by Google and offered to graduates of Augsburg College. This private email account will be established for you by the Alumni Office upon request to alumni@augsburg.edu and verification of your graduation date. Login and password information will be emailed to you from the Alumni Google account.

Step 10: Participate in Commencement

Attend Commencement Rehearsal—This rehearsal is important so that you are fully aware of all activities on the day of the ceremony. The rehearsal also gives the Dean a chance to get direction on the correct pronunciation of your name. Please go to the Commencement Website for more information.

Commencement Weekend 2015
May 1 through May 3

Congratulations! You are now an Auggie Alum.

Your diploma will be mailed out approximately eight weeks after the term ends and all requirements are met.