Preparing for Commencement

  • Complete and submit your application for graduation to the Registrar's Office.
  • Declare your major(s) or minor(s) at the Registrar's Office.
  • Check your Concordia email for important graduation information and announcements. 
  • Purchase your required cap and gown at the Cobber Bookstore during the designated times. 
  • Provide the Registrar's Office with contact information if you will be off campus for the semester prior to your graduation.
  • Register as soon as possible for the Senior Farewell Banquet on Friday, May 1, and the Legacy Brunch on Sunday, May 3, for seniors with parents and/or grandparents that are alumni or faculty/staff.
  • Make plans to attend the Senior Send Off, hosted by President William J. Craft, the National Alumni Board, and Students and Alumni Linked Together on Saturday, May 2.


Honors Criteria

Honors listed in the Commencement program are based on grades up to, but not including, the current semester. The final honors status is determined after all grades are known.

  • Cum Laude: 3.5
  • Magna Cum Laude: 3.7
  • Summa Cum Laude: 3.9

Dress Guidelines

Bachelor’s degree candidates wear the tassel of the cap in front and to the right. A holder of an academic degree wears the tassel in front and to the left. Please make this change after the ceremony.

According to traditional academic protocol, women do not remove their caps at any time during an academic exercise. Men remove their caps while sitting and replace them upon standing. If prayer is being offered or scripture is being read while standing, men remove their caps during such periods. Although the above is the traditional rule, women should feel free to remove their caps at such times as men do.

  • Please only wear dark-colored shoes.
  • Please do not wear corsages or boutonnieres.

Registrar's Office