This is the first in a continuing series of articles to clarify processes, policies and procedures that students need to know. I welcome any questions that come as a result of these articles. The first article explains in some detail what is entailed in the seemingly simple process of applying for graduation.
Applying for Graduation
Applying for graduation has been an issue with students the last few terms, particularly when you are admitted to both a degree and certificate program. It becomes even more complex when students wish to earn two certificates along with a degree. While University and Graduate College policy has not changed, students do not seem to be taking the necessary steps as needed in a timely fashion. I hope this message will help you understand how the system works.
Some basic facts:
1) Boise State treats each degree and certificate as a separate and distinct program. For example, if you are admitted to both the M.E.T. program and the Online Teaching certificate program, you are admitted to two separate programs and they are treated as such.
2) Completing and submitting the Application for Admission to Candidacy (AAC) for your M.E.T. degree at about 18 credits is only the first of two steps. Once the Application for Admission to Candidacy is approved by the Graduate College, you will then need to Apply for Graduation online in your my.BoiseState Student Center for the degree and pay the diploma fee early during the last term of your program. Specific dates are published in the Academic Calendar.
3) If you are in a certificate program as well as a degree program, completing and submitting the Proposed Plan of Study for a Graduate Certificate (PPSGC) shortly after being admitted to your certificate program is also the first of two steps. Once the PPSGC is approved by the Graduate College, you will then need to Apply for Graduation online in your my.BoiseState Student Center for the certificate and pay the certificate fee.
Typically, once you have completed these two actions, all that remains for you to receive your degree and/or certificate is for you to complete your coursework satisfactorily, including your culminating activity, EDTECH 592-Portfolio. All future communication regarding graduation eligibility and commencement comes from the Office of the Registrar.