Graduate Student Graduation Information

Graduation requires a great deal of planning and coordination by graduating students, various departments, and the Office of Graduate Studies. Please note that your full cooperation is needed for graduation to be a success.

Graduation Requirements:

1. View the Graduation Checklists & Deadlines and submit all necessary forms by the deadlines.

2. Check your degree evaluation in Trailhead. If you need to make changes to your Degree Audit form, submit an Addendum.

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  • December 2017 graduation application deadline-September 5, 2017
  • May 2018 graduation application deadline-January 24, 2018
  • August 2018 graduation application deadline-April 15, 2018

4. Print check-out form

  • Your check-out form will be emailed to your CSM email address after your have applied to graduate in Trailhead. The Office of Graduate Studies will begin emailing the forms approximately 1 month before census day of the semester of graduation. If you plan to check-out early and need your form earlier, please contact

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6. Log onto Marching Order to verify ceremony information (if you are walking in the commencement cermony, you must log on to Marching Order)

  • You will not be able to log onto Marching Order until you receive an email from the Office of Graduate Studies with directions.
  • Once you get the email with directions, make sure you use the exact same email address in which you recieved the email.
    • For example, if the email was sent to, make sure set you log on with not

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8. Attend Graduation practice (required if attending the commencement ceremony)

9. Attend the Commencement Ceremony

The graduate student commencement ceremony will be streamed live, beginning 5 minutes before the ceremony begins.

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