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Graduation Procedure and Forms

Graduation photoMount St. Mary's awards degrees three times during the academic year: September, December and May. The commencement ceremony is held in May. Students who graduate in September or December have the option of participating in the May ceremony.

To begin the graduation process, all students must submit an Intent to Graduate form. This form provides the Registrar's Office with accurate student information and allows us to review each student's academic records to determine eligibility to graduate. The review also provides each student with an opportunity to complete any degree requirements they may have overlooked during their time at the Mount.

The Intent to Graduate form is available online. The form must be submitted by the appropriate deadline listed on the intent to graduate form page. Students who do not submit the form by the deadline are not eligible to graduate until the following graduation date.

Graduation Eligibility

All students are invited to participate in the May commencement ceremony, though all of the following requirements must be met to earn your diploma:

  1. Undergraduate students must complete a minimum of 104 credits at the end of the fall term to be eligible to participate in the Commencement ceremony the following May. You may not participate in Commencement exercises if you do not meet this requirement.

  2. Students must complete all graduation requirements (completed courses, forms, etc.) by May 31 of their graduating year. If you do not meet this condition, your degree will be conferred following the completion of the requirements.

  3. All financial obligations to the University must be settled. If you do not meet this condition, your diploma will be held until your account balance is fully paid.

Please note that all diplomas will be sent by certified mail (requires signature) to the address on your intent to graduate form unless otherwise specified.


International Students -  Leaving the Mount/ Graduation

Transferring F-1 Sponsorship
If you plan to transfer to another school, inform the DSO before the end of the semester. Upon acceptance at the other school ask the International Student Advisor/DSO there to contact the DSO at the Mount to request that the SEVIS record be transferred.

At the beginning of your final semester speak with the DSO about applying for Optional Practical Training (OPT). OPT is a period of up to one year during which the international student can retain student visa status while working full-time in the USA (some conditions apply).  International Student must also apply for employment authorization (EAD) from USCIS (fee involved).  Authorization for OPT is not guaranteed.

Departure from the USA
There is a grace period of 60 days to leave the USA upon graduation. If an international student withdraws from the Mount and informs the DSO, there is a 15-day grace period to leave the USA. However, an international student who falls out of status, is dismissed, or withdraws without informing the DSO must leave the country immediately.

If you have any questions, you may contact the Registrar's Office at (301) 447-5215
or via email at

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