Graduation Process

You must apply for graduation prior to the beginning of your final semester at Shippensburg University. The graduation application is available by logging into myShip.  Select the Student tab.  Select My Academics.  Under Graduation Tools, select Apply to Graduate.

An application fee of $35 per Bachelor's degree or $60 per Master's degree is required online at the time you apply for graduation.  Payment may be made by electronic check (e-check) or credit card.  If paying by credit card, please note that there is a 2.5% convenience fee.  After making payment, you will need to print out the Graduation Application Signature Page.  Please sign, date, and return this form to the Registrar’s Office, OM Room 111.  Additionally you can fax the form to 717-477-1388 Attn: Tara, scan it and email it to graduation@ship.edu or mail it to Shippensburg University, Registrar’s Office, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257. 

The application deadline for May and August Graduation is Monday, January 4, 2016.  August graduates participate in the May Commencement ceremony but must apply for August graduation.

When your application for graduation with a bachelor's degree is submitted to the Registrar's Office, it will be forwarded to your academic dean.  Your dean's office will notify you by email if there are any problems with your bachelor's degree application. 

When your application for graduation with a master's degree is submitted to the Registrar's Office, it will be forwarded to your major department.  Your department office will notify you by email if there are any problems with your master's degree application.

Information regarding the Commencement ceremony and instructions for students, parents, and guests will be available on the homepage approximately 2-3 weeks prior to the ceremony.

Attire for the Commencement ceremony may be purchased at the Shippensburg University Bookstore

Diplomas are mailed to students within six weeks after the graduation date.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE:  If you fail to meet the requirements for graduation, it will be your responsibility to reapply for graduation in the term in which the requirements will be met.  Note:  The application fee is paid only once. 

MASTER'S THESIS must be presented in its final approved format to the Registrar's Office no later than 4 weeks prior to the commencement ceremony.  Master's degree students completing a thesis may verify deadline dates by contacting the Registrar's Office.