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Candidates for degrees must formally apply for graduation. Students must submit a graduation application to the Office of the Registrar in order to receive a degree.

Degree requirements are based on the catalog under which the student began full-time study. A student who discontinues enrollment on a full-time basis for one or more calendar years is required to meet program requirements as defined in the current catalog and/or as approved by the program coordinator. Although faculty advisors are available to assist students in program planning, the student is ultimately responsible for program completion.

Commencement exercises are held once each academic year at the completion of spring semester. Students who complete requirements during the fall, spring, or summer session are encouraged to be recognized for their achievements at the annual graduation ceremony.

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Graduation FAQ
When is the deadline to apply for graduation?
Fall Graduates: November 1
Spring Graduates: April 1
Summer Graduates: July 1

When and where is the commencement ceremony?
Commencement will be held May 12, 2023 at 10am CST in the Thomas Witt Leach Complex. 

Who can participate in the commencement ceremony? 
Williston State College's Spring 2023 commencement ceremony is for all students graduating Fall 2022, Spring 2023, and Summer 2023.  

Is there a rehearsal?
Graduation rehearsal is the day before graduation at 2pm CST in the Thomas Witt Leach Complex. 

Who can attend the commencement ceremony? 
All friends and family are welcome to attend the ceremony. If your friends and family are unable to attend the ceremony, a live feed link will be available on WSC's YouTube page and website.

How do I inform WSC that I plan to participate in the commencement ceremony? 
Graduates who plan to attend the commencement ceremony indicate their intent on their Graduation Application. If your plans change, please contact the registrar. 

How do I order a cap, gown, and tassel for the ceremony? 
Visit Josten's regalia site to order a gown, cap, and tassle. 

How long will the commencement ceremony last? 
The ceremony will last approximately one hour. 

How do I know if I am an Honor Student? 
Your Institutional GPA from the previous term will be used to calculate ceremony honors. Final institutional GPA will be used to calculate final transcripted honors. 

How are Honor Students recognized? 
Students eligible for honors recognition at the graduation ceremony will be indicated in the printed commencement program. You will receive a gold tassel during lineup on the day of the ceremony. 

Will I receive my diploma at the commencement ceremony? 
Your diploma will be mailed to you after final grades have been computed and program audits are completed. You should expect to receive your diploma 4 to 6 weeks after graduation.  

What if I need special accommodations or assistance? 
Graduates requiring special accommodations or assistance should contact the registrar.  

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