Applying for Graduation

Congratulations, you will be graduating soon!

Below you will find instructions and frequently asked questions on the processes involved in applying for graduation through the Registrar’s offce at Benedictine University. Read this information closely, as it gives you important information, deadlines, and explanations, especially concerning the upgrade to MyBenU.

If you have already applied to graduate and are looking for specific commencement information, visit the Commencement website.

What does applying for graduation mean?

Students who will complete requirements for a degree in a given term must complete an electronic application for graduation through MyBenU. Clicking on “Apply for Graduation” in MyBenU means you want your degree conferred and officially recorded on your academic transcript whether or not you choose to attend the commencement ceremony. You only need to apply once for graduation using the electronic graduation application form. Step-by-step instructions are below.

Please note:

OFFICIALLY having your degree conferred and participating in the graduation ceremony called “commencement” are two entirely different things. The University holds one commencement ceremony in May for undergraduate and graduate students.

Students whose degrees are being conferred in Winter, Spring, or Summer may participate in the commencement ceremony in May of that year. Students whose degrees are conferred in Fall may participate in the May commencement of the following year.

Students are encouraged to APPLY EARLY before the deadlines. Final deadlines are strictly enforced and a student’s degree conferral will be moved to the next term if the deadline has passed.

Before applying, please meet with your academic advisor to ensure all degree requirements and coursework will be completed by the end of the semester that you have selected to graduate.

Step-by-step instructions on how to apply to graduate through MyBenU

What are the Graduation application deadlines?

2024 Graduation Application Deadlines

Fall 2023December 31, 2023March 15, 2023September 8, 2023
Winter 2024 (quarter)March 31, 2024October 16, 2023January 19, 2024
Spring 2024May 31, 2024October 16, 2023January 19, 2024
Summer 2024August 31, 2024February 15, 2024*July 22, 2024*
*Summer 2024 applicants that miss the priority application deadline will NOT be printed in the Commencement Program.
Students that apply for graduation on the above dates are eligible to walk in either the May 4, 2024 ceremony in Lisle or the May 9, 2024 ceremony in Mesa.

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