Graduating Process for Business Graduate Students

Did you know that your UA GMAIL account remains active after graduation? We will sometimes contact you using the @zips.uakron.edu account. So please check it from time to time.

Process for Graduating:

Now that you are in the process of finishing your degree requirements, you will need to:

  • Apply for Graduation online in My Akron by the deadline.
    • In My Akron go to Student Center.
    • In the Academics box on the left, select the drop down tab and choose Apply for Graduation.
    • Your active program(s) should appear.
    • You will then select the semester in which you will graduate and complete the application.

Note for Certificate Students: The process above is all that is required for the graduation application. Master’s candidates must submit the additional documentation provided below.

Semester of Graduation Deadlines -- When to Apply for Graduation

  • Fall - November 1
  • Spring - April 1
  • Summer - July 1

*After the deadlines, students must submit a Late Application Form. Contact Mrs. Sue Tully at (330)972-8095 to request this form.

  • Complete an Exit Interview and associated paperwork.
  • Spring and Summer 2017 Graduates

    Once our office receives notification that you have applied online for graduation, two Exit Interview Forms will be sent (which includes a page to type your 2-3 "Reflective Essay" on) to your Zips email account to be completed and returned to gradcba@uakron.edu. The essay should reflect upon the impact of your graduate studies in business in regards to your professional and/or personal development. Once your forms and essay have been received, the Graduate School will remove the hold for this requirement from your DARS (Degree Audit Report). Deadline for receipt of all forms is Friday, May 5, 2017.

    Important Information for All Students

    Caps and Gowns

    Questions about caps and gowns should be directed to the Bookstore.

    DARS Graduation Related Information

    DARS will initially note that you are not fully admitted. Once you apply for graduation and complete the process for graduation, your status will be changed to a full admit by the Graduation Office Staff. It is not an automated process. This is the message that you will see in DARS:

    GRADUATE SCHOOL -- FULL ADMISSION REQUIREMENT
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    ALL STUDENTS MUST BE FULLY ADMITTED BY THE GRADUATE SCHOOL.
    THIS REQUIREMENT WILL BE REVIEWED WHEN A
    GRADUATION APPLICATION HAS BEEN SUBMITTED.
    You will also see notices related to two additional non-course requirements for graduation:
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    COLLEGE OF BUSINESS - EXIT INTERVIEW REQUIREMENT
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    EXIT INTERVIEWS ARE SCHEDULED DURING THE LAST SEMESTER OF STUDY. STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO DO AN ESSAY AND SURVEYS. FOR DETAILS ON THE INTERVIEW AND THE ESSAY,
    VISIT mba.uakron.edu AND SELECT "ACADEMIC ADVISING" THEN SELECT Graduating.
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    Graduation Ceremony

    Contact the Graduation Services Office at 330-972-8300 or via email at uakron.edu/graduation for all questions about the graduation ceremony and tickets.