Students do not need to apply for graduation
OSU uses Institutional Awarding to advance an undergraduate student to graduation candidacy once a student completes or is in the process of completing their final degree requirements.
Reserve your place at the commencement ceremony
Review your MyDegrees Audit to ensure all your course work is completed
Review your graduation audit in MyDegrees to check that you are on track for meeting graduation requirements in the term you intend to graduate. If you find errors or problems in your MyDegrees program of study, please contact your assigned academic advisor.
Review preliminary grades for spring term
OSU faculty will award preliminary grades to graduating spring term students by May. However, based on your final grades, your graduation may be cancelled and you will need to complete deficient/missing requirements at a later date.
OSU offers students who complete a research or creative project with an OSU professor the opportunity to get this notated on their official transcript. For details see transcript notation.
Attend the Grad Fair
The Grad Fair is held in the OSU Beaver Store. You can buy your cap and gown, class ring, yearbook and commencement announcements. Visit the OSU Beaver Store Graduation Center for additional information.
Complete an exit interview if you're on financial aid
Most students receiving financial aid will need to complete an exit interview before being allowed to graduate.
Update your address with anyone who sends you a bill including OSU
This can include your bank, your cell phone provider, your loan companies, and your credit card companies.
Check in with Career Services and join the Alumni Association
Utilizing both The Career Development Center and the OSU Alumni Association after graduation will be a lifesaver.
The OSU Alumni Association's Career Services has free webinars to help with their career preparation and strategies.
Compile all your electronic files in one place
Gather together all of your important documents (that you might need for job applications, writing samples, or graduate school) in one place, ideally stored in the cloud so you can access it wherever and whenever you need to.
Grab a few copies of your transcript (both official and unofficial)
New jobs, volunteer programs, and all kinds of folks may want to see your transcript after you graduate. Having a few with you will save you a lot of time, money, and trouble. Visit the Office of the Registrar's Transcript page.
Get contact information for your references
Knowing where your references will be over the next few months, as well as how to reach them, may make or break you in certain situations.
Record your addresses
You might be surprised how quickly you forget the address of the place you lived for two years. But you may need that information when you rent your next place—you often need to give a few years’ worth of past addresses when you rent a new apartment.