Apply for Graduation

Apply for Graduation

All students must apply to graduate.


The graduation application can now be accessed via the Student Information Portal.

Find the application by logging into the portal, clicking the ‘Students’ tab, and then select the ‘Graduation Application’ from the menu on the left

If you have questions or inquiries regarding the graduation application process, please contact the Office of the Registrar at (276) 328-0116.

UVA Wise Student Graduation Check List

  1. Fill out the Graduation & Degree Application.
  2. Review the GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS in your UVA Wise college catalog. **
  3. Obtain approval for each major from appropriate department chair..
  4. Submit completed Graduation Application to the Office of Registrar by the deadline.
    All graduation applications for the upcoming academic year will be due in February. (For example: students that expect to graduate in December 2021, May 2022, or Summer 2022 need to apply by February 2021).
  5. Check your on-line Advising report frequently
  6. Watch your UVA Wise e-mail account for updates & critical announcements
  7. Check requirements for graduating with honors.
  8. Many students require an “exit interview.” Check with the Financial Aid Office to see what needs to be done.
  9. Check for university holds/stop codes. Your diploma cannot be mailed or picked-up until all financial obligations to the university have been met.
  10. Leave a forwarding address with the UVA Wise Post Office. Complete a change of address form in the Registrar’s Office.
  11. Register with the Alumni Office.


The final responsibility for meeting graduation requirements rests with each individual student. Requirements for graduating with a degree from UVA Wise include:

  • A minimum of 120 semester hours. (At most, two hours earned in physical education activities courses may be counted as part of the 120 hour requirement.) Completion of the general education requirements is considered to be part of the 120 hours.
  • An overall grade point average of 2.00 or higher for all college level work (including all coursework at other institutions) and 2.00 or higher on all work attempted at UVA Wise.
  • In the major area, a grade point average of at least 2.00 or higher as prescribed by the major.
  • Completion of requirements for one of the major program areas and the general education requirements as described in the catalog of record.
  • Completion of at least 45 semester hours through UVA Wise, with a minimum of 15 semester hours of upper-level courses completed in the major.
  • Completion of at least 58 semester hours in a regionally accredited four-year college or university.
  • The filing of an application for graduation with the Office of the Registrar at least one full semester prior to the anticipated graduation date.
  • Completion of the Cultural Activities Requirement.

A student will normally meet the graduation requirements outlined in the College catalog of the year in which the student entered the College. A student may elect to satisfy the requirements outlined in a catalog subsequent to those in effect when the student entered. However, a student may not use the requirements outlined in a catalog that is more than eight years old at the time a student graduates. A student may change catalogs by declaring a major with the appropriate Department Chair (see Declaration of Major).

Graduating seniors must be in good standing with respect to academics (see above) and the College judicial system. Any student who is not in good standing judicially, who has penalties levied but not satisfied as the result of a judicial process , or who has an Honor Court case pending will be allowed to walk during the graduation ceremony, but will not receive a diploma or transcript. The student’s diploma and/or transcript will not be forthcoming until all penalties are satisfied and all sanctions are lifted.


**Requirements for graduating with a degree from UVA Wise can be found in the UVA Wise college catalog. The final responsibility for meeting graduation requirements rests with each individual student.