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Apply for Graduation

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Who Can Apply?

College of Arts and Sciences students who have earned at least 80 credit hours are eligible to apply for graduation. To be eligible to graduate, you must complete a Graduation Application. The application is available online through LOCUS. Early application ensures that you will receive an audit of your remaining graduation requirements prior to enrolling in your final semester’s classes.

What Happens When You Apply?

When you submit your application, you initiate an "audit" of your Core, major, minor, and college requirements by your College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) advisor. Upon completion, your advisor will e-mail you a copy of the graduation audit, which details your remaining requirements for graduation. You may also choose to schedule an appointment to personally review your remaining requirements with your advisor. To schedule an appointment, please call the CAS Dean’s Office at 773.508.3500. (If you are based at the Water Tower Campus, please call the CAS Dean's Office at WTC at 312.915.6520.)

When to Apply

Students may apply to graduate in the Winter, Spring, or Summer term. This means you will plan to complete all of your degree requirements in that term.

Expected Graduation Term Graduation Application Deadline
Fall (December) March 1
Spring (May) October 1
Summer (August) October 1



Early application is strongly encouraged to ensure that you receive your graduation audit prior to enrolling in your final semester’s classes. Students who do not apply by the application deadline must contact the CAS Dean’s Office.

Where to Apply

The Graduation Application is available online through LOCUS. If you do not see your "expected graduation term" as one of the options on the application, please contact the CAS Dean's Office. Students who do not apply by the application deadline must contact the CAS Dean’s Office.

Why Apply?

To be eligible to graduate, you must apply. Also, by applying early, you ensure that you receive your graduation audit prior to registration for your final semester. 

How to Apply

Please follow these steps to complete your application in LOCUS:

  1. Log into LOCUS
  2. Enter your ‘Student Center’
  3. Use the drop-down menu to select ‘Apply for Graduation’
  4. Select your desired program
  5. Select your desired graduation term
  6. Press ‘Continue’ and proofread the application information
  7. Verify or update your name as it will appear on your diploma
  8. Verify or update your permanent address
  9. Indicate whether you will attend the graduation ceremony
  10. Press ‘Save Changes’
  11. Press ‘Continue’
  12. Press ‘Submit Application’

Commencement ceremony

For information on the CAS Commencement ceremony, please visit the Commencement website.

‌FAQs

1. How do I know if my application was received?

When you submit your application, you initiate an audit of your Core, major, minor, and college requirements by your College of Arts and Sciences advisor. Upon completion, your advisor will e-mail you a copy of the audit, which details your remaining requirements for graduation.

2. When should I expect to receive my graduation audit?

It is our goal to complete your audit as soon as possible. Early application is strongly encouraged to ensure that you receive your graduation audit prior to enrolling in your final semester’s classes.

3. Is there a graduation application fee?

Yes. For undergraduates, graduation fees will be billed to your student account after reaching 90 credit hours. Please visit the Office of the Bursar (linked below) for more information.

4. What if my major or minor is not correctly identified in LOCUS?

Please complete major/minor declaration cards available from the Hub or the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office.

5. What if my expected term of graduation changes?

Please contact your assigned academic advisor to reapply.

6. What if my legal name has changed?

The name that will appear on your diploma will be your Primary Name recorded in LOCUS. If any changes are required, you are asked to enter those changes in LOCUS.  If your Diploma Name differs significantly from your Primary Name, a notarized Name Change Request must be filed in the Office of Registration and Records.

7. What if I wish to have my diploma mailed to another address?

If you wish to have your diploma mailed to another address, please complete the Temporary Diploma Mailing Address form (PDF) and email if to diploma@luc.edu.

8. What grade point average is needed to be eligible for laudatory honors?

Students earning 60 or more graded Loyola credits are eligible to graduate with laudatory honors according to the criteria below. This outstanding accomplishment will be noted on the students' diplomas, transcripts, and at the graduation ceremony.

Cumulative Loyola GPA

Laudatory Honor

3.500 - 3.699 Cum laude (with praise)
3.700 - 3.899 Magna cum laude (with high praise)
3.900 - 4.000 Summa cum laude (with highest praise)


Note:
GPA is not rounded for laudatory honors.

Helpful Links

Loyola

College of Arts and Sciences
Lake Shore Campus · 1032 W. Sheridan Rd., Sullivan Center 235, Chicago, IL 60660 · 773.508.3500
Water Tower Campus · 820 N. Michigan Ave., Lewis Towers 930, Chicago, IL 60611 · 312.915.6520
casloyola@luc.edu

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