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Students are eligible for graduation when they meet the requirements listed in the Walden University Catalog in effect when they entered the university, unless a prior request to follow a different catalog was approved. Semester- and quarter-based students are only eligible for conferral at the end of the final academic term for which they were registered.
Students obtaining a certificate or graduate degree embedded in a higher degree must apply for conferral of the embedded credential prior to award of the higher degree. Separate graduation applications are required for each degree type.
As students approach the final requirements in their program, it is required that the student submit a Graduation Application within the first week of their final academic term. Students can find the application on the myWalden university portal under the “Student Services” tab. Students are responsible for ensuring that all personal information is correct on the graduation application. Students will be charged a fee of $25 to reissue a corrected diploma or certificate.
Upon receiving the Graduation Application, the Office of the Registrar will conduct a preliminary review of the student’s record and validate the degree requirements, ensuring that the student is nearing degree completion. Degrees will not be conferred until the Office of the Registrar has completed a final review of the degree audit and has validated that the following requirements have been successfully met:
- All grades are posted.
- All program requirements are completed.
- Required GPA is obtained.
- Dissertation or doctoral study is submitted, approved by the CAO, and published.
Upon conferral of the degree, the student will receive email confirmation via their Walden email address. The email will provide instructions on requesting an official transcript and attending the commencement ceremony, for those eligible. Please note: Only students earning a degree are eligible to attend the commencement ceremony. Students earning a certificate only are not eligible to attend. Diplomas or certificates will be mailed to the student’s address as requested on the Graduation Application approximately 4–6 weeks after the degree conferral has been processed.
The diploma indicates the student’s degree and major field of study but not the concentration or specialization. However, the concentration or specialization is indicated on the official transcript. Diplomas are 11” x 14”. Certificates are 8½” x 11”.
If a student has an outstanding financial obligation to the university, his or her transcripts and diploma or certificate will not be released, either to the student or to a third party.
For questions regarding graduation or diplomas or certificates, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions regarding graduation applications, please email email@example.com.
Second Graduate Degree
The university will not award a graduate degree with the same major or discipline more than once regardless if the original degree was from Walden or a non-related institution. This includes courses taken toward a different specialization within the degree for which a student was previously awarded. For graduate degrees, two degrees are understood to be the same if they are the same degree or contain a majority of the same core or required courses. An award from a previous non-related institution with the same degree name and major or discipline as the one being sought at Walden is presumed to be the same degree. Appeals for exceptions to this policy must demonstrate that the first degree differs significantly in the core or required curricula from the second degree being sought.
This policy does not apply to certificates.
The university honors its graduates twice a year, at summer and winter commencement ceremonies. Graduates are encouraged to invite guests to share in the celebration of their accomplishments.
Students are responsible for ensuring they meet the eligibility requirements to attend the commencement ceremony prior to making arrangements to attend. There are no exceptions to the eligibility requirements to attend the commencement ceremony. Students who have their degrees conferred in the first half of the year are eligible to attend the summer ceremony; students who have their degrees conferred in the second half of the year are eligible to attend the winter ceremony. For exact dates of eligibility and upcoming commencement locations, please find more information on Walden’s Commencement website. Invitations to the ceremony are sent via email to eligible graduates during an open registration period; the student’s degree must be conferred to complete the online registration process.
Graduates attending commencement are responsible for purchasing their regalia for the ceremony. All graduates may purchase regalia and graduation merchandise from Jostens online Walden page or by calling their dedicated Walden line at 1-800-854-7464.
For more information, students can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.