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Completing a Degree or Certificate

Degrees and Certificates are not automatically awarded. Students MUST complete an Application for Graduation to be considered for a degree.

The Difference between Graduation and Commencement

Graduation is actually receiving a degree from The College of Southern Idaho. A student is graduated from the college only after completing all degree or program requirements, completing a graduation application, and paying all outstanding fees.

Commencement is the graduation ceremony. It is a celebration of accomplishments. Students are not required to walk in the commencement ceremony, nor does it guarantee graduation. It is important to make sure you meet with your program advisor to confirm all requirements are being met.

Commencement Ceremony Information

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know whether I am ready to apply for graduation?

Meet with your Academic Advisor to review your Graduation Degree Audit Report. If you are ready to graduate, all requirements should show as "met" or "in progress."

What is a degree audit?

A degree audit is the process of checking your records to ensure you have met all requirements for graduation. This includes making sure transfer courses and substitutions have been properly applied. See the Office of the Registrar if you have any questions.


When should I apply?

Students should apply for graduation the semester prior to degree/certificate completion.

If you plan to graduate in... Priority application deadline is... Final application is...
Spring October 15 May 1
Summer March 15* July 1
Fall July 15* December 1

*If you will complete all requirements during summer or fall semester, but wish to participate in May commencement, you must:

  • have 10 or fewer required credits remaining at the end of Spring semester
  • apply by the Spring priority deadline to be included in the commencement program
How do I apply?
  • In MyCSI select Graduation Information under the Academics Tab.
  • Select the Apply for Graduation tile.
  • Complete and submit the form.
  • Check your CSI email for confirmation and status of your application.
What happens if I miss the priority deadline?
If you miss the Spring graduation application deadline, your name will not be printed in the commencement program.
What happens if I miss the Final Application deadline?

Your completion date will be moved to the next semester.

How will I know whether my application has been received?

Your browser will display a confirmation message once the application has been submitted without error. Once your application has been reviewed by Office of the Registrar, you will receive an email stating whether all requirements have been met.

When and where do I buy my cap and gown for the Commencement Ceremony?

Caps and Gowns will be available for purchase from the CSI Bookstore at GRAD FEST in April.

What is Grad Fest?

Grad Fest is graduates one-stop way to get all the information you need about commencement. Grad Fest features information about the following commencement-related items:

  • Purchase Regalia: caps, gowns, and tassels ($35)
  • Order Custom Announcements (($19.95 for the first 10)
  • Bring your friends and favorite faculty member to get your picture taken in the Photo Booth!
  • Get your picture one last time with "Gilbert" the Golden Eagle
  • CSI Alumni Association
  • CSI Financial Aid Office
  • Ordering your transcript
  • Idaho transfer information

* The first 200 students who check-in will receive a gift from the Office of the Registrar.

When will I receive my diploma?

Grades are due the Tuesday following the end of the term. Once all grades are submitted by faculty, transcripts are reviewed for completion. Transcripts are evaluated based on Graduation Application date. This takes approximately 6 weeks. Once all transcripts have been reviewed for completion, diplomas are printed and mailed. This takes an additional 6-8 weeks. Please allow 3 months to receive your diploma. Your transcript will reflect graduation as soon as it has been evaluated. Transcripts can be ordered from the National Student Clearinghouse at