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graduating students

What are Graduation and Commencement?

Graduation is actually receiving a degree or certificate 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. Degrees and Certificates are not automatically awarded. Students MUST complete an Application for Graduation to be considered for a degree. It is important to make sure you meet with your program advisor to confirm all requirements are being met. 

Commencement is the graduation ceremony and a celebration of accomplishments. Students are not required to walk in the commencement ceremony, and participating in Commencement does not guarantee graduation. Commencement allows parents, friends, faculty, and fellow students to recognize and celebrate graduating students' achievements. Students must complete the RSVP form to walk in the commencement ceremony. 

CSI Commencement Ceremony Information

GED® Commencement Ceremony

Questions About Graduation & Diplomas

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 as soon as registered for their final semester. 

If you plan to graduate in:

Graduation application:

for Graduation Application:

Spring (May)

November 1

June 1

Summer (July)

April 1*

September 1

Fall (December)

April 1

January 15


The Recommend Graduation Application Date is the date we suggest you apply by in order to have your application reviewed in time to make adjustments to the class schedule for your final semester, if needed.  Early applications are encouraged.

The Graduation Application Deadline Date is the date a graduation application must be submitted by in order to graduate in that semester. Note: the graduation application date may cause you to miss commencement participation.  Apply by March 31 to be included in the commencement program and have the opportunity to walk in the ceremony.

*If you will complete all requirements during summer or fall semester, but wish to participate in the May commencement, you must have 10 or less required credits remaining at the end of Spring semester and apply by the March 31 commencement deadline.

How do I apply to graduate?
  • 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 apply late?

If you miss the commencement application deadline, your name will not be printed in the commencement program and you may not be able to walk in the commencement ceremony.

What happens if the I miss the graduation application deadline?

Your graduation date may have to be moved forward to the next semester. For example, if you want to graduate in Summer, but do not apply until September 17th, your graduation date would be moved to December instead of backdated to August.

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.

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

Can I get a replacement diploma?
Students may request a replacement diploma for a small fee. You will need to know your student ID and year of graduation.