Graduation Policies

While Taylor University publishes program information and materials to assist students in planning their academic programs, students are solely responsible for ensuring that their course selections fulfill all academic program requirements and comply with the policies and procedures of the University.  Students are expected to understand that although evaluations of their academic record will be conducted by the Registrar’s Office, that students will be notified of outstanding requirements and deficiencies in their plans, and that the application for graduation requires the signatures of the advisors, students are solely responsible for ensuring that all degree requirements are met for graduation from Taylor University.

The Office of the Registrar will conduct two degree evaluations to verify if each student is on track for graduation.  Presuming the application for graduation deadline is met, the first evaluation will be completed over the summer for Spring and Summer candidates for graduation or during January for Fall and Interterm candidates for graduation.  The second evaluation will be completed prior to the last semester of enrollment.  If deficiencies are found in either evaluation, the name of the student will be removed as a candidate for completion and participation in Commencement.  It will be the responsibility of the student to notify family.  If a new definitive plan addressing the deficiencies is submitted, by May 1 for Spring and Summer candidates, the student may be reinstated as a candidate for graduation.

2018-2019 Graduates

Candidates for December 2018 or January 2019 graduation should meet with the academic advisor(s) during Interterm/Spring 2018 pre-registration advising to review progress for degree completion, verify major/minor/catalog year, and obtain any necessary course substitutions validated by the department chair (if applicable).  The preferred deadline for submission: December 1, 2017.  To apply for graduation, follow the steps outlined below.  

A. Review your My Taylor University Degree audit to be sure all program information is correct (e.g., Degree, Major(s), Minor(s), curriculum year). If you need to update any of your degree information, please come to the Registrar’s Office and complete and submit the appropriate forms.Note: It is very important all information is correct before applying for graduation!

B. Login to the MyTalor portal. 

C. Click on the TOWER icon.

D. In TOWER click on the “Student Services” tab.

E. On the “Student Services” tab click on the link “Submit Graduation Application.”

F. Complete and submit the next steps:

  1. When asked to "Select a term to determine curriculum for graduation application," you should simply select the current term and click [Submit].
  2. Select the appropriate primary program; normally there would only be one unless you are a double-degree (e.g., BA, BS) and click [Continue].
  3. Select your "Graduation Date" from the drop-down menu and click [Continue].
  4. Next, indicate if you are planning to attend Commencement in May.  (Attendance is expected for everyone; if you are not planning to attend, you must also email the Director of Graduation your intent.)  Click [Continue].
  5. Select the name you wish to appear on your diploma; it will also appear this way in the Commencement program) and click [Continue]. 
  6. If necessary, type in your name exactly how you wish it to appear and click [Continue].
  7. Select your mailing address for your diploma and click [Continue].
  8. If necessary, type in your mailing address and click [Continue].
  9. Verify that all information is correct and click [Submit Request]. 
  10. A confirmation message may appear once the application has been submitted--this is for your records only and should not be submitted to the Office of the Registrar.
  11. If you have submitted your application by the posted deadline, your graduation progress should be evaluated in January or Summer and you should receive notification prior to the Spring or Fall semester.

Note: You should work with your advisor to ensure all degree requirements can be met by the anticipated graduation date, but future planned courses are no longer included in the graduation application by the student; the Office of the Registrar will provide students with a detailed list of all degree requirements outstanding after a degree evaluation is performed during the Summer (prior to the Fall semester).  

The Commencement ceremony for students completing on the above dates will be held Saturday, May 18, 2019.

2017-2018 Graduates

Candidates for December 2017 or January 2018 graduation should meet with the academic advisor(s) during Interterm/Spring 2017 pre-registration advising to complete the Application for Graduation packet and receive a Registration Access Code (RAC) information sheet. Approved application packets (.pdf) and, if applicable, course substitutions validated by the department chair will need to be submitted with the RAC sheet to the Registrar's Office before the registration PIN will be released for priority registration. The preferred deadline for submission of the application: December 1, 2016. 

The Commencement ceremony for students completing on the above dates will be held Saturday, May 19, 2018.

Candidates for May or Summer 2018 graduation should meet with the academic advisor(s) during Summer/Fall 2017 pre-registration advising to review progress for degree completion and obtain any necessary course substitutions validated by the department chair (if applicable).  The preferred deadline for submission: May 1, 2017.  To apply for graduation, follow the steps outlined below.  

A. Review your My Taylor University Degree audit to be sure all program information is correct (e.g., Degree, Major(s), Minor(s), curriculum year). If you need to update any of your degree information, please come to the Registrar’s Office and complete and submit the appropriate forms.Note: It is very important all information is correct before applying for graduation!

B. Login to the MyTalor portal. 

C. Click on the TOWER icon.

D. In TOWER click on the “Student Services” tab.

E. On the “Student Services” tab click on the link “Submit Graduation Application.”

F. Complete and submit the next steps:

  1. When asked to "Select a term to determine curriculum for graduation application," you should simply select the current term and click [Submit].
  2. Select the appropriate primary program; normally there would only be one unless you are a double-degree (e.g., BA, BS) and click [Continue].
  3. Select your "Graduation Date" from the drop-down menu and click [Continue].
  4. Next, indicate if you are planning to attend Commencement in May.  (Attendance is expected for everyone; if you are not planning to attend, you must also email the Director of Graduation your intent.)  Click [Continue].
  5. Select the name you wish to appear on your diploma; it will also appear this way in the Commencement program) and click [Continue]. 
  6. If necessary, type in your name exactly how you wish it to appear and click [Continue].
  7. Select your mailing address for your diploma and click [Continue].
  8. If necessary, type in your mailing address and click [Continue].
  9. Verify that all information is correct and click [Submit Request]. 
  10. A confirmation message may appear once the application has been submitted--this is for your records only and should not be submitted to the Office of the Registrar.
  11. If you have submitted your application by the posted deadline, your graduation progress should be evaluated in January or Summer and you should receive notification prior to the Spring or Fall semester.

Note: You should work with your advisor to ensure all degree requirements can be met by the anticipated graduation date, but future planned courses are no longer included in the graduation application by the student; the Office of the Registrar will provide students with a detailed list of all degree requirements outstanding after a degree evaluation is performed during the Summer (prior to the Fall semester).  

The Commencement ceremony for students completing on the above dates will be held Saturday, May 19, 2018.

2016-2017 Graduates

Candidates for May or Summer 2017 graduation should have met with their academic advisor(s) during Summer/Fall 2016 academic advising to complete and submit the Application for Graduation packet (.pdf) and course substitutions validated by the department chair (if applicable).  The preferred deadline for submission: May 2, 2016.

Candidates for December 2016 or January 2017 graduation should have met with their academic advisor(s) during Interterm/Spring 2016 pre-registration advising to complete and submit the Application for Graduation packet (.pdf) and course substitutions validated by the department chair (if applicable).  The preferred deadline for submission of the application: December 1, 2015. 

The Commencement ceremony for students completing on the above dates will be held Saturday, May 20, 2017.

Graduate Students

Candidates for a Masters degree should complete and print the Application for Graduation and meet with their academic advisors to approve and submit the application. The deadline for submission of the application is two semesters prior to the anticipated graduation date. The preferred deadline for submission: two semesters prior to graduation date.