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Graduation & Commencement

Congratulations, Class of 2020!

You can now petition for graduation (certificates or degrees) from the Panther Portal! Please familiarize yourself with our upcoming graduation petition deadlines, important announcements, and FAQs.

Deadlines to Petition:
Summer 2019- July 3
Fall 2019- November 1
Spring 2020- April 10* NEW DATE 

Due to campus closure, the Office of Admissions and Records has extended the graduation application deadline to Friday, April 10, 2020. If you are experiencing difficulties accessing the online application, please email MortonGrad for assistance. In your email, please include your full name, student ID number, and degree/certificate program.


Important Announcements:

We encourage you to meet with your Academic Advisor each semester but especially if you are unsure about having met the graduation requirements. There are deadlines to petition each semester so it is important to plan accordingly.

Check this page frequently for information regarding cap and gown ordering and commencement ceremony instructions for more information.

Further commencement related questions may be directed to:

Jim O'Connell

Student Development Liaison
(708) 656-8000
Ext: #2459
Building B

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I know that I am eligible to graduate?

Ideally, all students should meet at least once a semester with their assigned academic advisor to discuss academic plans. If you are unsure of your eligibility to graduate, please call 708-656-8000 ext. 2250 to schedule an appointment with your advisor.

How do I apply for graduation?

It’s easy! We now have an online Student Self-Service menu that enables all candidates to apply for graduation online. Please refer to our PDF handout guide to view all steps. 

When I try to submit my application, I do not see my program of study. There are other programs listed that are outdated or incorrect. What do I do?

All programs listed at the initial log-in of your graduation application are those that are listed as active in our student account system. At one point, you may have selected these programs when you first applied to the college but had not updated this information with either your advisor or admissions department.  Before proceeding with the application, be sure to contact your academic advisor or visit Admissions (1st floor, Building B) to update your program of study. Once you have completed the process, you can then complete your graduation application.  IMPORTANT: If you are unsure of which program you are applying to, please visit your academic advisor immediately. 

I made a mistake on my application! What can I do?

If you have incorrectly entered information on your application (misspelled name, wrong diploma address, etc) you should be able to log into your application before the deadline to make corrections.  If you are unable to make changes, please email us at as soon as possible. We will work with you! 

What’s the difference between applying for graduation and participating in commencement? Are they the same?

Great question! There is a key difference between the two. A student can apply for graduation in any term. This includes: summer, fall and spring. Applying for graduation (also known as petitioning to graduate) indicates that you intend to finish your degree (s) or certificate(s) by the end of the term. For example, students who are in their final semester of their program this spring term should apply for graduation before the April 1st deadline to ensure that their transcripts and diploma reflect a spring graduation date. Summer and fall semesters have specific deadlines as well. Please be sure to visit this site regularly for any updates on deadline dates. Commencement is the ceremony that occurs every year in May to celebrate our graduates. Participating in commencement is completely optional but strongly encouraged.

I graduated in summer, can I still participate in commencement?

Students who graduated in the summer and fall terms preceding the commencement date are invited to participate. For example, students who graduated during summer 2019, fall 2019, and spring 2020 are invited to participate in the May 2020 commencement ceremony. All graduates should indicate if they are participating in commencement on their graduation application.

I selected not to participate in commencement when I completed my application, but I change my mind. Can I still participate?

If you have already submitted your graduation application, please email us at indicating that you would like to participate in commencement. Please note that we have a firm deadline to place all cap and gown orders. We will try our best to accommodate each request.

Is there a fee involved with applying for graduation or participating in commencement?

Yes. A fee of $21.75 will be assessed for each graduation application that you submit. Please note that students are only allowed to apply for two credentials each term.  There is an additional fee for those who select to participate in commencement. Payments can be made online through your Panther Portal under Student Self-Service-Financial Information or in person at the Cashier’s department (1st floor, Building A).  NOTE: If you opt not to submit payment when you initially submit your application, you will automatically be assessed the $21.75 graduation fee on your student account. All fees must be paid by the application deadline. Diplomas or transcripts will not be released for students with outstanding balances.  

If I fail a class or find that I am not eligible to graduate this term, can I get a refund? What happens to my application?

Graduation fees are non-refundable. You cannot transfer payment to future semesters.

If you are deficient credit or have failed to meet the requirements for your program, you are responsible for submitting a new application during the next graduation petition cycle. 

I participated in commencement, am I officially a graduate?

Graduating is contingent upon your successful completion of all program and institutional requirements. Your graduation audit and application are reviewed twice to ensure that you have completed your requirements successfully. The first review is conducted by your academic advisor during the semester and the final review is conducted by the Credential Analyst/Degree Auditor at the end of the term. With the volume of applications, it may take approximately 8-10 business weeks after the end of the term for all graduation audits to be reviewed during the final reviewing stage. Students who successfully completed their requirements will be mailed a diploma during this timeframe. Those who were deficient will receive a letter in the mail and notification to their Morton email account.

When should I expect my diploma?

With the volume of applications, it may take approximately 8-10 business weeks after the end of the term for all graduation audits to be reviewed during the final reviewing stage. Students who successfully completed their requirements will be mailed a diploma during this timeframe. Those who were deficient will receive a letter in the mail and notification to their Morton email account.

How many degrees and certificates can I apply for at once?

Students can apply for TWO (2) credentials per term. Should you have questions pertaining to your graduation eligibility, please visit your academic advisor.

What if I have more questions?

Feel free to reach out to your academic advisor or one of our clerks in the Admissions department. The phone numbers are: 708-656-8000 ext. 2250 for Advising and 708-656-8000 ext. 2346 for Admissions. We are conveniently located on the first floor of Building B. You can also email us at  We are more than happy to help!