Congratulations! You've made history with the best and the brightest who choose to Go West!

Now it's time to prepare for graduation! From assisting students with missing degree requirements to staging the commencement ceremony, the Graduation Team in the Registrar's Office is here to help you make your mark as you transition from student to Alumni.

If you are an Graduate student seeking a Master's, Specialist or Doctoral degree, the steps listed here will assist you as you prepare for graduation.

Make a Plan & Apply for Graduation

Students who intend on applying for graduation should review their Wolf Watch Degree Audit and schedule an appointment with their Program Advisor to make a plan for completing missing degree requirements. The Graduation Team recommends that graduate students who are at 80% degree completion in Wolf Watch apply for graduation for a future term. The Graduation Team partners with Program Advisors on informing students of their missing requirements and ways to satisfy those missing requirements. Students who apply for graduation will receive official correspondence from the Graduation Team notifying them of missing degree requirements. Students are also encouraged to review the various policies that govern graduation procedures and requirements.

Apply for Graduation

Submit the Online Graduate Application for Graduation and $40.00 application fee  by the appropriate deadline. To access the Online Graduation Application and Fee Payment, logon to MyUWG, select the Banweb tab, select the "Student Services & Financial Aid" link, and then, select the "Graduation Application" option.

Graduation Application Deadlines

Spring Graduation Fall Graduation Summer Graduation
October 1st August 1st March 1st

Graduation Application Deadlines

  • Spring Graduation: October 1st
    Fall Graduation: August 1st
    Summer Graduation: March 1st


The Graduation Application is where you notify the Graduation Team the term in which you intend to graduate, the name you wish to have displayed on your diploma as well as if you intend to march in the commencement ceremony. If your legal name differs from the legal name UWG has on your Academic Record, you'll need to submit a Name Change Application to have your legal name updated.

Thesis or Dissertation Track

Submit the thesis or dissertation to ProQuest by the deadlines listed below: 

Spring Graduation Summer Graduation Fall Graduation
April 1st July 1st November 1st

Submit the thesis or dissertation to ProQuest by the deadlines listed below: 

  • Spring Graduation: April 1st
    Summer Graduation: July 1st
    Fall Graduation: November 1st

Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement

If you are obtaining a Master of Arts (M.A.) in English or History, you will need to satisfy the Foreign Language Proficiency degree requirement. To satisfy this requirement, students may complete the prescribed coursework as indicated by the College of Arts & Humanities or successfully pass the Graduate Foreign Language Proficiency Exam. 

Check Your MyUWG Email & Tentative List

Your MyUWG Email is how the Graduation Team will send you official correspondences regarding missing degree requirements, information about the commencement ceremony, and information about your diploma. Students are encouraged to check their MyUWG email frequently in the months and weeks leading up to graduation. Additionally, students are encouraged to continue checking their MyUWG email after graduation for information concerning their diploma.

The Graduate Tentative List is updated weekly on Fridays. The list is a representation of students that have applied for graduation and are possible graduation candidates. Students should use this list to verify their Diploma Name (as indicated on the Graduation Application), their Degree, Major, and Concentration as well as their diploma delivery method (mail or pick up). The information displayed on the Graduate Tentative List is considered "Directory Information" under the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA) and may be released by the University of West Georgia. Students who do not wish to have their information released should complete a "Directory Information Non-Disclosure" form.

Prepare for the Commencement Ceremony

.All graduating students are highly encouraged to attend the commencement ceremony. Students indicate on their Graduation Application if they plan on attending the ceremony. Students who decide to change their attendance status should contact the Graduation Team at graduation@westga.edu. Students may purchase their cap, gown & tassel from the University Bookstore. Additionally, students are highly encouraged to attend the Graduation Fair that is held every year in March. Please visit the General Commencement Ceremony page for additional information.