Students recommended to apply for graduation
By Rebeka Silva
The deadline to apply for the May 1 graduation ceremonies is drawing closer: March 29.
Applying for graduation has many benefits including checking if your grades and credits are in order, and having your name and information printed in the commencement program.
After all applications are in, student life sends e-mails containing information for cap and gown, and ticket pick-up.
However, applying for graduation is not mandatory.
But, Euphemia Jackson, an adviser that deals with the graduation process, says that she encourages students to meet with an advisor.
“We tell students to come in and see an advisor, just in case there is something that needs to be done,” Jackson said. “It may be easier in the long run.”
At an unscheduled time before graduation, a system scan is run to check who is eligible to graduate. If the scan is done past the deadline for applying for graduation, the names of those who didn’t apply will not be in the commencement program.
Dalton Francis, a 19-year-old hospitality major at North Campus, said he would not have known to apply for graduation had it not been for his mother, who knew about the graduation process from when she graduated from Miami Dade College.
Sherry Rix, transfer coordinator at North Campus, said that many students are not aware of applying for graduation because there is no information given to students on applying for it.
Rix also said that contrary to what students think graduation is not automatic.
“A lot of people think because it shows you have completed the credits, you’re done,” Rix said, “but you’re not.”
If students miss the March 29 deadline, it does not mean they are not able to graduate.
“Students can still apply afterwards, their name just won’t be in the commencement program,” Jackson said.
Extra caps and gowns are available at the graduation site if students appear the day of.
Rix said that an e-mail is sent out to those who qualify for graduation after the scan is done, but that this system is not infallible.
“You might get an e-mail,” Rix said, “you might not.”
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