Graduation Checklist for the Specialist in Education

Graduation Checklist for the Specialist in Education

Program Requirements

Students are responsible for the completion of all program-specific requirements in order to receive a degree. Requirements are published in the School of Education Graduate Bulletin.

Program of Studies

All students must have a current Program of Studies form signed by their advisor and approved by the department chair. The department office will scan and submit the approved Program of Studies form to the Office of Graduate Studies, and then the record will be reviewed for conferral of a degree. If you do not have an approved Program of Studies form on file, it may delay your graduation. Please see your department for a Program of Studies form and work with the department to submit it to the Office of Graduate Studies when complete.

Nomination to Award Degree of Specialist in Education

You must submit a Nomination to Award Degree of Specialist in Education Form during the semester you plan to graduate. If you have not already done so, please download the form and complete it with your advisory committee.

Application for Graduation

An Application for Graduation form must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies several months prior to the degree conferral date.

Failure to apply for graduation by the deadline may result in your name not appearing in the Commencement program and could result in your graduation being deferred to the next available date.

To apply, click below to log into GEMS. Click on the Graduation tab, then click Apply to GraduateBy following the link below, you are indicating that you have read and understand the information on this page.

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Federal law requires that the university collect information on all degree-seeking students which specify when a student expects to graduate. In addition, most financial aid providers require the same information as part of the enrollment verification process.


There are two Commencement ceremonies per year in Bloomington. They are held in May and December. All students are encouraged to participate in the Commencement ceremonies. Students graduating in January—August will be listed in the May Commencement program and students graduating in September—December will be listed in the December Commencement program.

Get more information about IU Bloomington Commencement.

Graduation Apparel & Announcements

The IU Bookstore has complete information on caps and gowns, hoods, and announcements. The bookstore begins taking orders for graduation apparel and announcements in February for May Commencement and in October for December Commencement. If you have any further questions, please call the bookstore at (812) 855-6018 or (812) 855-3016.

Wheelchair or Seating Concerns for the Graduation Ceremony

Contact the Alumni Association at 812-855-4822 or toll free 800-824-3044; email: or go to the IU Bloomington Commencement website.


All applicants should review their transcripts and ensure that all incompletes have been changed to a grade. If there are incompletes remaining on your transcript, your graduation may be delayed. Please see your advisor if you have any incompletes.

Verify Name and Address

Your name will appear on your diploma as it appears in the Office of the Registrar records. It is your responsibility to ensure that your name is spelled correctly and appears in the form you desire. Diplomas are mailed eight to ten weeks after the graduation date to your permanent address as listed in the Office of the Registrar's records. It is your responsibility to ensure that your address is current and correct.

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