Congratulations to our Spring and Summer 2017 graduates!

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Microbiology Graduation Ceremony

Each spring and fall semester the department recognizes the graduating Microbiology seniors. Microbiology undergraduates planning on graduating in the summer semester are invited to participate in the spring ceremony, which is held in the afternoon of the day of the spring semester Commencement.  Friends and family of graduating seniors are invited to attend the ceremony.  The format of the ceremony consists of opening remarks and introductions, some light-hearted entertainment, a brief talk by a distinguished alumnus, and individual recognition of the scholastic and personal achievements of each student in attendance. Students interested in participating in the ceremony must complete a questionnaire that can be obtained by reqeust to The graduation ceremony is followed by an informal reception where students’ families can meet faculty and staff of the Microbiology department.

Upcoming Program Details:

Fall 2017 Graduating MIBO Seniors:  Please contact to receive a link with information and instructions for participation.

What do you need to do to prepare for graduation?

It is highly recommended to complete a graduation check within one to two semesters of your intended graduation date.  Info here GCO Info Card-draft 2.pdf 

All students MUST apply for graduation by the withdrawal deadline of the term in which they plan to complete degree requirements and graduate.

How to apply for graduation in ATHENA.

You must APPLY to graduate even if you are NOT attending a graduation celebration.

1)         Log into Athena

2)         Choose Student tab

3)         Select "Apply to Graduate"

4)         Follow directions

5)         If you need help, please contact the Graduation Certification Office

If you plan to graduate Fall 2017, please apply for graduation now to make sure you meet requirements (don't wait until the deadline).

If your declared graduation date is Fall 2017, but you will not be graduating, you must inform your advisor.


Planning to gradute Spring or Summer 2018?  The graduation application for those semesters can be accessed starting Monday, August 21, 2017.  Please use the instructions above to apply.

PLEASE NOTE:   Summer 2018 Graduates:  If you are completing graduation requirements during Summer 2018 semester, you MUST apply for Summer 2018 graduation.  You will still be able to participate in the Spring Commencement Ceremony and your name will be printed in the program (as long as there is no FERPA restriction on your record).  Please make sure you are choosing the correct graduation application term and if you are unsure, discuss with your advisor.  There is always a lot of confusion regarding Summer vs. Spring graduation and it is a lengthy process to have your graduation application updated to the correct term.