2601 Gentilly Boulevard
New Orleans, Louisiana 70122
Due to COVID-19 and to ensure the health and safety of our graduates, their families, our visitors and the Dillard community, the 2020 Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies have been postponed until further notice. Seniors who qualify for graduation, however, will still be conferred their degrees via our Virtual Degree Conferral on May 9, 2020.
Dillard holds one commencement exercise annually, in May. In order to participate,
graduating seniors must be enrolled in ALL remaining required courses by the last
day of the add/drop period during that semester. In addition, students enrolled in
all required classes but fail only one required course during the semester will be
allowed to participate in commencement exercise. Withdrawal from any required courses
will prevent students from participating in the commencement exercise.
This change in the marching policy does not affect the degree conferral policy. Degrees will continue to be conferred in May, August and December.
Each senior must have:
COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY ATTIRE
The purpose of these guidelines are to ensure that each commencement participant upholds the standards of Dillard University while maintaining uniformity.
Required commencement ceremony attire for women:
Required commencement ceremony attire for men:
Graduating seniors in inappropriate attire will not be allowed to participate in Commencement.
POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Application for Graduation
Students who expect to receive a degree in May must register as a candidate for graduation in the Office of the Registrar by the specified date of that graduation year.
Certification For Degree Audits
It is the student’s responsibility to meet with the assigned faculty advisor immediately upon arriving on campus in the fall semester and to observe deadlines indicated in the most current version of the Academic Calendar. The audit of courses in the major is also in the University Catalog.
The degree audit is a valuable tool because it matches the courses that the student has taken with the requirements of his/her degree program. The degree audit is not the student's official University academic record. However, the transcript is the official record of completed work and is kept in the Office of Records and Registration. An unofficial transcript must be kept in the student’s folder with the degree audit, copies of student schedules, and all correspondence concerning the student. The degree audit should match the transcript. Both the registrar and the student’s advisor maintain student audits. The registrar sends the chair of the school an audit of the student’s transcript when the student submits an application for graduation to the Office of Records and Registration. The school chair compares the registrar’s audit of the student’s transcript to the audit of the courses in the student’s major conducted by the student and his/her advisor. This audit must follow the student in the student’s folder which follows the student from the First Year Experience to his/her major academic program.
The process begins with the student and the assigned faculty advisor in the first weeks of the fall semester. When reviewing the certification for degree audit the student should consult with his/her advisor for several reasons. If the certification for degree audit identifies unfulfilled requirements, there are often several alternatives for satisfying these requirements. The student and faculty advisor should discuss which courses to schedule based on the student's abilities, interests, and plans. Advising is also needed in determining the best combinations of courses to
schedule each semester in order to meet requirements. In addition, advising is necessary because changes to the student's audit may be appropriate. For example, when a course transfers from another institution and does not have an equivalent Dillard University course, it is listed on the audit as an elective. When reviewed, it may be found to meet a degree requirement.
After the student and assigned faculty advisor agree on the certification of degree audit, they both sign the audit and the advisor sends the form to the school chair for review.
After the school chair reviews the audits, he/she sends the degree audits to the college dean.
The college dean reviews, signs and sends the degree audits to the Office of Records and Registration for final review and approval.
The Office of Records and Registration will conduct the final certification of degree audit and send a list of graduating seniors and seniors who are found ineligible to graduate to the chairs and the college deans. Students who are found ineligible to graduate will be notified by email through their Dillard email address and instructed to re-file for a subsequent semester.
A copy of this letter will be sent to chairs. Students who do not receive a confirmation
of graduation/status update by the posted date should email the Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Office of Records and Registration distributes degrees. Degrees are not available until after they are conferred.
If you do not receive your degree on the day of graduation, you must contact the Office of Records and Registration to arrange receipt of your degree and complimentary transcript. All financial obligations (holds on your record) must be cleared before the Office of Records and Registration can release your transcript and degree.
Commencement ceremonies are held only in May. All May graduates are expected to attend commencement unless the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs has approved the awarding of the degree in absentia.
2601 Gentilly Boulevard
New Orleans, Louisiana 70122