Graduation Resources

School of Professional & Graduate Studies

School of Education Graduate Programs

When Will I Graduate?

Your degree will be posted to your official academic record, your transcript, after the following has been completed:

  • You have filed the intent to graduate form
  • You have completed all degree requirements
  • The University has validated your degree completion

The “Degree Awarded” date posted to your transcript coincides with one of the following:

  • The last day of your final Baker course
  • The date of validation to the registrar of completion of final bachelor’s-level degree requirement(s) through Baker’s Prior Learning Assessment Center:
    • Nonexam submissions:
      • October 1 for December degree conferral
      • March 1 for May degree conferral
    • CLEP/DSST examinations:
      • October 1: Exam completion for December degree conferral
      • March 1: Exam completion for May degree conferral
  • December 31/May 31 for final bachelor’s-level degree requirement(s) approved and completed through another college

Degrees are conferred by the board of trustees and the president of the University and upon recommendation of the faculty. This is done twice a year and coincides with the December and May commencement ceremonies. The conferral date on your diploma is the commencement ceremony date.

Undergraduate Scholastic Honors

The determination of scholastic honors for graduates earning associate and bachelor’s degrees is determined upon completion of all degree requirements and posted to the transcript in association with the degree statement. For the purpose of recognizing scholastic honors in the commencement ceremony program, this determination is made at least six weeks before commencement. Scholastic honor cords are not part of the commencement regalia.

Graduation Fee

All students are assessed a nonrefundable graduation fee. In some degree programs this fee is incorporated into the tuition costs. Other degree programs assess this fee at the time the intent to graduate form is filed. This is a fee associated with the many and varied resources necessary for tracking, awarding and conferring degrees. No additional fee is charged for standard regalia to students who choose to participate in the commencement ceremony.

Commencement Ceremony Participation

Participation in a commencement ceremony is not required but encouraged. To participate, you must complete all degree requirements by December 31 for participation in the winter ceremony and by June 30 for participation in the spring ceremony.

Students who have completed their bachelor’s program core courses must have a plan on file with the registrar’s office validating how they will meet their final outstanding requirements by the December 31 or June 30 deadlines. This plan is submitted with the intent to graduate form.

Ordering Your Cap & Gown (Regalia)

Graduates and degree candidates who plan to participate in the commencement ceremony must place their cap and gown order online from Herff Jones.

The following deadlines* apply:

  • May commencement: March 15
  • December commencement: October 15
  • After these deadlines, please contact Academic Records at or 785.594.6451 for cap and gown availability.

*Please note these deadlines might change.

Upon placing your online order you will receive an online confirmation. Please retain this confirmation for your records. If you do not receive confirmation of your order, please contact the vendor directly.

Cap & Gown Pickup

When you order your regalia, you may choose to pick it up from the Overland Park campus. Regalia is expected to be available for pickup around December 1 for the winter ceremony and May 1 for the spring ceremony. Please watch your Baker email before these dates for more details. Home shipment is available and incurs a shipping charge.

Graduation Announcements & Class Rings

Herff Jones carries a variety of graduation-related items for Baker graduates, including class rings and announcements. View and order merchandise online at or call Herff Jones Customer Service at 1.800.837.4235.


If you have questions related to graduation resources, please contact the records office

Intent to Graduate

School of Professional & Graduate Studies

School of Education Graduate Programs

Degree candidates must submit the Intent to Graduate form before the completion of all degree requirements.

It is recommended that students file their Intent to Graduate in January (for students who will complete their degree requirements between January 1 and June 30) and in July (for students who will complete their degree requirements between July 1 and December 31).

The deadline for submission of the Intent to Graduate form is March 1 for a May degree conferral and October 1 for a December degree conferral.

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