Apply for Degree

As you start your final semester, you will need to apply for your degree in order to graduate. Before you apply, you should make an appointment with your academic advisor to ensure you are completing all degree requirements. 

How to apply

Apply for your degree in Academica no later than the end of the fifth week of classes of your final term.. Application deadlines are listed in the Academic and registration calendar.

To submit an application, log in to Academica and select Student Resources, then Student Records and then Apply for Degree or Certificate. 

You must complete the entire application. Holds will not prevent applying for your degree. There is no application fee. A confirmation notice will be sent to your WSU email address within 24 hours of submission. We recommend using a desktop or laptop computer.

Diplomas and certificates

The award date on your diploma and transcript will be the last day of final exams for the semester as indicated in the Academic and registration calendar.

Paper diplomas and certificates for all levels are 10" x 8". Starting Winter 2023, all alumni will also receive access to a digital diploma or certificate.

If you have lost or misplaced your diploma, or need an additional diploma, you can submit a duplicate diploma request. Processing fees apply.


Degree certification is not the same as participating in commencement. Commencement ceremonies are held in May and December. Those fulfilling their degree requirements in the spring/summer semester may choose to attend either ceremony.

The Commencement office coordinates the dates and location. For more information, please visit


If you have any questions, e-mail the graduation office at or call us at 313-577-2100.