1. Application for Graduation
It is your responsibility to obtain and file an "Application for Graduation" request with the Records office (1-269-471-6230). Here is the link for the online graduation application Graduation ceremonies are in May and August; there is also a December graduation when degrees are conferred, but students do not march. Consult the academic calendar for application deadlines, which are 3-4 months in advance of graduation. 

Update Contact Information: Before applying for graduation, students should update their contact information by going to this link

Name Change Request
Students who have legally changed their names OR whose name is incorrect in the database should fill out a Name Change Request form. This form needs to be sent to the office of Academic Records. This is to change your name as it appears in the Academic Records database and is reflected on your transcripts but not on the diploma.
Please be aware of the type of legal documentation required for your name change and be prepared to show these documents and your ID to support your claims.  Name changes to the database are processed in 24 hours.  Name changes can be done at any time but changes made after graduation will not be reflected on diplomas because a diploma is a historical document which reflects your name at the time of graduation.


*Application for 2023 May Graduation due: Thursday, January 19, 2023.

2. Graduation Gown
The regular black "one-use" gown is made of a lightweight material with a black mortarboard hat and a Master of Arts hood in scarlet red. Students may purchase through the AU Bookstore.  Simply go to the bookstore website at and click on the graduation box on the left side of the page. You will be referred to the Jostens home page, the company through which all regalia is ordered. Please note that for the MA in Pastoral Ministry, the color of the Tassel & Hood is RED.

3. Announcements/Name Cards
These are purchased through the AU Bookstore at Personalized and generic announcements are available. Don't wait until the last minute.

4. Lodging
If you wish to reserve a dormitory room, call the office manager of Meier Hall (men's residence), 269-471-3397, or Lamson Hall (women's residence) at 269-471-3439. Generally, guest rooms are available for either gender and for families at both dormitories. Reservations should be made as early as possible--it will be a busy weekend! (Some make campus guest room reservations a year in advance for this weekend) Hotels are available within a range of 10-20 miles. For more complete lodging and transportation information, see the AU Website at

5. Transportation
The AU Transportation Department offers a shuttle service to the South Bend Regional Airport. This service is by prior reservation; call 269-471-3519, or e-mail

6. Graduation Schedule
It is a full weekend with rehearsal practice on Thursday evening. There are ceremonies Friday evening, Saturday morning and Sunday morning. You are encouraged to attend. Details can be obtained from the Records Office, or the Andrews Graduation Schedule.

7. Graduation Application Deadline
View the Andrews University Academic Calendar for Graduation Application deadlines. Graduation Application