Grad Finale


SPRING AND SUMMER 2020 GRADUATES:

As you know, the situation with COVID-19 in our region is evolving every day. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment believes the widespread transmission of COVID-19 will accelerate during the next several weeks. In addition to proper hygiene, the most effective method of mitigating the spread of this highly contagious respiratory illness is social distancing.

Due to these factors, the May commencement ceremonies have been canceled, along with all commencement-related activities. These decisions were not easy to weigh and finalize, but we must prioritize the health and welfare of our students, faculty, staff, and community based on expert recommendations.

Recently, we polled our spring and summer graduates to understand how they would like to be honored and celebrated. A majority of respondents prefer a dedicated face-to-face ceremony later in the year, so we are adding a third ceremony devoted to spring and summer graduates to our fall commencement plans. This ceremony will be held on November 21, 2020 at 9 a.m.  

In the meantime, the following information is being provided to answer any questions that may arise:

Do I still need to apply/petition for graduation?

The application process is still required in order to finalize graduation details. You need to follow all instructions previously received in order to verify or update diploma information. You need to apply/petition by April 1, 2020.

Do I have to pay the graduation fee now that the ceremony has been canceled?

The graduation fee is required in order to be awarded a degree as stated in the Pittsburg State University catalog. This fee covers not only the cost of the cap and gown, but also the printing and mailing of the diploma as well as other related expenses. Normally there is one set fee whether you walk at a graduation ceremony or not, but due to extenuating circumstances the fee has been broken down into two options to accommodate both students that would still like to receive the regalia as well as those that do not wish to purchase the regalia.

When is the graduation fee due?

The deadline to pay the mandatory graduation fee has been extended to May 1, 2020.

How much is the graduation fee now?

For undergraduate students, the graduation fee is $55 if you would like to receive graduation regalia or $30 if you do not want the regalia.

For graduate students (excluding DNP) the graduation fee is $70 if you would like to receive graduation regalia or $30 if you do not want the regalia.

For DNP students, the graduation fee is $75 if you would like to receive a credit towards purchasing graduation regalia or $30 if you do not want the regalia.

I would like to keep my cap and gown. How will I receive the regalia that I purchased?

Barnes and Noble has offered to ship regalia free of charge to students. You must submit a Regalia Order Form by the end of the day on May 18, 2020, to take advantage of this offer. Fill out the form and e-mail to bkspittstate@bncollege.com. Orders will be filled and shipped via UPS beginning the first week of May. If you have questions regarding this process, contact the Bookstore during normal operating hours, which can be found at https://pittstate.bncollege.com/shop/pittstate/home.

What if I already paid the full amount, but now I don’t want the cap and gown?

If you do not submit a Regalia Order Form, you will not receive the cap and gown. Once the semester ends, a refund will be issued to those students that did not order regalia. You do not need to take any further actions. Refunds will automatically be processed beginning the week of May 25, 2020. The refund will be deposited in the account that you provided to receive other university funds (financial assistance, etc.). If you do not have an account on file, a refund check will be mailed to the permanent address, so make sure demographic information is up to date.

          • Undergraduate refund = $25
          • Graduate refund (excluding DNP) = $40
          • DNP refund = $45

Can I pay my graduation fee online?

If you want to pay your graduation fee online through GUS, you will be required to pay the full amount. We currently don’t have the ability to divide the fee into separate payments because this is usually not an option. We are only allowing this to happen for the current semester due to special circumstances. If a refund is owed because you did not submit a Regalia Order Form, it will automatically be processed beginning the week of May 25, 2020.

What if I don’t want to pay the full amount and only want to pay the $30 graduation fee?

You can contact the Cashier’s Office directly when on campus university operations resume to arrange payment for the graduation fee (minus the regalia).

Will I receive a diploma cover since I won’t be accepting it when I walk at commencement?

Each diploma will be shipped in the black diploma cover usually distributed at the ceremony.

Will there be a commencement program since the ceremony has been cancelled?

A program listing the names of all graduates as well as honor recipients will still be printed. Each graduate will receive three (3) copies of the booklet along with the diploma.

Will I get my honors recognition?

Medallions and cords for University Scholastic Honors, Academic Honors, and other honor societies recognized at commencement will be shipped at the end of the semester.

Are there additional things I need to know?

  • The refund policy only applies to students making the graduation fee payment this semester. If you paid in a previous term and your graduation plans changed moving you to the current semester, you will not receive a refund.
  • There is no change to additional fees, such as international shipping. These fees will remain the same.
  • If you are receiving dual degrees and do not pick up your cap and gown, you will receive the same $25 regalia refund as other undergraduates. You will receive two diplomas and two diploma covers.

ALTHOUGH GRAD FINALE WAS CANCELED, YOU CAN STILL TAKE CARE OF ALL OF YOUR FINAL GRADUATION NEEDS ONLINE. FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW:

  • DEGREE CHECKING—Undergraduate students please click here to complete your graduation application. Verify diploma information and pay the mandatory graduation fee. The deadline to complete the application is April 1, 2020. Fees must be paid by May 1, 2020.
  • GRADUATE AND CONTINUING STUDIES--Graduate students please petition for graduation by April 1, 2020. Fees must be paid by May 1, 2020. Undergraduate students who are interested in graduate studies at PSU may visit our website to review information about applying for graduate school.
  • FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE--Any student graduating who received any STUDENT LOANS while attending PSU is required to complete the on-line Exit Counseling Session at www.studentaid.gov. You will also be able to do your Exit Interviews for both the NURSING LOAN and PERKINS LOAN online with Educational Computer Systems, Inc. (ECSI), after April 30, 2020. Please visit their site at www.ecsi.net for more detail. All of your prior outstanding loan debit is available for you to review at the National Student Loan Data System Student Access site: https://nslds.ed.gov/npas/index.htm. If you have any additional questions, please contact Financial Assistance at 620-235-4240.

Please note** There will be holds placed on your academic transcript until any required EXIT COUNSELING SESSION(S) is/are finalized.

  • CAREER SERVICES--Career Services will be collecting employment and graduate school data. Please take 3 minutes to visit with our staff or complete employment data online through your GUS at https://go.pittstate.edu/career/edr if you have accepted a job offer or have been accepted to graduate school. If not, let us know how we can assist you with your search! Graduates get a year of Gorillas4Hire FREE! Your data will be confidential and will go into a collective database (you will never be singled out) to help counsel future PSU students.
  • JOSTENS--Jostens is excited to celebrate along with you during these accomplishments. We believe in the importance of graduation ceremonies and the celebration of this life accomplishment. Jostens will provide every opportunity for you to celebrate your achievement by offering special promotions through June 30, 2020. Visit www.Jostens.com or call 1-800-854-7464.

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  • STUDENT-ATHLETES--Honors eligible graduating athletes should direct graduation questions to Kelly Burnley Miller by email at kbmiller@pittstate.edu.
  • GORILLA BOOKSTORE—If you would like to receive graduation regalia, free shipping is being offered to have the cap/gown/tassel delivered to you. Fill out the Regalia Order Form and e-mail it to bkspittstate@bncollege.com
  • HERFF JONES - FRAMING SUCCESS—We can help you choose a frame to celebrate your success, and a place to display your diploma when it arrives! “For every frame shipped, a tree is planted.” Order online: www.framingsuccess.com and we will ship to your address.
    Or grab a frame at the PSU Gorilla Bookstore when on campus operations resume and save the shipping fee. Congratulations!
  • PSU ALUMNI AND CONSTITUENT RELATIONS--Check out opportunities available to you as alumni. Learn about alumni gatherings, programs, services, and ways to remain connected after graduation. For more information visit http://www.pittstate.edu/alumni. Remember: "Once a Gorilla...Always a Gorilla."