Apply for Graduation

Undergraduate students must be have an approved Graduation Evaluation completed prior to applying to graduate.  The Graduation evaluation is typically requested at least 2 semesters prior to the term of graduation.  Graduate students do not require a Graduation evaluation.  For information on when the Graduation Application will open for your desired term, please review important information on graduation including Graduation Application deadlines

1. Log into the Penguin Portal. Select the "Student Dashboard". 

Find the Student Dashboard card

2. Under the  Records heading, select "Graduation Application".  

Select the Graduation Application Link on this page


3. Click on "Click to proceed with your Graduation Application."

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*If you are a graduate student you will be asked about the submission of a thesis or dissertation.

4. You may get an error message.  If you get this error message, please contact your Academic Advisor or Program Director.Grad App 5

5. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “Term Selection.” 

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6. Select select your term for graduation.

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7. Select your current program and click the "Continue" button.

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8. Select your graduation date from the drop down menu and click the "Continue" button.

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​9. Choose the appropriate button regarding whether you will attend the commencement ceremony. There is no additional cost to attend the ceremony so we recommend selecting "Yes" if you are unsure.

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10. Enter your cap and gown information. Click "Continue" button to verify information is correct.

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11. Enter your current email and phone number. Click "Continue" button to verify information is correct.

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12. Enter the name you want on your diploma, it must be your legal name and on file with the YSU Records Office.

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13. Select an address to mail your diploma. If necessary, enter your new address information.

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14. Verify your information and submit the request.

15. Finally, select continue to submit and process your application for graduation. You will receive a message on the screen that indicates your graduation application has been submitted. Please print out this confirmation page for your records until after you have received your diploma.