Graduation is the process of being awarded a degree. Commencement is the ceremony in which the achievement of a degree is recognized. When a student is ready to graduate, the commencement ceremony is a wonderful celebration of achievement for the student, his/her family and friends. Commencement ceremonies are held in May and in December. August graduates can choose to participate in May or December. Contact the Special Events Center for Commencement logistics questions. Contact the Graduation Coordination Office for questions about your graduation status.