Applying to Graduate

You should plan to apply for graduation about a year in advance of when you anticipate completing all degree requirements. You can apply to graduate by filling out the application for graduation found in your Student Center. This application is necessary even if you do not plan to take part in the Commencement Exercises. This form triggers the Graduation Audit process and provides a vehicle for you to tell us exactly how you want your name formatted on your diploma.

As a reminder, Butler University no longer holds a separate December 2022 Commencement ceremony. All of our graduates, including December 2022 graduates, will have the opportunity to celebrate Commencement with fellow graduates and faculty in separate college-specific ceremonies at our Spring Commencement exercises in May 2023.

While we will not host a Commencement ceremony in December, we are hopeful that all graduates will be able to join us for Commencement in spring 2023. We are confident that all will enjoy the experience of celebrating Commencement with guests, classmates, and faculty. Because the format decreases the number of graduates in each ceremony, it allows for more invited guests and significantly reduces the length of the ceremony.

Commencement ceremonies will be held the weekend of May 5-6, 2023. Details will be sent soon about the exact date and time of the ceremony for your individual college.

Deadline to apply for August 2022 graduation: April 1, 2022
Deadline to apply for December 2022 graduation: May 1, 2022
Deadline to apply for May 2023 graduation: November 1, 2022
Deadline to apply for August 2023 graduation: April 1, 2022

To access the online graduation application from your Student Center, select the Other Academics tab, choose the Apply for Graduation option, then click on the Apply for Graduation link. Select the term you will complete all requirements, click on Continue, and then click on Submit Application.

Click here to find a checklist of items to complete as you prepare to graduate.

Final Year of Academic Residence

Normally a student is expected to take their final 30 credit hours of academic work here at Butler. If it appears that you need to take one or more classes at another university, you should discuss this with the dean in your college. In some circumstances, they may grant “Permission to Intrude”. To obtain permission, begin by completing this form.

For more information about the commencement ceremonies, see the Commencement home page.

Life After Butler

From the time you apply for graduation up until one year after you have graduated, you are entitled to a maximum of five free transcripts. After that, there is a fee for each transcript. The current fee is $9.00 per copy.

Contact Registration and Records to obtain your free transcripts. Additional transcripts may be ordered online thru the National Student Clearinghouse.

The Registration and Records Office is available by telephone at 317-940-9203 and by fax at 317-940-6539. We are happy to answer your questions about graduation, commencement, enrollment verifications, or transcripts.