Degree Clearance Information

To graduate, all undergraduate students must apply for degree clearance using the steps below. (NOTE: Registering to participate in the spring commencement ceremony is a different process.)

How to Apply for Degree Clearance (for CFANS students):

  1. Early in the semester you intend to graduate, fill out this online application for undergraduate degree, provided by OneStop. Be sure to follow these deadlines.

  2. CFANS approves your degree clearance by using your APAS report to verify that you've completed all your degree program requirements. Review your APAS report each semester to be sure it's accurate. If you need to update your APAS report, contact the CFANS Student Services Office for help with the process. Don't wait until you apply for degree clearance to inform us of changes.

  3. After you apply for degree clearance and then finish your coursework, we will send you a letter stating that your degree has been granted and that it will be posted to your transcript. The University will mail you your diploma approximately two months after you receive the graduation notice from CFANS. If you do not finish your degree, you will receive a "lack" letter and you will have to update your degree application information.

  4. CFANS holds its commencement ceremony once each year, in May. All students who have completed or will be completing their degree during the academic year are invited to participate in the commencement event.

Your Semester of Graduation
Your semester of graduation depends on when you complete your final requirements. For example, if you apply to graduate in the fall, but it takes until spring semester to satisfy an incomplete, your term of graduation will be spring semester. Remember that you must update your online application for degree clearance if you aren't cleared for graduation in the semester for which you originally applied.

Important Things to Remember

  • The University will not confirm your degree until you clear all holds from your record.

  • You must achieve a grade of C-or better in all courses required for your major.

  • All required classes must be taken for a grade, unless only offered S/N.

  • Pay close attention to your college progress and review your APAS report regularly.

  • CFANS is devoted to your success! Take advantage of our knowledgeable professionals. Contact the CFANS Student Services Office if you need help.

Diplomas, and Confirmation of Degree Clearance
After your degree clearance has been approved, it is added to your transcript as soon as possible. You can use that information to confirm your degree with employers, graduate schools or other interested parties. The Office of the Registrar is responsible for distributing diplomas. Diplomas are created after your degree has been cleared. The normal processing time is two months. If you have questions about your diploma, contact the Office of the Registrar at 612-624-1111 or NOTE: Be sure the U of M has your most current mailing address, so your diploma is mailed to the right location.