Friday, February 15, 2008

Applications for graduation

To Our May 2008 Applicants for Graduation:

We have received 110 applications for May graduation. Your applications have been copied, and the originals have been forwarded (on Feb 4 th) to the Graduate School for review. After the Graduate School receives and reviews them, they will forward the applications to the Registrar’s Office for processing. After their review, the Registrar’s Office will post receipt on VIP. This usually takes several weeks to complete; please keep checking.

The Student Services Office simply does not have the time to confirm receipt of graduation applications and adjustment forms for each of you; we will contact you when, or if, we need further forms or materials from you. We review each application for any errors, or required adjustment forms before we send them to the Graduate School or, if we find errors during our review in March-April, we will contact you. It is not too late during our reviews to adjust any errors.

Final clearance is completed when all grades are posted and all student records have been reviewed for graduation by our office. Final approval for graduation is then forwarded for each student to the Graduate School; note that this process takes place after commencement. Please note that we do not confirm individual clearance for graduation; as above, we will contact you if we are concerned about your graduation status and will work with you to resolve any issues.

From the Registrar’s Office: Your academic dean has up to thirty days after the commencement exercises to verify that all graduation requirements have been met and approve your graduation. If you ask us to hold your transcript until after your degree is posted, it will be mailed as soon as the approval is received from your academic dean, your current semester grades are recorded and your degree is posted. According to University policy, transcripts will be held if all financial obligations to the University of South Carolina are not properly satisfied.

Upon confirmation of graduation from the degree candidate's dean, the degree will be posted to the academic records. Degree candidates may wish to periodically check his/her Record of Academic Work for Advisement Only on the Academics tab of VIP to see if the degree is posted.

Diplomas will be mailed to the graduate's permanent address. Diplomas are mailed to the graduates within the United States via first class mail, and to international addresses via registered airmail. May Graduates may expect to receive their diplomas in August.

Transcript requests must be in writing and signed by the student to whom the record belongs. To order a transcript of your University of South Carolina academic record, you may make the request in person on the third floor of Petigru College or send a written request to the Office of the University Registrar, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208-0001. You may also download the Transcript Request form on the Registrar’s site.

We appreciate your patience; the process is in good order. CHILL : )

Carol Williams
Manager, Student Services Manager

Carol Williams
Student Services Manager
School of Library and Information Sciences
University of SC
Phone: (803) 777-0270 Fax: (803) 777-0457

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