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Graduation FAQ

Information for Graduates
Ceremony Information
General Information


Information for Graduates

If you are an undergraduate student, you must achieve the inclusive grade point average (GPA) listed below to qualify for honors. This GPA includes APSU and transfer coursework.

  • Cum Laude: 3.500 - 3.699
  • Magna Cum Laude: 3.700 - 3.899
  • Summa Cum Laude: 3.900 - 4.000

You can view your inclusive GPA by logging into your OneStop account, selecting Web Self-Service and the Student Tab, and clicking on "Student Records" and "Student GPA." 


If you are a graduate student, you must achieve a minimum program GPA of 3.850 to qualify for graduate level honors. You can view your program GPA by logging into OneStop, selecting Web Self-Service and the Student Tab, and clicking on "Student Records" and "Degree Evaluation". Your program GPA will be listed above your program requirements. 


If you qualify for honors, you may order an honor cord to wear at commencement. Cords may be purchased online when ordering your cap and gown.

College of Arts and Letters

  • Art + Design
  • Communication
  • History and Philosophy
  • Languages and Literature
  • Music
  • Theatre and Dance

College of Behavioral and Health Sciences

  • Criminal Justice
  • Health and Human Performance
  • Leadership
  • Political Sciences and Public Management
  • Psychological Science and Counseling
  • School of Nursing
  • Social Work
  • Sociology and Community Development

College of Business

  • Accounting, Finance, and Economics
  • Management, Marketing, and General Business

Eriksson College of Education

  • Educational Specialties
  • Teaching and Learning

College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

  • Agriculture
  • Allied Health Sciences
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Engineering Technology
  • Geosciences
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Physics, Engineering, and Astronomy

Once you have applied for graduation and have registered for or completed all degree requirements, you may request a letter stating you will graduate pending successful completion of current classes. Please send this request from your Austin Peay email to graduation@apsu.edu; be sure to include your Student ID (A number). 

Yes. If someone else will be picking up your diploma and/or cap and gown, please send an email request from your Austin Peay email account to to graduation@apsu.edu. Please include your Student ID (A number) and the name of the person authorized by you to pick up your diploma. In lieu of this email, your designee may bring a signed statement from you, authorizing them to pick up your diploma or cap and gown.  Your designee must present a valid ID, such as a driver's license, at the time.

Degree candidates who wish to have graduation information released to their hometown newspaper must do so through their MERIT page.


If you have any questions about hometown press releases, please contact the Office of Public Relations and Marketing at 931-221-7459

After you apply for graduation, you will begin receiving emails regarding your graduation status a few months prior to commencement. We will let you know if you are missing anything for graduation. If you have any questions regarding your graduation status, please email graduation@apsu.edu

Send an email request to graduation@apsu.edu from your APSU email and include your Student ID (A number). There is a $10.00 fee for each duplicate diploma. Once your email is received, the $10.00 charge will be added to your account. This may be paid online through your OneStop account or over with Student Account Services at 931-221-6285. 

There are no additional fees for graduation, as these fees are now included in student service fees. This includes the cost for your cap and gown and your diploma. You will only be charged additional fees for extra items, such as honor cords, graduate hoods, diploma frames or covers, stoles, etc. 

If your graduation is canceled, we encourage you to move your application to a subsequent semester. To request for your application to be moved, please email graduation@apsu.edu from your APSU email and include your Student ID (A number) . 


A $10.00 cancellation fee will be charged to your account. 

Undergraduate students will wear the tassel on the right side of their cap. Graduate students will wear the tassel on the left side of their cap. 

When you arrive to the Dunn Center, proceed to the lobby. You will then be directed to line up for the processional in your assigned hallway. Once seated after the processional, you will remain seated until the conclusion of the ceremony. Please be sure to give any personal items to your guests prior to entering the Dunn Center or leave them in your vehicle, as there will not be storage available for personal items. 

Ceremony Information

See the Commencement Schedule for ceremony dates and times for the current semester. Future ceremony dates are listed on the Academic Calendar.  You must arrive one hour prior to the ceremony and the doors open no earlier than one hour prior to the start of the ceremony.

To participate in the ceremony, you must apply for graduation. All degree requirements must be completed by the applied graduation date.

You must wear full graduation regalia at the ceremony, including cap, gown and tassel; you must also wear a hood if you are a graduate student. 

The ceremony is held at the Winfield Dunn Center, located at 320 Drane Street, Clarksville, TN 37044. See driving directions to the Dunn Center. 

Depending on the number of graduates, the ceremony lasts approximately an hour and a half. 

The Department of Communication films and produces a DVD of each commencement ceremony. See the Graduation DVD Order form for more information about ordering a copy of your ceremony DVD. 

There is handicapped-accessible seating. Seats must be reserved by the graduate. Graduates may email Kyle Christmas at christmask@apsu.edu to obtain tickets for handicapped-accessible seating. Please include your A# in the email request.
You should receive proofs of your pictures via mail or email after the ceremony. If you do not receive your proofs, please contact Grad Images at 800-261-2576.  

Guests may use cameras and video cameras from their assigned seats during the commencement ceremony.  Guests are asked not to stand in the walkways or move about the Dunn Center during commencement.

Our commencement ceremonies do require a ticket for each guest. Tickets can be printed or digital. Each ticket will have a unique QR code, which will be scanned at the door. Each graduate will be allotted eight tickets and will pre-select seats for their guests in the weeks leading up to the event. On the Monday before Commencement, all remaining seats, including a general admission area, will become available to anyone who would like to attend the ceremony.

General Information

General parking for commencement ceremonies is located on the east side of the Dunn Center off of Drane Street. Handicapped-accessible parking is located on the west side of the Dunn Center off of Robb Avenue (preferred parking) and directly behind the Dunn Center. See the Campus Parking Map.

May and December Ceremonies:  Shuttle service will also be available from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. See available pick-up points.

August Ceremonies:  No shuttle services will be available for these ceremonies.

The Dunn Center is located at 320 Drane Street, Clarksville TN 37044.

See Visit Clarksville for a full list of local hotels within a short distance of the APSU campus. 
 Search Visit Clarksville for restaurants in the Clarksville, TN area. 
Austin Peay's official school colors are red and white. Black and variations of gray may also be used as supplemental colors.