Columbia College | Columbia Engineering

Senior Year Checklist

Congratulations, Class of 2015! Use this checklist to confirm that you are on track to graduate in May.

  • Confirm that you are on track to graduate with the proper amount of credits (124 credits for College students and 128 credits for Engineering students).
  • Meet with your academic department adviser to be cleared for graduating with your major or concentration.
  • Meet with your adviser from the Center for Student Advising to confirm your eligibility to graduate.
  • Apply for your degree before December 1 to avoid any delays in receiving your diploma and to be considered for honors.
  • Update your contact information in SSOL, and double-check the spelling of your name. Information in SSOL will be used for both the Class Day program and for shipping your diploma!
  • Review your Degree Audit Report for accuracy in SSOL.
  • Confirm that all of your grades and/or incomplete grades from previous semesters are posted accurately and that you have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better.
  • Pay the balances on all of your accounts, and ensure that no holds have been placed by checking SSOL.
  • Register for Commencement in the spring (date TBD) and request tickets (up to 4) for your guests if you plan to attend.
  • Visit the Center for Career Education (CCE) for help with your job search.
  • Complete the 2015 Graduating Student Survey, the purpose of which is to collect and report data on post-graduation outcomes. Survey results are also used by CCE to enhance programs and services.
  • All students whose financial aid packages include federal loans are required to complete an exit interview with Student Financial Services via SSOL.
  • Purchase your cap and gown from the bookstore and keep it in a safe place until graduation.
  • Register for your Alumni Association through the Columbia College Office of Alumni Affairs and Development or the Columbia Engineering Office of Alumni and Development.
  • Join the Alumni Representative Committee (ARC) to interview prospective Columbia students, represent Columbia at college fairs, and attend events for admitted students.
  • Discuss with your family and guests where you will meet them following Class Day and Commencement.
  • Be completely moved out of your on-campus residence by noon on Thursday, May 21, 2015. Visit Housing's spring check-out website for the detailed check-out procedure.
  • Look for your diploma in the mail! Diplomas for May 2015 graduates will be mailed to the “Diploma Address” on file in SSOL.



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